About OSMI

Ed's talk is practically subversive for acknowledging mental health issues out in the open, which is exactly what we all need to be doing.
— Jacqui Cheng

Open Sourcing Mental Illness is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to raising awareness, educating, and providing resources to support mental wellness in the tech and open source communities. EIN: 81-3587896

OSMI began in 2013 as a speaking campaign by Ed Finkler. Ed started speaking at tech conferences about his personal experiences as a web developer and open source advocate with a mental health disorder. The response was overwhelming, and Ed has continued to speak, gather data, and organize efforts to change experiences of those with mental health disorders in the tech workplace. This includes speaking at conferences and companies, conducting research, and creating documentation to assist companies in making supportive environments for those impacted by mental health disorders. He is assisted in these efforts by selfless board members and volunteers who bring their time and expertise to bear on this important issue.

About Ed Finkler

Ed Finkler, also known as Funkatron, started making web sites before browsers had frames. He does front-end and server-side work in Python, PHP, and JavaScript. He has suffered from mental health disorders for his entire life, and believes strongly in open, fearless discussion of mental health issues to combat shame and stigma.

Ed serves as the chairman of Open Sourcing Mental Illness, Ltd, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created to push the OSMI mission forward.

Board Members

Jennifer Akullian, PhD.

Joe Ferguson

Ed Finkler

Gary Hockin

Johanna Merritt Wu, PhD.


Ayumi Bennett

Emily Carter

Arthur Doler

Kara Ferguson

Gabi D'Avila Ferrera

Amanda Folson

Nara Kasbergen

Christina Keelan

Elizabeth Naramore

Tanya Ruth Selvog

Allison Tarr

Matthew Trask