Glad the holidays are over? So are we. Tryptophan-induced food coma isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and Black Friday Deals are overhyped and overrated. Just don’t forget that you can still support OSMI anytime by shopping on Amazon through the AmazonSmile program. Set us as your charity once, and then all you have to do is remember to shop through smile.amazon.com rather than just amazon.com. It’s easy!
Amazon Smile is a program where Amazon donates a small % of every sale to a non-profit of your choice. There is no extra cost to you! Just remember to shop Amazon from our Amazon Smile Link:
Last week, our friends at Mental Health America participated in a fantastic Twitter chat with folks from the American Psychological Association's Public Interest Directorate, SmokefreeUs, and the Veterans Health Administration, US Department of Veterans Affairs. The theme was helping people quit smoking for a happier, healthier new year, and several of the questions focused specifically on how mental health plays a role in smoking habits and cessation. The graphic above provided by Mental Health America is particularly illuminating.
Check out the rest of the conversation on Twitter:
Tomorrow, January 31st, 2017, at 6pm PST, OSMI board member Dr. Jennifer Akullian, Psychologist and People Developer at Keen IO, will be joined by Julia Nguyen, Founder of if me and Software Engineer at IndieGogo, John Cutler, Senior Product Manager at ZenDesk, and Erin Frey, cofounder and CEO of Kip, for an evening of short talks, Q&A and open discussion, and mingling. The focus will be on the following topics:
The event is free and open to the public. It will take place at the Keen IO office located at 1458 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.
More information is available on EventBrite.
OSMI volunteer Christina Keelan is still looking for help analyzing results from our 2016 Mental Health in Tech survey. This year, we're trying something new and experimenting with both Kaggle and data.world, and we're particularly looking for anyone who has experience with either of these two tools to help get our analysis off the ground, though we'd welcome a helping hand from anyone with any relevant background or experience with data and statistics.
Data nerds: please reach out and let us know if you think you can be of assistance!
Board member Joe Ferguson is holding a workshop on Tutorial Day called Create Your Own Local Development Environments With Vagrant (Thursday @ 9am in Key Biscayne #1)
He is also doing a regular session on DevOps For Small Teams (Friday @ 4pm in the Grand Ballroom)
Many of the other speakers are longtime supporters as well. If you're attending SunshinePHP, be sure to meet up with us during the hallway track to talk all things OSMI.
We are not affiliated with Bell, but OSMI is encouraging all of its followers to join the conversation on Twitter. More funding for mental health initiatives benefits all of us.
There's also a live Q&A with Clara Hughes and Marie-Soleil Dion at 2:30pm EST. If you have questions or thoughts about mental health or how to help de-stigmatize mental illness, join in!