In San Francisco? Join OSMI board member Jen Akullian at An Evening of Conversation about Mental Health in Tech tomorrow

January 30th, 2017

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 IndieGogoJohn 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:

  • Mental health tools and tactics for founders and startup employees. How to support yourself, your colleagues, and your community
  • Early warning signs and preventative measures
  • Mental health programs and initiatives for your employees

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.

Are you good with data? OSMI needs your help!

January 29th, 2017

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!

Check Yourself: Common Mental Health Mistakes

January 28th, 2017

Next week, OSMI members are descending on SunshinePHP en masse

January 27th, 2017

Board member Gary Hockin is giving the Day 2 Lunch Keynote, titled Using Open Source for Fun and Profit (Saturday @ 1:30pm in the Grand Ballroom)

Founder Ed Finkler is giving his talk Graph Databases Will Change Your Freakin Life (Friday @ 5:15pm in the Grand Ballroom)

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)

Volunteer Amanda Folson is giving a talk titled Not-On-Calliday: On-Call Best Practices (Friday @ 5:15pm in the Key West Ballroom)

Volunteer Matt Trask is giving a talk called Console Applications: Automate your life away (Saturday @ 11:30am in the Key West 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.

OSMI founder Ed Finkler spoke about mental health at Google Chicago

January 26th, 2017

Speaking in the Talks at Google series today

A photo posted by Ed Finkler (@funka7ron) on

OSMI founder Ed Finkler was at Google's Chicago office yesterday afternoon to talk about mental health in the developer community and OSMI as part of the Talks at Google program. Stay tuned for the video.

OSMI volunteer Christina Keelan participated in RallySecurity's mental health podcast last night

January 26th, 2017

RallySecurity is an information security podcast by Ben Heise, Danny Akacki, and Tony Robinson. OSMI volunteer Christina Keelan joined them as a guest for a thoughtful discussion about mental health in the tech community. Watch the podcast below:

Tweet using #BellLetsTalk today to help mental health initiatives

January 25th, 2017

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!

Help OSMI by Shopping Amazon 🦃

November 23rd, 2016

Ready to sleep in and eat leftovers all day while the unwashed masses fight over Black Friday Deals?

So Are We!

We’ll do all our shopping via Amazon, and now you can support Open Sourcing Mental Illness whenever you purchase anything from Amazon.

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:

Shop Amazon for OSMI now!

Take care of each other

November 9th, 2016

A lot of people had a bad night last night due to the presidential election in the US. If you or someone you know is having a particularly hard time today, please seek immediate help by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

The sad fact is that while many had a bad night last night, millions of people are struggling with some form of mental health issue have bad nights (and days) quite often. Please talk to someone. Speak to your significant other, a co-worker, a friend, a doctor, but please find someone to talk to. You're not alone, and support is out there.

Not sure where to start? We have compiled a list of many mental health resources: https://osmihelp.org/resources

Take care of each other.

Open Sourcing Mental Illness Handbooks

October 10th, 2016

Gary wrote a great blog post about us releasing our handbooks via Leanpub today: https://blog.hock.in/2016/10/10/open-sourcing-mental-illness-handbooks/

Get the books: https://leanpub.com/u/osmi