OSMI Blog

Stronger than Fear in the EU

June 1st, 2017

Our founder and supreme leader, Ed Finkler, has done a fantastic job spreading the word of OSMI around the US. Thanks to your donations Ed’s going to be able to make 2017 (and beyond) even better than 2016, and him going full time working for OSMI is beyond our wildest dreams.

THANK YOU.

With that said, the very challenges that have made Ed such a knowledgeable and compelling speaker; the mental illnesses that have put Ed onto this unbelievable path to helping others also mean that it’s tough for Ed to travel outside of the US. Ed’s anxiety actually rules international travel out of the equation at the moment, and we’ve had to turn down a lot of requests for Ed to present at events in Europe (and beyond) because of that.

To try and help spread the message further than the shores of the US, we’ve decided that Gary Hockin, one of our board members and an experienced international speaker in his own right will be available to deliver the Stronger Than Fear talk in Europe.

Let’s be honest, it’s not going to be exactly the same as Ed’s version, but the message will be the same, and Gary has put his own unique spin on things to make the talk as unique and valuable as the original.

If you’d like Gary to deliver Stronger Than Fear at your event, the get in touch at info@osmihelp.org (or tweet @osmihelp), and we’ll do our best to make it happen.

Watch Ed on the Runcloud.io Podcast

May 9th, 2017

Ed appeared on the Runcloud.io Podcast this week, talking about how he got started as a PHP developer, and OSMI. Also he is very loud.

Mental Health in the Workplace and Your Company’s Bottom Line

April 13th, 2017

OSMI founder Ed Finkler was the featured guest on the ZenFounder podcast episode #111

April 12th, 2017

Ed was interviewed about his founding of Open Sourcing Mental Illness by Sherry Walling, Ph.D. of the ZenFounder podcast for their most recent episode, #111. Check out this half-hour episode on their website or in iTunes.

World Health Day: Unmasking Male Depression

April 11th, 2017

OSMI volunteer Christina Keelan is speaking at Mental Health America's annual conference

April 10th, 2017

We're big fans of Mental Health America and all the great work that they do to promote mental wellness, so we're very pleased to have OSMI member Christina Keelan participating in their annual conference, which takes place June 14-16. Early bird registration is available until April 30th, so register today if you're interested in attending. Let us know if you'll be there; Christina would love to chat all things OSMI!

Designing a product with mental health issues in mind

April 1st, 2017

OSMI founder Ed Finkler will be speaking at the PHP Unicorn Online Conference

March 31st, 2017

The inaugural PHP Unicorn Conference will be taking place in the cloud on May 4, 2017. Ed will be giving his talk "Stronger Than Fear: Mental Health in the Developer Community", and this is a great chance to hear him speak if you've never been able to make it out to any of the conferences he attends. Today is the LAST day to buy early bird tickets at the super low price of $50; starting tomorrow, ticket prices will go up to $100 each. Register now.

OSMI is at Amegala's Indy.Code() event today and tomorrow

March 30th, 2017

We've got a booth set up in the expo hall (check out our brand new tablecloth!), and OSMI founder Ed Finkler will be there to talk all things OSMI on Thursday & Friday. If you're at Indy.Code(), come grab a sticker and learn more about the awareness campaign and resources OSMI has been working on to promote mental wellness in the tech community.

Daily reminder: You’re not a bad person if you need to take a mental health break

March 29th, 2017

Not that it's any more true today than any other day, but it feels like several of us need this reminder right now.