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OSMI founder Ed Finkler is co-teaching a FREE workshop in Lafayette, IN on Saturday

March 9th, 2017

This Saturday, OSMI founder Ed Finkler will be representing our organization's work at a free workshop called "Prioritize Your Mental Health" at the MatchBOX coworking space in Lafayette, IN. He will be joined by Erin Walker of Mental Health America, who will give an overview of stress management and coping skills. If you're located in or near Lafayette, definitely come check out this workshop! More details on Facebook.

On this #InternationalWomensDay, here are a few facts about women and mental health

March 8th, 2017
  • Approximately 12 million women in the United States experience clinical depression each year.
  • About one in every eight women can expect to develop clinical depression during their lifetime.
  • Depression occurs most frequently in women aged 25 to 44.
  • Women experience depression at roughly twice the rate of men.
  • Girls 14-18 years of age have consistently higher rates of depression than boys in this age group.
  • Approximately 10%-15% of all new mothers get postpartum depression, which most frequently occurs within the first year after the birth of a child.
  • Research shows a strong relationship between eating disorders (anorexia and bulimia nervosa) and depression in women. About 90-95% of cases of anorexia occur in young females. Reported rates of bulimia nervosa vary from one to three out of 100 people.
  • Research shows that one out of three depressed people also suffers from some form of substance abuse or dependence.
  • Depression in women is misdiagnosed approximately 30 to 50 percent of the time.
  • Fewer than half of the women who experience clinical depression will ever seek care.

Here at Open Sourcing Mental Illness, we are dedicated to raising awareness, educating, and providing resources to support mental wellness in the tech and open source communities. Some of the most active volunteers in our organization are women, and one of our new projects this year is having some sort of presence at the 2017 Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing, exact details still TBD. If you have other ideas for how we can even better support the women in our communities, please reach out; we're always open to exploring new initiatives.

Have you checked out OSMI's forums yet?

March 7th, 2017

Last fall, we took over management of the Devpressed forums by Greg Baugues; they can now be found at forums.osmihelp.org. It's a great resource if you have a mental illness and want to talk to fellow developers, or even if you don't but just want to help support your peers. (All credit to Greg for kicking things off; we're just helping him out by keeping it going.)

And if you have any ideas for how to make the forums better, please let us know! In keeping with our "open source" approach to all things, we're always open to suggestions for improvement.

Preventing PTSD After Trauma

March 6th, 2017

The OSMI 2016 survey results are part of Data Society's Dataset Challenge for the month of March

March 4th, 2017

Data Society is an online training program for those interested in becoming data scientists. They recently came up with an idea to have a monthly "Dataset Challenge" using real-world datasets on data.world; you can read more about the partnership between Data Society and data.world in this Medium post.

It just so happens that the OSMI 2016 survey results were already up on data.world and ready for analysis, so we're very grateful to have been chosen as the data source for the inaugural "Dataset Challenge"! Hopefully that means we'll get some fresh eyes on the results, with new ideas for how to analyze them.

To participate in the challenge, post an analysis or visualization on the “Data Society Challenge” discussion thread by April 1, 2017. You may also want to check out our Hypotheses & Questions thread. Impressive entries will be highlighted in data.world’s Datasets Digest newsletter as well as Data Society's newsletter, featured in data.world’s Distinct Values blog, and promoted on social media. Plus, data.world will send the top five challenge participants a data.world swag bag.

Episode two: Anxiety with Mike Bell

March 3rd, 2017

Does your employer have a donation matching program? Tell them about OSMI!

March 2nd, 2017

Just a friendly reminder that since OSMI is now a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, all donations are tax-deductible and should qualify for employee matching gift programs. If your employer has such a program, please tell them about us! Send them to our website, show off our useful resources including our PDF handbooks, and our donation information on CrowdRise.

The Pros and Cons of Mental Disorders

March 1st, 2017

Just Announced: OSMI founder Ed Finkler will be speaking at DrupalCon Baltimore

February 28th, 2017

OSMI founder Ed Finkler will be giving his talk "Stronger Than Fear: Mental Health in the Developer Community" at DrupalCon Baltimore, which is taking place April 24-28, 2017 at the Baltimore Convention Center. We will post more details once the event gets closer. Hope to see you there!

Reminder: OSMI founder Ed Finkler is speaking at #ElixirDaze this week

February 27th, 2017

Today is the last day to buy tickets for ElixirDaze in beautiful St. Augustine, FL this Thursday and Friday, March 2-3, 2017. The excellent speaker lineup includes OSMI's founder Ed Finkler, with his talk "Stronger Than Fear: Mental Health in the Developer Community". Don't miss it!