OSMI Blog

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 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:

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.

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

OSMI Approved as 501(c)(3) Organization

September 22nd, 2016

OSMI Approved as 501(c)(3) Organzation

We're even more official! Today, we receieved a letter from the IRS informing us our application for exemption from federal income tax under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 501(c)(3) has been approved.

We are now an officially recognized 501(c)(3) Nonprofit. We will be able to seek out grant opportunities, as well as tax-deductible contributions. Also, future donations will be tax deductible under IRC Section 170. We have a few logistical things we're working on, such as setting up our bank account and getting our finances in order.

We're estatic that we were approved so quickly and we would like to thank all of our donors and sponsors. We wouldn't be here without every one of you. Thanks for the continued support!

OSMI Applies for 501(c)(3) Status

September 7th, 2016

We want to give everyone a quick update on our nonprofit process. This morning Ed filed our 1023-EZ form that is our official application for 501©(3) nonprofit status.

What does this mean? Beside us being about $275 lighter, we are still not an “Official Nonprofit” according to the Federal Government, although we are still a nonprofit corporation in the state of Indiana. We should expect a response in 90 days (probably less). The response will either be a letter stating our application was approved or a request for more information.

For now, we’re just waiting on a response.

Thanks to everyone that has donated to OSMI. You’re the reason we’re able to do these things, and we have a lot cool things in the planning stages. If you would like to volunteer to help please send an email to info@osmihelp.org and we’ll get you into our ultra exclusive (not at all) Slack channel.

If you would like to donate you can still do that here: osmihelp.org/donate

We're official!

August 18th, 2016

Articles of Incorporation

One of our stretch goals from our latest fundraising effort was to form an official nonprofit. Before you can apply for 501 status you have to first start your nonprofit at the local level. Yesterday (August 17th, 2016), we formed a nonprofit corporation in the state of Indiana. We also applied for (and received) an EIN number from the IRS. The official name of the organization is "Open Sourcing Mental Illness Ltd". Our next step is to file for 501 status which we will be doing in the very near future. We'll keep you updated as we proceed through the application process.

As an official nonprofit we have a board of directors that are in charge of the governing of the organization. Ed Finkler will be serving as the chairman of the board. The board members of Open Sourcing Mental Illness Ltd are as follows: Jennifer Akullian, Joe Ferguson, Gary Hockin, and Jenn Turner.

We would like to thank all of our volunteers, supporters, donators, and everyone who has helped spread the word about OSMI. You all have had a major impact in what we have been able to do so far and we're excited about where we're going from here.