Meet the developer group trying to break the mental health stigma in tech, where moving fast and breaking things leads developers to burnout and health issues

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In 2013, developer Ed Finkler founded Open Sourcing Mental Illness (OSMI), an organization that promotes mental health in tech through online resources, handbooks, research, and speaking at tech conferences.
OSMI data suggests that developers face higher rates of mental health issues than the general population.
The group attributes this to how developers often find themselves working long hours with little sleep, leading to serious health risks and a heightened possibility of burnout.
Volunteers at OSMI hope to break down the stigma of talking about mental health, encourage people to reach out for help, create a more supportive environment at tech companies, and provide free resources that anyone can use.
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There’s a toll that can come with the “move fast and break things” mentality of Silicon Valley. While developers may work late into the night to hack the next big thing into existence, that also comes with the risk of long-term effects to their health and burnout.

That’s why developer Ed Finkler wants to raise awareness about mental health issues to the tech community and encourage people to talk about it. He started the organization Open Sourcing Mental Illness (OSMI) in 2013 after he gave a talk at a conference for PHP, a programming language that has been used for building websites like Facebook and Yahoo.

Rather than speaking on a technical topic, as was usual at the conference, Finkler opened up about mental health issues he struggled with since middle school, including depression, anxiety, and ADHD.

After his talk, many people reached out to him, and Finkler realized he could do something more.

“I felt like I struck a nerve, hit something that was important to talk about,” Finkler told Business Insider. “I thought about what I wanted to do about that…Eventually what I sort of settled …read more

Source:: Business Insider

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