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Open Sourcing Mental Illness

Edward Finkler (FictiveKin)
Geek Lifestyle
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In the spirit of open source, I’d like to shine a spotlight on depression. Not because it’s easy, but because it’s important. Mental illness affects many of us, but the stigma attached to it dissuades most people from talking about it openly. That’s not how we make progress. With this talk, I want to do my part.

I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety when I was thirteen, and I’ve been struggling with it my whole life. In this talk, I’ll discuss how it has impacted my work as a developer, husband, and father.

By speaking openly about my own challenges and successes, I hope those struggling with mental illness will learn how to be happier and more productive, and others can better understand how to be helpful and supportive.

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Edward Finkler

FictiveKin

Ed Finkler, also known as Funkatron, started making web sites before browsers had frames. He does front-end and server-side work in Python, PHP, and JavaScript.

He served as web lead and security researcher at The Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS) at Purdue University for 9 years. Now he’s a proud member of the Fictive Kin team. Along with Chris Hartjes, Ed is co-host of the Development Hell podcast.

Ed’s current passion is raising mental health awareness in the tech community with his Open Sourcing Mental Illness speaking campaign. He is part of Engine Yard’s Prompt campaign.

Ed writes at funkatron.com.