A presentation at DevOpsDays Portland 2019 in in Portland, OR, USA by Fen Aldrich
Mental illness is stigmatized and hard to talk about publicly. Doubly so in the tech industry where we assign much of our personal value to our brains. I want to share my struggles with mental health and the lessons I’ve learned from Systems operation and DevOps that have helped me get by and frame my struggle in a manageable way.
In this talk I:
The following resources were mentioned during the presentation or are useful additional information.
Changing how we talk about mental health in the tech community — Stronger than fear.
Excellent resource for mental health in tech/the work place. Research tab contains links to past and present mental health surveys.
First response training for Mental Health. Learn, teach, donate.
Amazing resource from John Sawers about your “emotional API”. The bad news: it’s publicly accessible. The good news: you can refactor it. Seriously check out this talk if anything I say to you resonates.
This is the first video in the two-part segment on “The Wall of Awful”. This put so much into perspective for me and helps me on a daily basis, just by having the concept in mind. Watch this one! (And all of Jessica’s videos, they’re seriously great and easy to digest especially for, you know, the target audience.)
Part Two of the Wall of Awful videos. Watch part one first. Go on to consume additional content from this channel because Jessica is great at distilling problems, Current Research, and Things That Worked for Her in the realm of dealing with ADHD and deserves every additional bit of success here.
Here’s what was said about this presentation on Twitter.