Open Sourcing Mental Illness

Changing how we talk about mental health in the tech community

Ed's talk is practically subversive for acknowledging mental health issues out in the open, which is exactly what we all need to be doing.
— Jacqui Cheng
We invite Ed to speak every year as his message is pure and useful to everyone in attendance. Our attendees constantly tell us how much they enjoyed it, and more importantly how it helped them.
PyTennessee Organizers
Not only did Ed tell the story in honest and yet humorous way. He provided resources for those who have their own secret and own struggles. Depression and anxiety will visit most people in their lifetimes. Ed's story demonstrates how life can go on and be enjoyed.
Excellent talk that seems to have resonated well with the whole audience. Really incredible.
Excellent talk. He mixes cold hard facts and personal experiences to communicate the importance of mental health in the tech industry in very clear and approachable terms.
What makes it work so well is Ed is just honest and open with everyone. I really hope everyone has a chance to hear this talk at some point, because it is so very helpful.
This has by far been the most valuable talk I've attended at this conference and many others.
I was very impressed by Ed's courage and openness and the way the talk was presented. Deeply impressed.
An extremely courageous and open talk.
Excellent talk that seems to have resonated well with the whole audience. Really incredible.
Inspired by the amount of courage Ed had to share this talk with us, wonderful talk. It was eye-opening to see how the way we interact with people affects them.
Ed always speaks to me. His honest candor and approach to the issue provide a safe space to learn that you are not alone!

Ed Finkler

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. Ed is the Senior Software Architect and Head of Developer Culture at Graph Story.

In 2013, Ed started his Open Sourcing Mental Illness speaking campaign to change how we deal with mental health in the tech community. He has spoken at numerous tech conferences and user groups since then.

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