Mental health issues are something that affects a staggeringly high number of people in the software community yet are a topic rarely spoken about due to the stigmas associated with them.

In this talk we will hear some of the things to look out for in others as well as in themselves, and how it could be affecting them and those around them. Mark draws on his personal experiences of imposter syndrome, depression and anxiety to highlight how these have had a profound impact on his development career. Mark will also be highlighting some of the amazing resources available through Open Sourcing Mental Illness (OSMI) and showing how they can help with your own mental health as well as making your workplace somewhere that nurtures and supports mental wellness. Finally, we'll also be equipped with some resources on where you can go to get help should you be suffering from mental health issues yourself.


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James Titcumb at 15:01 on 14 Apr 2018

Would give 6 out of 5 if I could. Really awesome.

It's always great when people respected within the community open up and share their vulnerabilities, it can only have positive impacts.

The talk was well-prepared and impactful. I would suggest more visual aids during the long 'story time' to keep visual engagement. There were a couple of blips from tech issues but I think more speaking experience will naturally smooth those parts over

Much respect to you for bringing your own story!

I would also add a little to the slides and turn the % maybe into graphics? Or add them as extra.

But very well researched, very well presented, great job!

Daniel Shaw at 23:20 on 14 Apr 2018

An amazing, impactful talk given from the heart. Thanks for sharing your story, and telling us what the greater problem is and how we can help.

Kat Zien at 00:34 on 15 Apr 2018

What James said - really good talk and so brave of you Mark to share your story so openly. I'm glad we're breaking the walls surrounding mental health issues with talks like yours. Really well done, and you handled the tech glitches well given it was your first time speaking! The talk was researched and prepared well, with lots of eye-opening stats given. I also liked that you've given advice to everyone - from the person suffering from mental health issues to their colleagues, friends, family and employers - on how to approach and handle those issues.

Shaun Walker at 13:57 on 15 Apr 2018

Huge amount of respect for being able to stand up in front of a room and share some very intimate details from the past and their own ups and downs with mental health.

I think this was a great talk to raise awareness and give some context to the kinds of environments and personal circumstances that can contribute to things like depression and anxiety, with a good example from personal experience of steps that can lead to a better outcome.

I would concur with others that a few more slides to keep the visual engagement, especially in the statistics section it would be much easier to absorb and remember that information if presented with visual aids/graphs etc.

I could tell Mark was quite nervous in parts of the talk but it was delivered really well and I hope he will submit to other conferences to help spread his experience.

Adam Prescott at 17:12 on 15 Apr 2018

Really enjoyed the talk, Mark brought his own personal stories to it which is a nice way to add the human aspect to it. Mark was also informative throughout the process providing statistics and info on how to find personal help and how employers can also provide help.