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Open Sourcing Mental Illness - https://osmi-seattle­

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An open, honest discussion about mental illness from the perspective of an open source developer. Ed Finkler (@funkatron) will be talking about his own struggles with mental illness to raise awareness and end the stigma.

Abstract by Ed

In the spirit of open source, I'd like to shine a spotlight on mental illness. 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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  • Mike L.

    Thanks Ed! And thanks to the group for organizing this one.

    2 · April 15, 2014

  • Terri D.

    Friday's event was great. Really gave me something to think about when I meet someone new. Thanks for thinking of this Jeremy. Thanks for speaking Ed.

    2 · April 15, 2014

  • Jeremy Cole L.

    Thanks Ed!

    April 12, 2014

  • Bob A.

    Great talk and thanks to Ed for sharing

    1 · April 12, 2014

  • Jeremy Cole L.

    Please get your free ticket on This event has limited capacity and only those with tickets will be able to attend. Thank you.

    1 · March 19, 2014

  • Robert M.


    March 16, 2014

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