Chances are each of us counts at least one close friend or family member suffering a mental illness. Anxiety, depression, substance abuse disorder - mental health issues takes many forms, and many are insidious. For all the efforts of public awareness programs, mental health remains a taboo topic.
No matter what we do, our work life is taking a toll on our health. Many of us spend more time where we work than any single other location. And many of us are reluctant to admit our troubles to colleagues for fear of any repercussions. Small wonder our jobs are such a driver of mental health issues.
Talking about mental health in a compassionate and empathetic way can have positive effects.
To present their thoughts on the issue we are hosting some great speakers. We’ll be hosting one main speaker and a series of lightning talks and some discussion afterwards.
20:00 our nearly-patentable discussion panel
20:30 more socialising
Main Speaker: Sarah Nguyen
Sarah Nguyen’s background is in people leadership in the tech and start-up space; she’s currently focused on teaching individuals and companies the skills of emotional intelligence, mindfulness and mental wellbeing via her business, Talentary.
Our Man Owen is co-organiser of Sydney Tech Leaders and is sure to give us a proper bio to use any second now.
James Brett describes himself as a digital leader who is passionate about developing people and organisations to create a positive future for humanity.
Georgie Luhur Cooke - Being open and reducing stigma about mental health
Georgie Luhur Cooke is a user interface engineer at Campaign Monitor. In her spare time she enjoys blogging, lifting weights, getting close to nature, and living an intentional and clutter-free life.
During the day Jared spends his time writing C++ and the occasional JS at Adobe having worked on such products as Photoshop, XD and various engines of the web stack. At night you can find him keeping his web development skills relevant by contributing to compiler explorer (https://godbolt.org). When not in front of a computer you can find him patting dogs in the local park. Please, feel free to share your dogs photos with him tonight.
Amy Allenspach - The ROI When Building A Mentally Healthy Work Environment
Amy is with UNSW Planning and Performance, the team which supplies data and data insights to the UNSW Council, Executive Management, Faculties and Divisions. She has worked in information and data management in the education sector for over a decade as a librarian, a scrum master and currently as a Team Leader (Delivery). Amy is passionate about community building, lifelong learning, and finally completing the Inner West brewery walking tour.
If you or anyone you know needs help:
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