More Common Than You Think: Mental Illness in Tech
Mental illness is more common than you think. One in four Americans suffers from a mental illness each year. In the tech community, this is often not talked about. Many times, people feel alone and isolated in the tech community with us mostly being introverted people. It is time to start talking about mental illness out in the open and honestly about how it affects us and those around us. In this session, we will talk about what mental illness is and what it is not. How my mental illness has affected me. How it effects the tech industry. How mental illness can affect you and how you can tell if you are starting to have issues. What to say and what not to say to people you know that are affected by mental illness. Finally, how to get help and where reach out for help.
Tracy Boggiano is a Senior Database Administrator for DocuSIgn. She has spent over 20 years in IT, using SQL Server since 1999, and is currently certified as an MCSE Data Platform. Tracy has worked on SQL Server since 6.5. She has spoken at local user groups and numerous SQLSaturdays. She is currently a co-leader of a TriPASS Local Group in Raleigh, NC. Tracy also tinkered with databases in middle school to keep her sports card collection organized. She blogs at databasesuperhero.com. Her passion outside of SQL Server is volunteering with foster children as their advocate in court through volunteerforgal.org and being a mental health advocate as part of the PAIMI NC Advisory Council.
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