WPWeekly Episode 273 – Mental Health Awareness With Bridget Willard and Ed Finkler

The month of May is Mental Health Awareness month. On this episode, Ed Finkler, founder of Open Sourcing Mental Illness (OSMI), and Bridget Willard, Marketing Manager for WordImpress, join me to raise awareness of mental health.

We start the show by discussing what mental health is and what it means to feel normal. We talk about the stigma associated with opening up to others and why it’s often seen as a brave action. Finkler shares tips on how people can help those battling mental illness. He also explains what not to do.

The following resources were mentioned during the show:

  • WPHugs – A safe space for people to openly discuss mental health issues.
  • Mental Health Support – A public group on Slack that provides mental health support.
  • OSMI Handbooks – Handbooks for employees, employers, and guidelines for good mental health in the workplace.
  • Mental Health First Aid – A course that educates people on how to help those with a mental health or substance-use crisis.

Finkler announced on the show that he is stepping down from his role at Graph Story and will be working on the OSMI project full-time. OSMI is raising funds for 2017. Funds will be used for traveling to speak at events, create and update helpful resources, and a salary. If you’re able, please consider donating. OSMI is a US 501(c)(3) organization, and all donations are tax-deductible.

Stories Discussed:

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2 responses to “WPWeekly Episode 273 – Mental Health Awareness With Bridget Willard and Ed Finkler”

  1. Great talk guys! I mean, it is hard to believe that mental illness has a stigma. Kudos that the tech community and the WordPress community are stepping up to meet this head on.

    Feel free to let me know if I can help in some way.


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