Monday, December 15, 2008

"It started with Arjen doing the last lightning talk at OSDC 2008… a
quick show of hands on who else had dealt with (or was dealing with)
depression. Everybody had a look around, and thus knew that they
weren’t alone. Afterwards, there was more positive feedback which
continued over email in the days that followed. Someone suggested
starting a group, and the same day was born.

The objective of this initiative is to make visible that there are
many fellow geeks among us who are intimately familiar with
depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder. It helps to know you’re not
alone. And it’s not because we’re geeks, but because we’re human. The
Australian BeyondBlue site is of course an excellent resource, but,
because geeks have a specific work environment, there are also
particular challenges in dealing with these issues, and that’s where
we feel our group can help with additional insights, tips, and posts
from others with experience.

Using the logo, we can also make the topic visible at meetings and
conferences around the world, ensuring that indeed no geek need feel
alone in this, or feel unsupported. They can simply look around and
see. Anybody will be able to show their support and understanding, in
a kind and non-intrusive manner."

...a repeated message from Arjen Lentz