Mental Health in Tech [All]

Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Akullian

Duration: 75 minutes

Track: Evolve

51% of individuals working in the tech community have been identified with a mental illness. This is in contrast to a 20% prevalence in the general population. When you combine the prevalence of mental illness with the long hours and isolation common in tech, the imperative for organizations to support this workforce becomes clear.

Awareness and advocacy around employee mental health is crucial to maintaining an effective workforce. Research shows happy employees are more productive and less likely to leave their job. This talk is focused on reducing the stigma around mental illness and expanding education and awareness. Dr. Akullian will provide background in to mental health and illness, and review the mental health in tech research, including industry-specific burnout. Strategies for improving working conditions will be focused on an organizational and individual level. Founders and executives will walk away with concrete steps for improving mental health in the workplace. Individuals will learn indicators of mental health problems and how to best address them. Finally, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions in a Q&A session following the talk.


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