This talk will explore the various mental health pressures and impacts that development can have, as well as the strategies developers, and their workplaces, can use to deal with them to support those who may be suffering.
Many conversations have been started about mental health in technology, and it is important for these to continue. Parts of the development process can sometimes lead to situations where looking after yourself can be difficult and it is important not only to be able to minimise the risk of these, but to be able to recognise them and find ways out of them.
On the other hand, the amount of technology to help combat mental health is increasing, and what better demographic to test, use and further develop these technologies than developers themselves. This talk will also discuss the rise and continuity of technology to assist in mental health.
Eloise, aka Ducky, is a computing student. She works part time as a web developer at a local Tasmanian web agency, Takeflight. Her main technical interests are in games technology, human-computer interaction, geographic information systems and any ways she can combine them. She is an active member in communities (including Girl Geek Coffees & Tasmanian Game Development Society), and in her free time she enjoys snowboarding, sailing, playing & making games and teaching kids how to code.