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100 Apps, Articles, Books, Podcasts and Talks About Mental Health in the Software Industry

100 Apps, Articles, Books, Podcasts and Talks About Mental Health in the Software Industry
Mental health awareness increases the chances for early intervention, which can result in a fast recovery. Awareness reduces negative adjectives that have been set to describe our people with a metal illness. By raising awareness, mental health can now be seen as an illness. Mental health is gradually being recognised as a disease as a result of increased awareness. Treatment is available for these disorders. It is critical to raise awareness about depression and other mental health illnesses in order to eliminate the stigma that surrounds them.

It also helps people understand that they are not alone and that there are numerous support networks available to assist them in overcoming this sickness. This entails instilling in youngsters an understanding of mental health and how to maintain it. It is critical that young people comprehend the concept of self-care and recognise their responsibility for their own mental health.

Mental illness occurs from the interaction of multiple genes and other factors – such as stress, abuse, or a traumatic event – which can influence, or trigger, an illness in a person who has an inherited susceptibility to it. These resources lean more towards mental health awareness in the software industry but generally can be applied within different situations and circumstances. This list was generously compiled by dreamingechoes and 15 other contributors.


  1. Moodpath – Interactive, app-based screening, created to recognize symptoms of depression.
  2. Nyxo – Open source sleep tracking and sleep coaching app for iOS and Android.
  3. Sanvello – Daily tools for stress, anxiety, and depression alongside a supportive community. Based on cognitive .behavioral therapy & mindfulness meditation.
  4. Quirk – A GPL Licensed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) app for iOS and Android.
  5. Three Good Things – Write down three good things in your life every morning.
  6. Wake Up Time – Calculates optimal times to wake up based on your body’s sleep cycles.
  7. We are – A collection of mental health and wellness apps, plus resources.


  1. A Programmers Guide To Stress by Daragh Byrne
  2. Are You More Than Okay: The State Of Mental Health In Tech In 2016 by Julia Nguyen
  3. Beating Burnout: A Guide For Supporting Mental Health At Work by Almanac Core
  4. Coding, Fast And Slow: Developers And The Psychology Of Overconfidence by Dan Milstein
  5. Depression At Work Is Skyrocketing, But It Doesn’t Have To Be Your New Normal by Bev Campling
  6. Developer Depression: Isolation Is The Biggest Problem by Lauren Maffeo
  7. Developers: How to Overcome Imposter Syndrome by Abhishek Pillai
  8. Do Not Disturb by Joe Bell
  9. Encouraging Wellness in a Remote Workpalce by Desi Rottman
  10. For The Developers With Anxiety, And Everyone Else by Daine Mawer
  11. How I Beat Impostor Syndrome And Stopped Feeling Like A Fake by Daragh Byrne
  12. How I Conquered Anxiety And Learned To LOVE Coding by Joyce Akiko
  13. How I Fought Through Anxiety And Depression To Finish freeCodeCamp’s Front End Dev Program by Emily Aamodt
  14. How To Keep Your Mental Health In Check When You Work From Home by WeWorkRemotely
  15. How To Move Your Organization From Fear To Fearlessness by Gustavo Razzetti
  16. How To Prevent Or Recover From Developer Burnout by Anastasia
  17. Hunting For A Web Developer Job… With Crushing Anxiety And No Self-Esteem by James Lave
  18. I Can’t Do It All: My Burnout Story by Molly Struve
  19. Intro To Meditation For Coders by Abe Dolinger
  20. It’s Okay To Not Be Okay by Andrew Montagne
  21. It’s Time To Talk About Mental Health In The Games Industry by Rich Eddy
  22. It’s Time To Talk About Mental Illness In Indie Development by Jessica Conditt
  23. Mental Self Care For Software Developers And Web Designers by B.J. Keeton
  24. Mental Illness In The Web Industry by Brandon Gregory
  25. My Mental Health Toolbelt by Taylor Otwell
  26. On Dealing With Anxiety And Depression As A Developer by Michael Scott Hertzberg
  27. Overcoming Public Speaking Anxiety Of Software Engineers Using Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy by Merve Denizci Nazligul, Murat Yilmaz, Ulas Gulec, Mert Ali Gozcu, Rory V. O’Connor & Paul Clarke
  28. Perfectionism, Anxiety And Learning To Be Kind To Yourself by Jo Franchetti
  29. Programmer Imposter Syndrome: 6 Ways To Get Over Yours by Ethan Urie
  30. Recovering From Burnout by Kieran Tie
  31. Software Developer Careers Considered Harmful by Christian Grobmeier
  32. Sorry, Not Sorry – How To Advocate For Your Mental Health At Work by Jessica DiVento
  33. Taming Anxiety And Hacking Your Way Into Productivity by André Pena
  34. The Programmer’s Great Clinical Depression by Jason Lowenthal
  35. Tips For Dealing With Developer Stress by Rich McLaughlin
  36. Tips To Maintain Your Mental Health As A Software Developer by Steven To
  37. We Need To Talk About Developers And Depression by Greg Baugues
  38. What Happens When Software Developers Are (un)Happy by Daniel Graziotin, Fabian Fagerholm, Xiaofeng Wang & Pekka Abrahamssone
  39. What It’s Like Being A Developer With Schizoaffective Disorder by Fris
  40. What Most Remote Companies Don’t Tell You About Remote Work by Amir Salihefendic
  41. Why Burnout Is Dangerous And How You Can Recover From It (It’s Possible) by Theodora S. Abigail
  42. Why Do Software Developers Suffer From Imposter Syndrome? by Muhammed Rajeef M K


  1. Mental Health In Tech: Guidelines For Employees by OSMI
  2. Mental Health In Tech: Guidelines For Executives And HR Professionals by OSMI
  3. Mental Health In Tech: Guidelines For Mental Wellness In The Workplace by OSMI


  1. A non-profit organisation that aims to empower communities of Black people aged 13- 25, and wants to make more equal and just society for all by Black Minds Matter
  2. Black Therapists Rock (BTR) is an organization committed to increasing awareness of social and psychological challenges impacting vulnerable communities by Black Therapists Rock
  3. The UK’s largest independent organisation to specialise in working psychologically, informed by an understanding of intersectionality, with people who identify as Black, African, South Asian and Caribbean by The Black, African, and Asian Therapy Network
  4. Mental Health Peer Support & Advocacy for Women Of Color by Brown Sisters Speak
  5. Compassionate Coding combines the effective practices of agile software development with a focus on empathy and the latest in positive organizational psychology by Compassionate Coding
  6. Everybody Has A Brain is about creating opportunities for dialogue around personal mental health by Everybody Has A Brain
  7. The intersection of mental health and technology by Hack Mental Health
  8. Community for mental health experiences that encourages people to share their personal stories with trusted allies by IfMe
  9. An Organization that aims at providing support services to those who may be susceptible to related mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, social isolation, eating disorders, etc by Mental Health Hackers
  10. Let’s start a conversation about mental health in tech by MHPrompt
  11. Open Sourcing Mental Illness is a non-profit, corporation dedicated to raising awareness, educating, and providing resources to support mental wellness in the tech and open source communities by OSMI
  12. A repository of self-care resources for developers & others by SelfCare.Tech


  1. Emotional Intelligence And Ethics In Tech by April Wensel in the Happy Porch podcast
  2. Jerk Programmer To Compassionate Coder by April Wensel in the Ardent Development podcast

Talks and Presentations (Videos)

  1. A Conversation About Mental Health In Tech (Distill 2014) by Ed Finkler, Greg Baugues, John Dalton & Paddy Foran
  2. Advocating For Mental Health At Work (AnxietyTech 2018) by Dr. Jessica DiVento
  3. Anxiety & Calm Technology (AnxietyTech 2018) by Amber Case
  4. Authentic Developer (Droidcon Berlin 2018) by Anastasia López Dornak
  5. Beyond Burnout: Mental Health And Neurodiversity In Engineering (DevOpsDays Boston 2018) by James Meickle
  6. Burnout And Your Meat Computer (Electromagnetic Field 2018) by Jessica Rose
  7. Cultivating Compassionate Tech Communities (AnxietyTech 2018) by April Wensel
  8. Debugging Our Feelings: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy For Developers (Peers Conference 2018) by Jamie Strachan
  9. Developers And Depression (Codeland NYC 2017) by Greg Baugues
  10. Developers, Entrepreneurs And Depression (Business Of Software 2015) by Greg Baugues
  11. Emotional Intelligence For Engineers (ngAtlanta 2018) by April Wensel
  12. Fight Tech With Tech (AnxietyTech 2018) by Pamela Fox
  13. Getting Therapy To Those Who Need It Most (AnxietyTech 2018) by Shawn Kernes
  14. Hacking With My Anxiety (AnxietyTech 2018) by Bryan Hughes
  15. Hitting The Wall And How To Get Up Again (Tackling Burnout And Strategies For Self Care (PyCon Australia 2016) by Jackson Fairchild
  16. Howto: Not Get A Burnout (PowerShell Conference EU 2018) by Jeff Wouters
  17. Imposter Syndrome (PyCon Australia 2016) by Bianca Gibson
  18. It’s Dangerous To Go Alone: Battling The Invisible Monsters In Tech (PyCon 2014) by Julie Pagano
  19. It’s Darkest Before Dawn: Alcoholism And Addiction In Tech (DjangoCon US 2016) by Timothy Allen
  20. Living With Bipolar Disorder As A Software Engineer (AnxietyTech 2018) by Jenna Quindica
  21. Looking After Your Mental Health, A Guide For Software Developers (PHP Yorkshire 2018) by Mark Railton
  22. Mental Health In Development (PyCon Australia 2016) by Eloise Macdonald-Meyer
  23. Modern Mindfulness (Hey! 2016) by Joe Bell
  24. Programmers Don’t Like People…Or Do They? (Node.js Interactive 2018) by April Wensel
  25. Self Care: Avoiding Burnout (AnxietyTech 2018) by Shemika Lamare
  26. Stress & Depression, A Taboo In Our Time (GOTO 2017) by Gitte Klitgaard
  27. Stronger Than Fear: Mental Health In The Developer Community (ElixirDaze 2017) by Ed Finkler
  28. Successful, Accomplished, Depressed: A Talk About Performance, Perfectionism, And Burnout In IT (WeAreDevelopers 2018) by Dennis Traub
  29. The Evolution Of VR Therapy (AnxietyTech 2018) by Skip Rizzo
  30. The Mental Impact of Tech Interviews (Abstractions II) by Zack Zlotnik
  31. The Never Ending Hack Mental Health In InfoSec Community (Circle City Con 5.0) by Danny Akacki
  32. UX Of Wearables In Clinical Treatment For PTSD (AnxietyTech 2018) by Ada Ng
  33. VR Mental Health Startup: Idea To Reality (AnxietyTech 2018) by Jonathan Sockell
  34. Why We Need Innovation In Mental Health Tech (AnxietyTech 2018) by Solome Tibebu