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Tomorrow: Fight the Stigma

“Everything is awesome! Everything is cool when you’re part of a team!” – so goes the impossibly catchy song from the Lego Movie. In IT, we are often expected to be caught up in that same spirit – hyped up on the adrenaline of fixing systems, catching hackers, and inventing new stuff. These expectations – which come from external sources like our boss or company or IT culture at large, or internally from assumptions we’ve taken on as personal truths – can fly in the face of how we’re actually feeling. When our feelings turn from just being “a little tired”, “a little frustrated”, or “a little sad” to serious challenges like burn out, rage, or depression, it can be hard to admit, let alone seek help or ask our coworkers for support and understanding. And yet religious, moral, and ethical traditions are rich with stories of people coping with the exact same challenges. In this episode, we’re going to get brutally honest about the mental health challenges we’ve faced and are facing today as well as what lessons from our faiths we can carry with us to provide insight, comfort, and even strength.

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