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Dave Horsfall

Research Software Engineer, Newcastle University

About | Research | Mental Health

Mental Health Advocacy

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I advocate for good mental health in the Research Software Engineering (RSE) community. I want to raise awareness of mental health, and create a place where people feel they can talk freely, without being judged. My work is supported by a Software Sustainability Institute (SSI) fellowship, and by the RSE Society.

Interactive Mental Health Talks

I’ve developed an interactive presentation on mental health for research software engineers. The session explores common stressors for software engineers and data scientists working in research, and gives people an opportunity to answer questions anonymously. My aim is to raise awareness of mental health in the workplace, and reduce the stigma of starting conversations about how we are feeling. I’ve presented the talk at several organisations over the last several months. I’d be delighted to run the session for your team too.

Dave gave a version of his talk at the Alan Turing Institute, as a visitor to our Tools, Practices and Systems coffee chat. It was a fantastic discussion, beautifully & compassionately delivered. Invite him to your org! (And keep the conversation going) Kirstie Whitaker Programme Director, Alan Turing Institute

I’m running my interactive presentation on mental health over Zoom. It is free for organisations and individuals to register.

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