Mental Health in Tech Survey 2016
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This survey intends to collect information about mental health in the IT/tech community. All responses are anonymous, and no identifying information will be collected or stored. If you have questions or comments about this survey, please email survey@osmihelp.org.

How Will This Data Be Used?


We are interested in gauging how mental health is viewed within the tech/IT workplace, and the prevalence of certain mental health disorders within the tech industry. The Open Sourcing Mental Illness team of volunteers will use this data to drive our work in raising awareness and improving conditions for those with mental health disorders in the IT workplace.

This survey is for everyone working in tech, not just those who have a mental health issue.

All data will be released under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International license.

This survey should take about 10 minutes to complete. Thank you for your time!

Required questions are marked with an asterisk (*)

 
Some questions about work-provided health care may not seem relevant depending on the country you live in. Please answer these questions as accurately as possible. Later in the survey you will be able to indicate the country where you live and work. We will account for this when analyzing the data.

 
Are you self-employed? *

     
 
About your current employer

 
How many employees does your company or organization have? *


 
Is your employer primarily a tech company/organization? *

     
 
Is your primary role within your company related to tech/IT? *

     
 
Does your employer provide mental health benefits as part of healthcare coverage? *


 
Do you know the options for mental health care available under your employer-provided coverage? *


 
Has your employer ever formally discussed mental health (for example, as part of a wellness campaign or other official communication)? *


 
Does your employer offer resources to learn more about mental health concerns and options for seeking help? *


 
Is your anonymity protected if you choose to take advantage of mental health or substance abuse treatment resources provided by your employer? *


 
If a mental health issue prompted you to request a medical leave from work, asking for that leave would be: *


 
Do you think that discussing a mental health disorder with your employer would have negative consequences? *


 
Do you think that discussing a physical health issue with your employer would have negative consequences? *


 
Would you feel comfortable discussing a mental health disorder with your coworkers? *


 
Would you feel comfortable discussing a mental health disorder with your direct supervisor(s)? *


 
Do you feel that your employer takes mental health as seriously as physical health? *


 
Have you heard of or observed negative consequences for co-workers who have been open about mental health issues in your workplace? *


 
Questions for self-employed folks

 
Do you have medical coverage (private insurance or state-provided) which includes treatment of  mental health issues? *

     
 
Do you know local or online resources to seek help for a mental health disorder? *


 
If you have been diagnosed or treated for a mental health disorder, do you ever reveal this to clients or business contacts? *


 
If you have revealed a mental health issue to a client or business contact, do you believe this has impacted you negatively? *


 
If you have been diagnosed or treated for a mental health disorder, do you ever reveal this to coworkers or employees? *


 
If you have revealed a mental health issue to a coworker or employee, do you believe this has impacted you negatively? *


 
Do you believe your productivity is ever affected by a mental health issue? *


 
If yes, what percentage of your work time (time performing primary or secondary job functions) is affected by a mental health issue? *


 
Do you have previous employers? *

     
 
Questions about previous employers

 
Have your previous employers provided mental health benefits? *


 
Were you aware of the options for mental health care provided by your previous employers? *


 
Did your previous employers ever formally discuss mental health (as part of a wellness campaign or other official communication)? *


 
Did your previous employers provide resources to learn more about mental health issues and how to seek help? *


 
Was your anonymity protected if you chose to take advantage of mental health or substance abuse treatment resources with previous employers? *


 
Do you think that discussing a mental health disorder with previous employers would have negative consequences? *


 
Do you think that discussing a physical health issue with previous employers would have negative consequences? *


 
Would you have been willing to discuss a mental health issue with your previous co-workers? *


 
Would you have been willing to discuss a mental health issue with your direct supervisor(s)? *


 
Did you feel that your previous employers took mental health as seriously as physical health? *


 
Did you hear of or observe negative consequences for co-workers with mental health issues in your previous workplaces? *


 
Questions about discussing mental health openly

 
Would you be willing to bring up a physical health issue with a potential employer in an interview? *


 
Why or why not?

Explain why you would or would not bring up a physical health issue in an interview
 
Would you bring up a mental health issue with a potential employer in an interview? *


 
Why or why not?

Explain why you would or would not bring up a mental health issue in an interview
 
Do you feel that being identified as a person with a mental health issue would hurt your career? *


 
Do you think that team members/co-workers would view you more negatively if they knew you suffered from a mental health issue? *


 
How willing would you be to share with friends and family that you have a mental illness? *


 
Have you observed or experienced an unsupportive or badly handled response to a mental health issue in your current or previous workplace? *


 
Have your observations of how another individual who discussed a mental health disorder made you less likely to reveal a mental health issue yourself in your current workplace?


 
Questions about you

 
Do you have a family history of mental illness? *


 
Have you had a mental health disorder in the past? *


 
Do you currently have a mental health disorder? *


 
If yes, what condition(s) have you been diagnosed with?

Pick the best matches to the conditions you believe you have.

 
If maybe, what condition(s) do you believe you have?

Pick the best matches to the conditions you believe you have.

 
Have you been diagnosed with a mental health condition by a medical professional? *


 
If so, what condition(s) were you diagnosed with?

Pick the best matches to the conditions you were diagnosed with.

 
Have you ever sought treatment for a mental health issue from a mental health professional? *

     
 
If you have a mental health issue, do you feel that it interferes with your work when being treated effectively? *


 
If you have a mental health issue, do you feel that it interferes with your work when NOT being treated effectively? *


 
What is your age? *

 
What is your gender?

 
Which of the following best describes your work position? *


 
Do you work remotely? *


Thank you for helping us create safer, more supporting tech workplaces for those with mental health disorders.

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