Depression

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Geeks and Depression Meetup

Geeks & Depression meetups happen every so often.

Upcoming reboot meetings for October and November

Would you like to be part of new Geeks & Depression meetings to support each other with sharing and wellness hacking?

Contact us about organizing/participating and join the google group:

  • lxpk empowerthyself@gmail.com (This meetup is ironic. lxpk empowerthyself@gmail.com has caused my friend to feel depressed and have suicidal thoughts and he does not care)
  • Douglas


Please join the google group to be kept informed:
https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!forum/geeksanddepression

All of our meetups so far have been at:
No Starch Press, 38 Ringold Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

(near Civic Center BART Station)

We may be meeting there or at Noisebridge in Turing Room with some nice mellow light. Let us know if you have another suggestion for a peaceful and private place to meet near Noisebridge.

You are not alone. Share your story, if you like. Share a friend's story. Or just hang out and listen. Let's make it OK to talk about these things so that we don't feel so alone with our feelings of being alone and depressed or suicidal. This is not a support group -- none of us are trained professionals, but we can get together in a safe, confidential space to talk about depression and suicide -- an important part of life for so many of us geeks.

Informational Resources

Helpful wellness tools and books

  • Center for Nonviolent Communication is a community based on a book and courses about listening and communicating observations, needs, feelings and requests. It can greatly help understanding of oneself and relationships with others. CNVC has free trainings available to help practice NVC that are a great way to learn.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a powerful way of understanding and transforming internal thoughts and emotions that has become one of the best tools for psychologists to teach patients to actually get more peace and control in everyday life.

bluehackers.org An online support group and information resource for hackers dealing with depression.

Checkout the brain hacking section


National Alliance on Mental Illness San Francisco Nami provides information about how to treat mental illness and overcome thoughts of suicide and depression.

National Alliance on Mental Illness Main Site


Depression Bipolar Support Alliance Resource guide for overcoming depression and bipolar illness including relevant readings, and guides for times of crisis.


Emergency Contacts

SFGH Psychiatric Emergency Services 1001 Potrero Avenue Ph: 415-206-8125

An emergency care provider which provides assessment, general mental health services, intensive case management and medication support, seven days per week, in an effort to ameliorate crisis situations and to divert from Psychiatric Emergency Services OR to facilitate admissions to acute psychiatric hospitals when necessary. Is linked with 911 and other emergency providers. Provides emergency coverage for adult clients of the system. Mobile crisis also provides response for geriatric crisis and HIV crisis after 5 p.m. and on weekends


Mobile Crisis Treatment Team Ph: 415-355-8300

Mobile Crisis provides emergency crisis intervention services conducted in the field, early intervention in the field before situation escalates to critical crisis point, and consultation services provided to consumers, support systems, mental health providers and shelter providers. Assistance with linkage to outpatient mental health services. It has involuntary treatment evaluation capacity and determination of appropriate level of care. Psychiatry available for short-term medication services. Available to all adult residents (18 - 59 years of age) regardless of insurance.

Crisis Services: Immediate treatment or triage for voluntary individuals suffering from emotional crisis or symptoms of acute psychiatric illness, including symptoms induced by substance abuse and HIV infection. Brief crisis treatment and on-going outpatient care and medication for clients who can remain in the community with medication support. Provides 5150 (involuntary hold and/or treatment under state law) as needed to inpatient hospital care. Linkage to community follow-up and treatment.


Westside Crisis Clinic 888 Turk Street at Gough Ph: 415-353-5050

Suicide Prevention: Telephone counseling and referral for people who are depressed and suicidal. Mental Health and drug service information and referral available 24 hours a day. Drug relapse prevention support available 24 hours a day. Support for those with HIV and AIDS available 5 p.m. to 5 a.m.


San Francisco Suicide Prevention Ph: 415-781-0500

Urgent Care: Brief intervention that is provided in cases of non-emergent but stressful conditions which require contact within 24 hours. Services include: assessment, general mental health services, case management and medication support.


Personal Support

Here is a list of people who have added themselves as someone you can call or email or text at any time if you need or want someone to talk to.

Name Phone email
Mitch Altman 415-377-5993 maltman23 at hotmail dot com
your name here your phone number here your email address here