In this episode of The K-12 Tech Experience, Jake Kasowski is joined again by David Mendez, the Information Security Lead and Technical Project Manager at Region 10 Education Service Center. Jake and David have a conversation about mental health in K-12 IT and David shares some of his own personal experiences when it comes to maintaining a good state of mental health. David speaks to the topic of mental health and why it needs to be discussed more often, especially in the IT sector (03:33); how the information age has created anxiety, mental health issues, depression, etc. in today’s society (08:05); how social media impacts mental health (14:12); how the past two years since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic exposed mental health issues (21:42); David shares a personal experience of his in regards to mental health and the expectations he put on himself that impacted him (28:35); David and Jake discuss imposter syndrome, social media, and disconnecting (36:50); David and Jake offer up some good habits to help improve mental health (52:54).

Resources cited and referenced during the conversation:

  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (https://nami.org/mhstats)
  • Overcoming Information Overload (https://psychcentral.com/blog/overcoming-information-overload#1)
  • Video: Habit Loops w/ Judson Brewer, MD, PhD (https://youtu.be/hhxj_4QV_us?t=648)
  • Calm (meditation app, free for schools): https://www.calm.com/schools?from=/schools

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*Disclaimer: This episode features anecdotal experiences and conversations on mental health. This is not professional medical advice.