Mental health support at Sourcegraph

What is mental health?

The World Health Organization defines mental health as:

“A state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”

Long-term goals

  1. Normalize the discussion and reduce stigma about mental health across the Sourcegraph team.
  2. Increase access to and awareness of existing mental health resources for the Sourcegraph team.
  3. Understand how our asynchronous culture can contribute to improved mental health for team members, specifically by decreasing the total number of synchronous meetings for team members.
  4. Increase documentation about mental health management resources in our handbook by collaborating and sharing strategies and tools that work.

Mental health roadmap

This section will be used in future wellbeing planning as a brainstorm list for wellbeing initiatives.

Sequence orderSession/EventStructureAudienceProposed TimelineStatus
1#mental-health Slack channel for events, resourcesSlack forumAll team members; opt-inJune 2021Complete
2External Speaker on Mental Health (recorded)Fireside chat with Q&AAll team membersJuly 2021Complete
3Modern Health launchEmployee assistance programAll team membersAugust 2021Complete
4Modern Health information session (recorded)Company-wide information sessionAll team members; opt-inAugust 2021Complete - view here
5Async mental health book clubAsync book clubAll team membersOctober 2021In progress: sourcing ideas
6Leadership Panel: Managing and Identifying Burnout and Fatigue on your team, sharing vulnerabilitiesInternal panelManagers+ aboveDate TBDNot yet started
7Manager Panel: Enabling your teams to take time offInternal PanelManagers+ aboveDate TBDNot yet started

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Sourcegraph-specific toolkits:

  • Manager Wellbeing One Pager - For people managers to begin unpacking how to have conversations around mental wellbeing and to model best practices in regeneration and taking time off.

  • Employee Wellbeing One Pager - For teammates to assess if they might be falling into patterns of burnout, and how to triage effectively by escalating to your manager and others.

  • How to use Modern Health: Sourcegraph Demo - For teammates to understand more about our Employee Assistance Program, Modern Health.

Preventative resources:

Resources to identify and triage burnout:

What if I need additional support?

If at any point you feel as though you or your teammate is in crisis or dealing with a mental health issue which you are unsure of how to deal with, please reach out to any member of the People Ops team immediately either on Slack or confidentially at We will work with you to assess the situation and triage it accordingly with proper resources and support.