Published on

Building a Supportive Community: Why Connecting with Other Developers is Vital for Mental Health


Hello, digital warriors! Your friendly neighborhood mental health coach is back with another wisdom-packed session. This time we'll decode why Building a Supportive Community: Why Connecting with Other Developers is Vital for Mental Health. You might be surprised that in coding, like many things, we go faster alone but further together.

In their book, "Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect", Lieberman and FitzGerald have emphasized the importance of social connections for our well-being. This applies equally to the world of developers.

Now, why should developers care about connecting with each other?

  1. Knowledge Sharing: Let's face it, in the tech world, you can't be a lone wolf forever. Collaboration enables knowledge sharing, which is an essential aspect of programming.

  2. Problem-Solving: You know how sometimes a second pair of eyes spots the bug you've been missing for hours? That's the power of collaborative problem-solving, my friends.

  3. Support: From code-related issues to dealing with burnout, a supportive community can offer help and understanding.

  4. Inspiration and Motivation: Hearing others' success stories can be motivating and inspiring, boosting your mental health.

So how can you build a supportive community?

  • Join Tech Groups and Forums: Participate in online tech forums or local coding groups. Many platforms like GitHub, StackOverflow, and others foster developer communities.

  • Participate in Hackathons and Meetups: Hackathons, coding boot camps, and meetups can be great places to network and learn from peers.

  • Mentor and Be Mentored: Find mentors to guide you and be open to mentoring others. It's a two-way street that benefits everyone involved.

  • Open Source Contribution: Engage in open source projects. It’s a great way to collaborate, learn, and contribute.

Remember, folks, we coders are a tribe. We understand the thrill of solving a complex problem and the frustration of being stuck on a bug. So, let's lift each other up and create a supportive environment that breeds success.

That's it for today, keyboard conquerors! Next time, we will be tackling "Coping with Failure and Rejection in the Developer's Journey". So, until then, keep connecting, keep supporting, and keep coding!


  1. Lieberman, M. D., & FitzGerald, C. (2013). Social: Why our brains are wired to connect. Oxford University Press.
  2. Baumeister, R. F., & Leary, M. R. (1995). The need to belong: Desire for interpersonal attachments as a fundamental human motivation. Psychological Bulletin, 117(3), 497-529.
  3. Ellison, N. B., Steinfield, C., & Lampe, C. (2007). The benefits of Facebook “friends:” Social capital and college students’ use of online social network sites. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 12(4), 1143-1168.
  4. Vasilescu, B., Posnett, D., Ray, B., van den Brand, M. G., Serebrenik, A., Devanbu, P., & Filkov, V. (2015). Gender and tenure diversity in GitHub teams. In Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 3789-3798).