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World Mental Health Day: Small Changes That Can Make A Big Difference

World Mental Health Day is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma.

In late 2018 and early 2019, BIMA surveyed more than 3,000 people to explore their experience of diversity as members of the UK technology community. The fact that “Tech Professionals are More Stressed than the NHS” along with 66% of respondents being stressed out by their work.

While the UK’s Tech workforce thrives, their mental health appears to be deteriorating. The tech industry is experiencing more than five times the UK national average of depression, but the real question is, how we can reduce these statistics? How can we create and mould an industry that cultivates a  positive mental state for the future?

The catalyst to a healthier mindset is speaking up. Whether it’s speaking up about yourself or checking in your friends, family or colleagues, even small actions can make a huge difference and initiate the path to recovery. Isolation within the workplace is very real. Most of us work within busy environments surrounded by faces, yet stress and anxiety still infiltrate its way in to isolate an individual from “the pack”. A simple “Hello” and engaging with the one another can keep everyone within the loop, a small action can go a long way. If you would like to reach out for yourself or on behalf of someone, click here for additional information from the mental health foundation.

An issue that a lot of us face is that we don’t have enough time in the day to put a few minutes aside for ourselves. In reality, it’s a few changes away. You deserve to have enjoyment within your life, so set some time aside for something you genuinely love to do. On average, an individual uses their phone for 3 hours a day, amount that to an entire week, and you have 21 hours. Practically a full day is dedicated to continual phone usage within one week. Halving the time you spend on your phone a day and replacing it with something that genuinely fulfils you will provide an additional 10.5 hours to your week.

If you’re open to incorporating something new into your routine, research displays that developing meditation as a skill can help control emotion and battle negative feelings. From as little 5 minutes in the morning, every day can show promise. If you’re interested in learning more about meditation, check out the app Headspace to trial some guided meditation sessions.

If you’d like to see how your mental health scores take this survey here to see what’s the best action for you to take next.

For any additional support and advice around mental health, visit Mind.org.