HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE MENTAL ILLNESS*

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HELEN DURRANT

*may not have stopped worrying

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1. MY LIFE & MENTAL ILLNESS        IN THREE ACTS

2. MENTAL HEALTH IN TECH

3. MY THREE TOP TIPS FOR              STAYING MENTALLY HEALTHY

ACT ONE: THE EARLY YEARS

1. MY LIFE & MENTAL ILLNESS IN THREE ACTS

Oh Hai!, 2014 - Mel Ede

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ALICE

BOB

EVE

ALICE

BOB

EVE

ME

ME

EATING DISORDER

ACT TWO: LIVING WITH MENTAL ILLNESS

1. MY LIFE & MENTAL ILLNESS IN THREE ACTS

The Blues, 2015 - Mel Ede

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*ACTUALLY REALLY DEPRESSED

  • mental tax
  • social situations are anxiety producing
  • can't explain why you're always bailing
  • ..or why you don't "look" sick
  • hypercritical of yourself in every situation
  • finding time and money for help is a challenge
  • feel ashamed, hopeless, worthless, useless

LIVING WITH MENTAL ILLNESS

MENTAL ILLNESS IS A B**TCH

ACT THREE: LEARNING TO LOVE MENTAL ILLNESS

1. MY LIFE & MENTAL ILLNESS IN THREE ACTS

Mwah, 2014 - Mel Ede

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2. MENTAL HEALTH IN TECH

Fixated, 2015 - Mel Ede

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  • work follows you home
  • pressure to code outside of office hours
  • being in front of a screen all day
  • working remotely
  • judgement of technical knowledge
  • technical skills > social skills
  • our industry is changing rapidly

WORKING IN TECH

MENTAL HEALTH

IS NOT THE SAME AS

MENTAL ILLNESS

TIP ONE: LOOK AFTER YOUR BODY

3. MY THREE TOP TIPS FOR STAYING MENTALLY HEALTHY

OMG, 2016 - Mel Ede

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  • breathing
  • posture
  • go outside
  • exercise
  • get enough sleep

LOOKING AFTER YOUR BODY

TIP TWO: LOOK AFTER YOUR MIND

3. MY THREE TOP TIPS FOR STAYING MENTALLY HEALTHY

The Laughing Pidge, 2016 - Mel Ede

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  • learn to observe your thoughts
  • THOUGHTS ARE NOT TRUTHS
  • change your actions and your thoughts will follow
  • watch what you feed your mind

LOOKING AFTER YOUR MIND

TIP THREE: LOOK AFTER EACH OTHER

3. MY THREE TOP TIPS FOR STAYING MENTALLY HEALTHY

Oscar Kiss, 2015 - Mel Ede

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  • open up
  • create an environment where others feel safe being vulnerable
  • try not to get into a habit of criticism
  • use a code of conduct
  • a rising tide lifts all boats

LOOKING AFTER EACH OTHER

LOOK AFTER YOUR BODY

LOOK AFTER YOUR MIND

LOOK AFTER EACH OTHER

You'll struggle to fix your mental health if your physical health is suffering.

Practice distancing yourself from your thoughts, and paying less attention to unhelpful thoughts.

Foster a supportive working environment by being considerate, respectful and open about your vulnerabilities.

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HELEN DURRANT

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