Unmind in 2018

This time last year we wrote our inaugural annual roundup –‘Unmind in 2017’– and what an incredible twelve months it’s been since. We’ve grown in so many ways throughout 2018, but the best bit (by far!) is our ever-increasing list of wonderful clients who, like us, are deeply passionate about improving the global landscape of workplace mental health.  

We’ve achieved so many milestones throughout the year, such as expanding the team from 8 to almost 30; adding oodles of new, world-class content to our platform; and receiving more 'life changing' feedback from users than ever before, from countries all around the world..! That said, we still feel like Unmind’s journey is just getting started.

We’re super excited to see what 2019 will bring but, before the clock strikes midnight, we wanted to share an update from the (significantly larger!) team – just like last year. We’ve collated their favourite highlights, learnings and photos from throughout the year. Enjoy!

Celebrating the Unmind Christmas party in our new office! 🎉

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AAINA (Head of Design)

Your highlight from 2018

Joining the Unmind team and the pleasure of working with smart, driven people. Oh, and traveling to 22 different cities in one year!

A key lesson from 2018

No one can steal your peace of mind unless you allow them to.

A favourite book and/or podcast from 2018

Book: ‘Becoming’ by Michelle Obama

Podcast: TED Radio Hour


🐶 Genie and Aaina hard at work


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ANA (Content)


Your highlight from 2018

Travelling across Central and South America with my friends for 3 months and joining Unmind!

A key lesson from 2018

No dream is unreachable if you want it bad enough and pester people until you get it.

A favourite book and/or podcast from 2018

Podcast: The Guilty Feminist

Book: ‘A Little Life’ by Hanya Yanagihara

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ANIKA (Data Science)


Your highlight from 2018

Joining Unmind! Being part of an amazing team and working on an impactful product.

A key lesson from 2018

Follow your gut, no matter how irrational it may seem from the outside.

A favourite book and/or podcast from 2018

Podcast: Hidden brain (NPR), ‘Can A Child Be Raised Free Of Gender Stereotypes?’


The team gathered for bi-weekly 'Beers & Cheers'


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BARNS (Engineering)


Your highlight from 2018

I’m so grateful to have joined such a talented team and awesome company.

A key lesson from 2018

Sleep is your ally, don’t test the relationship!

A favourite book and/or podcast from 2018

Book: ‘Lean In’, Sheryl Sandberg

Podcast: Why We Bleep by Mylar Melodies

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CAM (Client Success)


Your highlight from 2018

Petting a kangaroo and joining Unmind, in no particular order. 🦘

A key lesson from 2018

Learning to verbalise when things are tough - it’s not as scary as you think and it makes life easier for you and others around!

A favourite book and/or podcast from 2018

Book: ‘Utopia for Realists, And How We Can Get There’, Rutger Bregman

Podcast: A Therapist Walks Into A Bar

Team lunch in much sunnier times

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DAISY (Head of Client Success)


Your highlight from 2018

Professionally, meeting some amazing people to grow the Client Success Team with at Unmind and personally, visiting Mexico 💃 and swimming with turtles (turt-ollay amazing)!

A key lesson from 2018

Compartmentalise! Sometimes we have enough going on in our lives/minds to sink a small ship but I’ve learnt to let things go (especially the parts I can’t control) a bit better and be more focussed.

A favourite book and/or podcast from 2018

Book:Milk and Honey’, Rupi Kaur

Podcast: Are We There Yet? The Space Exploration Podcast

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DANNY (Commercial Director)


Your highlight from 2018

After a difficult start to the year from a family perspective, I feel privileged to have joined such an incredible team who are laser-focused on an amazing vision.

A key lesson from 2018

Whilst running at top speed can feel effective, sometimes you need to slow down in order to see things more clearly and that will enable you to run faster, for longer.

A favourite book and/or podcast from 2018

Book: ‘Behind the Cloud’, Mark Benioff

Podcasts: SaaStr, VC20 + Radio X - Elis James + John Robins



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DAVE (Growth)


Your highlight from 2018

Moving back to the UK after working abroad so I have the opportunity to see friends and family again and work at Unmind.

A key lesson from 2018:

Never settle, always strive for the best.

A favourite book and/or podcast from 2018

Book: ‘Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen’, Christopher McDougall.

Podcast: How I Built This

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DAVID (Finance)


Your highlight from 2018

Joining Unmind has been without doubt the highlight, that and some amazing trips abroad for 40th birthdays (St Moritz) and weddings (Florence and Bologna).

A key lesson from 2018

That if you no longer look on twitter you don’t really miss anything, (you should still follow @unmindhq though).

A favourite book and/or podcast from 2018

Podcast: ‘Waking Up’ with Sam Harris, specifically the episodes with Tristan Harris, and Jaron Lanier (there’s a theme).

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DR NICK (Co-Founder & CEO)


Your highlight from 2018

The arrival of my daughter Grace and having the opportunity to be part of Unmind, super proud of everything we have achieved this year.

A key lesson from 2018

The huge benefit of being laser focused in helping achieve goals.

A favourite book and/or podcast from 2018

Book: I loved ‘Creativity Inc.’, the story of how Pixar was built is both amusing and inspirational.

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HEATHER (Head of Psychology)


Your highlight from 2018

Taking a leap of faith and leaving the NHS to join Unmind. I’m so glad I made this move and I love being part of such a great team.    

A key lesson from 2018

Good things often happen when you’re least expecting them.

A favourite book and/or podcast from 2018

Podcast: The Guilty Feminist or TED Radio Hour


Heather recording with Jonny Benjamin MBE for his Series 'Talking About Suicide'

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JAMES (Engineering)

Your highlight from 2018

Spending a surprise week in Spain as part of my 40th birthday present.

A key lesson from 2018

Age is a number.

A favourite book and/or podcast from 2018

Podcast: ‘The Infinite Monkey Cage’, Brian Cox and Robin Ince

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JUAN (Data Science)


Your highlight from 2018

Joining such a cool and nice place to work as Unmind.

A key lesson from 2018

Being patient does pay off (eventually).

A favourite book and/or podcast from 2018

Book: ‘Life 3.0 - Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence’ by Max Tegmark

Juan presenting his data dashboard at a Beers & Cheers


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LORI (Engineering Team Lead)


Your highlight from 2018

Travelling to a bunch of cool places, some of which are now my top favorite cities.

A key lesson from 2018

Life is long and the world is big.

A favourite book and/or podcast from 2018

Podcast: HBR’s Women at Work

Book: ‘When Breath Becomes Air’ by Paul Kalanithi

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MARK (Engineering)


Your highlight from 2018

Obviously joining Unmind! Can’t wait to meet everyone in person. [N.B – Mark currently works remote but is headed to London in early 2019!]

A key lesson from 2018

There is no 5 second rule if nobody sees you drop it.

A favourite book and/or podcast from 2018

Book: ‘Catch 22’ by Joseph Heller, can’t believe I didn’t read this sooner.

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NICK TONG (Co-Founder & CTO)


Your highlight from 2018

Being part of a team where there is never any doubt in the ability of the people that you’re surrounded by. Outside of work would be getting a Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy.

A key lesson from 2018

Whatever you do make sure you’re secure online. After doing a white hacking course it’s scary how easy it is to get access to ‘data’.

A favourite book and/or podcast from 2018

Book: 'Ready Player One' by Ernest Cline for downtime and then 'Tools of Titans' by Tim Ferriss (some great titbits in this book and it’s not overly ‘Ferrissed’).

Song: ‘Stand By Your Gun’ by George Ezra.


Getting spooky at the Unmind Halloween party 👻

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PHIL (Product)


Your highlight from 2018

Joining Unmind.

A key lesson from 2018

Quality takes time.

A favourite book and/or podcast from 2018

Book: ‘Born to Run’, Bruce Springsteen. Bruce’s memoirs, incredible music, incredible journey, incredible read. I’d recommend listening to each album as you read the book!

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RY (Co-Founder & CPO)


Your highlight from 2018

It might sound trite, but either (i) watching the Unmind team grow from 7 to 27 over the last year; or (ii) the unbelievably affirmative feedback that we continually receive from Unmind clients and users around the world.

A key lesson from 2018

That it’s unwise to skank onstage at a Less Than Jake and Reel Big Fish concert just 72hrs after running your first marathon… In other words: be kind to your knees/ankles.

A favourite book and/or podcast from 2018

Book: ‘The Diet Myth’ (Tim Spector) – it’s a great read and offers a fascinating, scientifically-backed perspective on the human microbiome.

Podcast: ‘Heavyweight’ (Gimlet Media) – new season(s), same razor-sharp, bone-dry witticisms about life and relationships.


Steve, Nick Tong, Ry (and Frida) after a Summer run

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SARAH (Growth)


Your highlight from 2018

Joining Unmind, duh, but also welcoming two wonderful pups to my worklife with Genie and Dexter, with whom I am deeply in love.

A key lesson from 2018

Trust your instincts, they’re always right. Also you can’t cry to disco music. 💃

A favourite book and/or podcast from 2018

Book: ‘Normal People’ by Sally Rooney. Anyone who’s ever fallen into complicated love/ was an emotionally vulnerable teen should read it.

Podcast: Call Your Girlfriend - reinforcing the power of female besties.

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SAVERIO (Engineering)


Your highlight from 2018

Definitely joining Unmind, but also having two cats with us!

A key lesson from 2018

Teams are stronger than individuals.

A favourite book and/or podcast from 2018

Book: ‘Brief answers to the Big Questions’ -  Stephen Hawking

Podcast: Buddhist Geeks

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STEVE (Co-Founder & CCO)


Your highlight from 2018

Being witness to the inspiring evolution of Unmind from a handful of us to being close to filling three soccer teams. Yes, I said soccer. Deal with it my UK friends.

A key lesson from 2018

Emotion is information.

A favourite book and/or podcast from 2018

Book: ‘A Heart Blown Open: The Life and Practice of Zen Master Jun Po Denis Kelly Roshi’ by Keith Martin Smith. A book about the life of a ‘not-your-average-zen-master’. A refreshing and inspiring read.

Podcast: Waking Up by Sam Harris.


Daisy and Steve bringing their usual enthusiasm 🌟

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TOM (Engineering)


Your highlight from 2018

Margo Lily Flood, b. 9/1/18

A key lesson from 2018

Roll with the punches. Tomorrow’s another day.

A favourite book and/or podcast from 2018

Book: ‘A Perfect Union of Contrary Things’, Maynard James Keenan's authorised biography

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TULARA (Engineering)


Your highlight from 2018

Getting engaged to a very lovely human and moving from Sydney to London.

A key lesson from 2018

Narratives drive personal realities. Something that seems impossible can become achievable with a shift in the story you tell yourself about yourself and about the people around you.

A favourite book and/or podcast from 2018

Book: ‘Daring Greatly' by Brene Brown

Podcast: This American Life

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VICKI (Client Success)


Your highlight from 2018

Joining Unmind of course! And filling my lungs with fresh air in new (to me) areas of the UK and Ireland, it can be easy to overlook beautiful spots right on our doorstep.

A key lesson from 2018

Sometimes, in times of stress and worry it helps to take a step back and evaluate the things in your life that you have to be grateful for.

A favourite book and/or podcast from 2018

Book: ‘Milkman’, Anna Burns

Podcast: Griefcast by Cariad Lloyd


The women of Unmind in November 2018 - Ana has since joined too! 💃


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WING (Engineering)


Your highlight from 2018

Joining Unmind because there's a great team culture valuing personal wellbeing and also a great engineering culture of learning and collaboration.

A key lesson from 2018

More is less: focus on fewer things and be ok with letting go of some dreams so that your main ones become reality.

A favourite book and/or podcast from 2018

Book: ‘Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother’, by Amy Chua. It’s a book recollecting the highs and lows of raising children from an Asian mother’s perspective. This book has helped me understand my cultural background more deeply and made me appreciate my mother a little bit more.


🏃Wing, Steve, Anika, Dave, Tong and Barns during a run over Tower Bridge


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