Mental Health: Why it’s so important to me

Mental Health: Why it’s so important to me

The human brain is an amazing thing. It allows us to think, to understand, and to shape the incredible world that we live in. It drives every interaction we have; every decision that we make. It is the reason we are where we are right at this very moment.  

It is remarkably powerful.  

And yet, it is also remarkably vulnerable. Much like every other organ in the human body, our brains can also get sick. 

The sad truth though, is that many of us don’t aid its recovery. We plug away, turning a blind eye to the signs and symptoms that suggest something is not quite right. 

For me, it’s an incredible irony that one of the most important organs in our body is not treated as such. 


This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, a campaign aimed at promoting just how important looking after our mental health really is. 

Mental Health problems affect 1 in 4 of us in the UK, with over 450 million people worldwide currently suffering from a mental health condition. 

I’ve seen first-hand the impact poor mental health can have on someone’s life. It’s affected the strongest people I know. It’s had a massive impact on many of the lives of my closest friends and family, and I’ve had my own struggles with mental health too. 

Not looking after Mental Health can lead some people to a place they never thought they’d go. Suicide is the biggest killer of men between the ages of 20 and 49 in the UK, with over 18,000 people with mental health conditions in the UK taking their own life between 2003 and 2013. 

Mental Health can be an extremely difficult thing to deal with. 

But I’m not afraid to speak out. I’m not ashamed to say I have my own battles with mental health, and I’m not afraid to talk about why I feel the way I feel, to the right people. 

I’m a passionate advocate of starting the conversation around mental health and breaking the stigma behind it. We need to create a culture of trust, where mental health isn’t seen as a negative thing, and people don’t feel ashamed to talk about it.  

Many people think that they are weak because they struggle with their mental health. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. Just like someone with diabetes can be physically strong, someone suffering with depression or anxiety can be mentally strong. 

I’m hugely excited to be making a difference in the mental health space, and if I can help just one person on their journey to improving and looking after their own mental health, I’ll be happy.


We’re all on this crazy planet together. Life can be stressful, and things don’t always quite go to plan. 

Look after the people closest to you. Be kind. Ask them how they are feeling and be patient if they don’t want to open up. 

Let’s start making this world a happier, healthier place to live.  

Let’s start prioritising Mental Health. 

Software Engineer

IMPORTANT: We are not currently actively hiring, but you are welcome to submit your CV below for potential future opportunities.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: £30,000.00 to £50,000.00 /year

Evolyst is building a platform to help organisations improve mental health in the workplace. We’ve worked with leading universities and healthcare providers to develop the roadmap and content for our product and are putting together a world-class team to help deliver it to customers. (for more information see here:

Our system will be a multi-channel cloud-hosted platform giving organisations the tools to identify and address employee mental health problems and improve employee access to mental health services. To achieve this, we will be developing mobile apps, a sophisticated web front end, advanced cloud services, and analytics tools.

Evolyst has been delivering award-winning digital health tools for a number of years but you’ll be joining us at a new stage of our business as we switch to product development. Your input will be vital in shaping the direction and culture of our development team and you will have influence over critical design decisions and will work on varied and exciting development challenges.

Our development team practices Scrumban, a blended agile framework combining the structure of Scrum with the flexibility and responsiveness of Kanban. Meetings are lightweight and we plan only what’s necessary. Following Lean development principles, we respond quickly to change and try to base our decisions on evidence and experimentation rather than convention and guesswork. We love people encourage collaboration and will swarm on stories as a team in order to get them over the line.


We try and provide an environment where people can flourish and enjoy coming to work. To support this we offer a number of benefits:

  • Flexible working hours– core hours are 10am-4pm daily and 37.5 hours per week but there is flexibility outside of this to fit in with real life and we will work with you to try and find hours that are compatible.
  • Regular company activities– We try to plan an activity or a company meal on the close of every sprint. Past activities have included escape rooms, badminton, an art afternoon and footgolf.
  • Relaxed, friendly environment– the whole company tries to go for lunch at the same time and we encourage employees to take an hour away from their desk.


Culture is very important to us and we are looking for talented individuals that share our core values:

Visionary– Imaginative, Intuitive, Adaptable.

  • We create a better future.
  • We see opportunities, not problems.
  • We dare to think different.

Tenacious– Cohesive, Fearless, Unwavering.

  • We cross the line as a team.
  • We challenge convention.
  • We win, or we learn.

Principled– Humble, Empathetic, Admirable.

  • We believe that no one is too important.
  • We listen between the lines.
  • We are true to our word.

We are looking for people with a wide range of development experience. We currently build software using:

  • C#
  • Xamarin
  • .NET Core
  • Azure Functions
  • Entity Framework Core
  • Azure Cloud Services
  • Typescript
  • Vue.js

Our recruitment process will comprise an initial telephone screening and a casual chat at a local coffee shop followed by two opportunities to join us at our office for conversations:

  • We show you– you’ll get an introduction to the company and the opportunity to meet the development team to find out more about the role. We’ll show you our working practices and give you an idea of where the company is heading.
  • You show us– we’ll talk through your experience and give you an opportunity to show us what you can bring to the company. We’ll provide plenty of information about what we’ll talk about before you attend so you’ll know our expectations and can show us your best self.

Evolyst is an ethical company where you can make a difference and have a meaningful impact on the future of mental health in the workplace. If you would like to be part of our journey, then we would love to hear from you.


Evolyst is an ethical company where you can make a difference and have a meaningful impact on the future of mental health in the workplace. If you would like to be part of our journey, then we would love to hear from you!

No agencies please.


Medilink Business Awards 2018

Medilink Business Awards 2018

Evolyst winners of the Supply Chain award for the second time!


The winners of the Medilink WM Medical and Healthcare business awards, an annual awards evening recognising the digital health companies for their contributions, innovations and achievements to the sector, have been announced.

Evolyst were shortlisted for two categories;

Supply Chain: for our work on Adjust4Work, an occupational health tool aimed at organisations improving employee physical wellbeing.

Innovation: for our new mental health analytics platform Lumien, that helps organisations support the mental health of their staff whilst building successful mental health strategies.

 Coming up against tough competition from around the Midlands, we are proud to announce that we have won the Supply Chain award for the second time!


The Supply Chain award builds on our nomination for the same award back in 2016, where we were chosen for our work on SlowMo, a self-management tool for those suffering from Paranoia.

The full list of winners from the 2018 Medilink WM awards are as follows;

Start-up award: Orthocell UK

Innovation award: The Tinnitus Clinic Ltd

Partnership with the NHS:  B13 Technology Ltd

Supply Chain: Evolyst

Outstanding Achievement Award: Kimal PLC


See more from the Medilink WM Medical and Healthcare business awards here.

Coventry Telegraph Business Awards 2018

Coventry Telegraph Business Awards 2018

Evolyst win the services award at the Coventry Telegraph Business Awards

A few weeks ago, we announced that we had been shortlisted for the Coventry Telegraph Business awards, for both the ‘Small Business of the Year’ and ‘Services’ categories.

The event was held at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, on the 25th of September. With business networking, entertainment from Faith Tucker and a fantastic three-course meal, the evening was building up to a tense finale.

With hundreds of guests attending the 24
th annual awards evening, this year saw an impressive list of finalists from around the area. But there could only be one winner…

 And it was Evolyst!! We came away with the ‘Services’ award, highlighting our services to Digital Health over the past year. We are so proud that our work in the Digital Health sector is having a real impact on people’s lives, so it is fantastic to be recognised for it by the Coventry Telegraph.

The whole Evolyst team deserves recognition for this award, for all our hard work over the past year!

Congratulations to all other winners and finalists! To see the full list of finalists, and pictures from the awards evening, click here.

It was great to see that Coventry and Warwickshire is home to such a talented and diverse group of businesses. Long may it continue!

Medilink Business Awards 2016

Medilink Business Awards 2016

Evolyst win the Supply Chain award at the 2016 Medilink Awards.

Back in January 2016, we had been nominated for the Start Up category at the 2015 Medilink Awards. At that point, Evolyst had developed from a business idea back in 2012 to a fully operational ehealth software development company at the very heart of innovation, based at Warwick Technology Park.

For the 2016 edition of the Medilink awards, we were nominated for the Supply Chain category for our work on the SlowMo app; and we aimed to go one better than the previous year.

The Park Regis Hotel was the venue for the awards evening, and the event was used to recognise both already established and up and coming Digital Healthcare technology companies.

Coming up against some tough competition in Marks&Clerks and Datalink Electronics, we were honoured to even make the shortlist; but to come out on top and win our category was a testament to just how much we have grown as a company.

We came out with a Medilink trophy and the prestigious title of Supply Chain Award winners!

‘Evolyst, in developing our mental health app SlowMo, have had a huge impact on our organisation. Their user-centred approach has been very complimentary and easy to integrate with the demands and needs of a clinical academic organisation such as ourselves.

The flexibility of their approach has been extremely helpful in allowing us to iterate in response to user feedback and work within the constraints of our research grant funding.’

Dr Amy Hardy

Research Clinical Psychologist, Kings College London.

Full MedilinkWM Medical and Healthcare Business Awards shortlist and winners:


Start Up Award (sponsored by Calthorpe Estates)
  • Creavo Medical Technologies (Winners)
  • Roopra Medtech Consulting
  • Aston Smart Light
Innovation Award (sponsored by Marks & Clerk)
  • Creavo Medical Technologies (Winners)
  • 6PM Group
  • Kimal
Partnership with the NHS Award (sponsored by WMAHSN)
  • 6PM Group (Winners)
  • Imobisoft
  • Physiological Measurements
Supply Chain Award (sponsored by Medilink UK)
  • Evolyst (Winners)
  • Datalink Electronics
  • Marks & Clerk
Outstanding Achievement Award (sponsored by University of Birmingham)
  • The Binding Site (Winners)
  • Vida
  • Imobisoft