Title of Abstract

Exploring the Perception of Mental Health in the Tech Industry through Data Analysis

Session Title

Mental Health and General Wellness

Faculty Mentor

Kristen Abernathy, Ph.D.; abernathyk@winthrop.edu

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Department

Mathematics

Faculty Mentor

Kristen Abernathy, Ph.D.

Abstract

Mental illness is one of the leading causes of death in The United States. Similarly, mental illness costs millions of dollars in direct and indirect expenses, not to mention the impact mental illness has on productivity. When one’s mental illness is not treated effectively, there are negative consequences for the individual and for the general population as well. The stigma around mental illness compounds the problem. This research focuses on the perception of mental health in the workplace, specifically in the tech industry. We have taken 5 years of survey data from Open Source Mental Illness (OSMI) to implement several machine learning algorithms like “K-nearest Neighbors” and “Decision Trees” in order to discover the leading variables in how mental health is perceived. The models in this paper will give predictions for an individual’s perception of mental health based on answers to a selection of prompting questions. These predictions note the most important markers and will influence the creation of solutions for resolving the stigma around mental health.

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Honors Thesis Committee

Kristen Abernathy, Ph.D.; Michael Lipscomb, Ph.D.; Arran Hamm, Ph.D.; Zachary Abernathy, Ph.D.

Honors Thesis Committee

Kristen Abernathy, Ph.D.; Michael Lipscomb, Ph.D.; Arran Hamm, Ph.D.; Zachary Abernathy, Ph.D.

Course Assignment

HONR 450H - Abernathy & HONR 451H - Lipscomb

Start Date

16-4-2021 3:15 PM

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Exploring the Perception of Mental Health in the Tech Industry through Data Analysis

Mental illness is one of the leading causes of death in The United States. Similarly, mental illness costs millions of dollars in direct and indirect expenses, not to mention the impact mental illness has on productivity. When one’s mental illness is not treated effectively, there are negative consequences for the individual and for the general population as well. The stigma around mental illness compounds the problem. This research focuses on the perception of mental health in the workplace, specifically in the tech industry. We have taken 5 years of survey data from Open Source Mental Illness (OSMI) to implement several machine learning algorithms like “K-nearest Neighbors” and “Decision Trees” in order to discover the leading variables in how mental health is perceived. The models in this paper will give predictions for an individual’s perception of mental health based on answers to a selection of prompting questions. These predictions note the most important markers and will influence the creation of solutions for resolving the stigma around mental health.