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8th ANNUAL

eMental Health International
Congress 2022

10-11 NOVEMBER, AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND & ONLINE

THE WORLD'S LARGEST eMENTAL HEALTH COLLABORATIVE EVENT

30+ SPEAKERS

10+ COUNTRIES

6 INDUSTRY GROUPS

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About the Congress

This year’s Congress will once again be held in Auckland, New Zealand across two days on the 10th and 11th of November 2022. 

An unparalleled line up of local and international speakers will share experiences, lessons and insights from their respective jurisdictions, continuing to cultivate a strong culture of global collaboration within the eMental health industry.

Make sure to join us at what is sure to be the biggest and best eMental Health International Congress yet.

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Mental Health's Transformation

Bringing the Digital Ecosystem to Life

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Speakers

We’ve brought together the world’s leading experts to share their knowledge on what’s working in eMental Health implementation.

Fredrik Lindencrona

Lead for Strategic Improvement and Collaboration, SKL,
Sweden

Christine Morgan

CEO, National Mental Health Commission,
Australia

Anna Dorsey

Chief Executive,
Head Light Trust,
New Zealand

Umar Nizamani

Managing Director, NiceDay International, Netherlands

Dr. Elizabeth Broadbent

Director of AI Psychology Research, Soul Machines,
New Zealand

Brian O'Connell

Director of Mental Health Services,
Whakarongorau,
New Zealand

The eMental Health Collaborative Event of the Year

Connect with the world’s leading eMental Health experts, all in one place

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Due to consistent sell-outs in the past, this year for the first time the eMental Health International Congress will be opening its doors to more than double the previous number of in-person attendees. 

It will also be a hybrid event that is live streamed for those unable to attend in person. 

Join us on the day to connect with global experts and peers, dramatically extending your network and power of influence.

Collaborate

This year’s congress promises to deliver the high-calibre sessions that people have come to expect, including global leaders across five key industries; lived experience, strategy and policy, research and academics, the health care workforce, and the IT industry. 

There will be ample opportunity to network with colleagues from around the world, sparking fruitful collaboration between the world’s best and brightest minds. 

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The Congress will showcase the latest ground-breaking developments in eMental health innovation, thought leadership and strategy, and champion the participation of lived experience representatives. 

Congress proves to be a consistent opportunity to learn what’s working around the world, and how we can continue to develop the global eMental Health Ecosystem to get it right for service users and providers alike.

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At the core of everything eMHIC does is our vision of a future where everyone has access to digital tools to promote mental wellbeing and recovery at a time and place of their choice. Cross-border collaboration at the Congress is the ultimate vehicle to achieving this. 

Come and support the mental health industry create a seamless future of mental health, and be part of this crucial movement toward making mental health support accessible to all. 

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Taimi Allan

Director, Ember Innovations

MC

If you google Taimi Allan you will be confused by her diverse roles ranging from Butler, Flight Attendant, Actor and Chef, but for the last 20 years has dedicated her working and personal life to using her own lived experiences of mental distress, addiction and surviving suicide to making a positive difference to the journeys of tāngata whai iti ora and whanau (service users and their families). As the Tumu Whakarae/ Director of Ember Innovations, Taimi uses her own lived expertise coupled with a practical understanding of designing and delivering innovative wellbeing solutions to support Innovators and Entrepreneurs.  

 

Some of her previous projects and collaborations include the world’s first national peer-supported holistic, online and fully accessible wellbeing sessions, an award winning bicultural and fully accessible Lived Experience Leadership programme, a Virtual Reality Power of Contact empathy building interactive film-platform, and a global arts, comedy and theatre festival.

 

 Taimi currently serves on Te Hiringa Mahara, (The Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission of New Zealand), The Royal Commission into Abuse in State Care and the national Suicide Mortality Review Committee and is a sought contributor to various strategic governance positions relating sector transformation service improvement, policy and suicide prevention.

Dr. Julie Smith

Clinical Psychologist, Online Educator and Bestselling Author

Social Media

Dr Julie Smith has been a clinical psychologist for over a decade. She worked in both the NHS and private practice before taking to the internet to share insights from therapy and psychology research.

 

She is on a mission to make mental health education accessible to all. Within 3 years of beginning this mission, her online audience has grown astronomically to over 6 million followers across the different video and social media platforms. Her videos have clocked up around a billion views. 

 

Her debut book, Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before? has been a no.1 Sunday Times Bestseller and continues to be the UK’s top selling non-fiction book of 2022. 

Pat Deegan

Founder of Pat Deegan & Associates, United States

Lived Experience

For over 30 years, Pat has been a thought leader and disruptive innovator in the field of behavioral health recovery. Pat Deegan’s Recovery Approach includes the award-winning CommonGround Software, Recovery Academy, Medication Empowerment, Certified Personal Medicine Coaching and the Hearing Distressing Voices Simulation. Pat is an activist in the survivor movement and has lived her own journey of recovery after being diagnosed with schizophrenia as a teenager. She has held several academic appointments, has numerous publications, and has carried a message of hope for recovery to audiences around the world.

Victoria Hornby

CEO, Mental Health Innovations, UK

International Phone and Text Helplines

Victoria is CEO of Mental Health Innovations, the charity behind SHOUT, the UK’s first 24/7 crisis text service. From 2011 to 2017, she was Director of Programmes at The Royal Foundation, building a portfolio of projects including the Invictus Games, Coach Core, United for Wildlife and Heads Together. 

Sandy Little

Territorial Manager, Mental Health and Community Wellness Northwest Territories

Healthcare Workforce, Remote Populations and Access

Sandy has been a social worker for 37 years, and has lived and practiced in the Northwest Territories for 26 years. Her experience includes medical social work, children’s mental health and family therapy, crisis work, suicide prevention, social work education, IPV research, and mental health program/policy development with remote, northern communities. Sandy has been part of a team implementing Stepped Care 2.0 in the Northwest Territories in collaboration with seven regional health and social services authorities.

Andrew Slater

CEO, Whakarongorau Aotearoa

Health IT Industry, Phone & Text Helplines

Andrew is a visionary change maker in New Zealand’s e-health landscape. As Aotearoa New Zealand’s youngest CEO in the health sector, Andrew solves heath issues by identifying solutions through both a traditional and innovative lens. Throughout his career he has been committed to changing the country’s health system from the inside out, and growing people so they can deliver better health outcomes.

 

Andrew has been CEO of Whakarongorau Aotearoa (formerly Homecare Medical), a social enterprise providing national telehealth services, since its establishment in 2015. The organisation has grown exponentially in that time from 150 people to today’s workforce of 2,500. Andrew is dedicated to solving inequitable access to health care by creating partnerships in provincial and rural areas to support ethnic communities including Māori and Pasifika, empowering local organisations to provide solutions for the own communities.

 

Whakarongorau Aotearoa’s 24/7 services operate across seven digital channels including voice, webchat and text, and are supported by clinical teams including more than 200 nurses, paramedics and specialists.

Patricia Lingley-Pottie

Co-founder, CEO and President of the Strongest Families Institute

Product Innovation

Dr. Lingley-Pottie has 34 years of pediatric nursing experience with expertise in research methods, scale development and the conduct of randomized clinical trials. Her research work centers around harnessing the advantages of technology to deliver accessible and timely distance, evidence-based interventions to children, youth, adults and families.

 

Over the past 20 years Dr. Lingley-Pottie’s expertise has been focused on: innovative e-system development for online services and design for improved organizational efficiencies; development and evaluation of evidence-based programs; outcome evaluation; telephone and virtual coaching development, training and digital system integration; client-centered care; system scalability; scale development; military families and clinical trial design.

 

As a Scientist at the Izaac Walton Killam (IWK) Health Centre and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Dalhousie University, Dr. Lingley-Pottie continually seeks opportunities and new research partners to develop new programs and to utilize, customize and enhance the IRIS platform (Intelligent Research and Intervention Software) , a sophisticated ehealth information management system she helped develop, to provide innovative solutions to bridge the access gap.

Anna Elders

Clinical Lead, Just A Thought and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Product Innovation

Anna is a mental health nurse practitioner working in clinical practice in primary care at Tāmaki Health, a CBT therapist and the clinical lead at Just a Thought, New Zealand’s digital eCBT service. Anna is the chair of the Digital Wellbeing Industry Group, a SIG of the Digital Health Association and an honorary teaching fellow at the University of Auckland with a special interest in psychological interventions, trauma-informed care and digital mental health solutions.

Roger McIntyre

Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology at the University of Toronto, Executive Director of the Brain and Cognition Discovery Foundation.

Frontline Workforce and Evidence Creation

Dr. McIntyre was named by Clarivate Analytics in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 as one of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds”. This distinction is given by publishing the largest number of articles that rank among those most frequently cited by researchers globally in 21 broad fields of science and social science during the previous decade. Dr. McIntyre has authored/co-authored more than 825 articles/manuscripts and has edited and/or co-edited several textbooks on mood disorders.

 

Dr. McIntyre is involved in multiple research endeavours which primarily aim to characterize the phenomenology, neurobiology, and novel therapeutics of mood disorders.  Dr. McIntyre has been especially interested in identifying innovative, rapid acting psychotropic treatments for mood disorders. Dr. McIntyre’s research has also extended into public health and implementation research at the population-based level.

 

Dr. McIntyre is extensively involved in medical education.  He is a highly sought-after speaker at both national and international meetings. He has received several teaching awards from the University of Toronto, Department of Psychiatry and has been a recipient of the joint Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA) / Council of Psychiatric Continuing Education Award for the Most Outstanding Continuing Education Activity in Psychiatry in Canada.

 

Dr. McIntyre has also contributed extensively to clinical practice guidelines. For example, Dr. McIntyre is the lead author the Florida Best Practice Psychotherapeutic Medication Guidelines for Adults with Major Depressive Disorder and Bipolar Disorder. 

Chris Wright

National Advisor for Digital Mental Health/Head of Programme Digital Mental Health, Scotland

Health IT, Large Scale Implementation

Chris is a system designer, technologist and expert in the field of digital implementation in mental health.  In a career spanning over 20 years he has lead a number of ground-breaking, award winning service transformation programmes that have changed fundamentally how mental health treatments and support is delivered across the population of Scotland.

 

For the past 8 years Chris has held significant and influential national roles within both the NHS and Scottish Government and is currently working in Scottish Government as the National Advisor for Digital Mental Health and as the Head of the Digital Mental Health Programme which he established in 2020. 

 

Chris is passionate about delivering innovative, high quality, sustainable digital services at large scale within mental health speaking regularly at public forums about his experiences and approaches. He work currently is focused on the development of strategy, policy, service and innovative technologies and is working to change the culture across Health and Cares services to maximise the impact and the adoption of digital in mental health.

 

Laura Franch

Ramón y Cajal Senior Research Fellow at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain

Emerging Technologies: Social Robots, Conversational Agents, and Virtual Reality.

Dr. Aymerich-Franch is currently a Ramón y Cajal senior research fellow at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. Previously, she was a Marie Curie IOF fellow (European Commission) at the EventLab, Barcelona University, and at the CNRS-AIST Joint Robotics Laboratory, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (Japan). Before that, she was a Fulbright postdoctoral scholar at the Virtual Human Interaction Lab, Stanford University.

 

She has also been a visiting scholar at the MIT Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a visiting scientist at the Joint Research Centre from the European Commission. Her research promotes the applied uses of emerging technologies for well-being and behavioral transformation.

 

She principally works with social robots, virtual reality, and conversational agents. Laura has a PhD cum laude in Communication (UAB), a MRes in Behavior and Cognition (UB), a MAS in Contents in the Digital Age (UAB), and a BA in Media Studies (UAB).

Rachel Green

CEO, SANE

Product Innovation

Rachel Green commenced as SANE’s CEO in 2021 and has led a dramatic transformation including developing the new SANE brand, ten-year vision and strategy, and led design and implementation of a world-first approach to bridging the gaps in the mental health system through a consumer-designed digital mental health passport and guided service backed by SANE’s incredible peer support workers, counsellors, groups and online digital community forums.

 

Driven by her passion for pursuing big impact, community-designed solutions Rachel also leads from her own lived experience of what she describes as ‘the full charm bracelet’ of complex mental health, including living well with ADHD, GAD, PTSD, ED, her lived experience as a survivor of trauma, assault, family violence and suicide attempts; as well as her experiences as a support person for family members and close friends living with mental health issues and battling suicidality.

Daniel Fung

CEO, Institute of Mental Health Singapore

Strategy and Policy

Dr Daniel Fung is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and also the CEO of the Institute of Mental Health in Singapore. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at all 3 Singapore medical schools. Dr Fung is the President of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions and President of the College of Psychiatrists, Academy of Medicine, Singapore. Dr Fung has co-authored over 200 peer reviewed research papers, books and book chapters. Dr Fung has actively been involved in developing telepsychiatry in Singapore and has also developed a number of digital mental health solutions in the last 10 years including a patented novel treatment for ADHD.

Dr Judy Kurianski

United Nations NGO representative, Professor at Columbia University Teachers College

Workforce Development

Dr. Judy Kuriansky is an internationally known clinical psychologist, and professor of Psychology an Education at Columbia University Teachers College whose popular class is “Psychology and the United Nations”.

 

An expert in trauma, she has conducted workshops and trainings after natural

disasters in Haiti, China, Japan and Iran; during Ebola in Africa; for Syrian refugees in Jordan; and currently about COVID-19.

 

At the United Nations, she represents the International Association of Applied

Psychology and World Council for Psychotherapy; co-organized UN events, successfully advocates about Mental Health and Psychosocial Support, and is Policy Advisor to the Ambassador of Sierra Leone to the US..

 

Author of 100+ published papers, her many books include the “Guide to A Heathy

Relationship”,“Beyond Bullets and Bombs” about the Middle East conflict,“ and the upcoming“Resilient Health: Leveraging Technology and Social Innovations to Transform Healthcare for COVID-19 Recovery and Beyond” – which includes a chapter about eMHIC.

 

A media personality, “Dr. Judy” is a pioneer of radio call-in advice, former TV reporter and newspaper columnist, currently for Black Star News. An investor in Broadway shows, about Tina Turner, the Temptations, and currently “The Piano Lesson”, her band performs original healing anthems, like “Honor Our Girls.” Her dream since 8 years-old was to bring peace to the world.

Richman Wee

Senior Researcher, University of Waikato

Research & Evidence Creation

Richman Wee’s work in the past two decades has primarily centred on ethico-legal, regulatory and public policy issues involving human health and research. He has been covering the waterfront of legal, ethical and policy issues relating to medico- and cyber-technologies, and has been engaged in a suite of roles from policy advisor, to academic researcher, research management, and research funding advisor. He is currently based at Te Piringa – Faculty of Law, Waikato University, for the Law Foundation’s “Technology in Legal Education for New Zealand Project” that involves all law faculties/schools in NZ. He was involved with the pioneering NZ Law Foundation’s cyber and data initiative, as Project Manager for the “Information Law and Policy Project.” He was also a researcher and project manager for the Law Foundation’s multidisciplinary and international “Human Genome Research Project: Law, Ethics and Policy for the Future.” He served as the first Policy Advisor to the Health Research Council of NZ. Richman was the legal member and chair of Multi-Region Ethics Committee in NZ.

 

Andrew Greenshaw

Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience University of Alberta

Research and Evidence Creation

Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at the University of Alberta and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Dr. Andy Greenshaw trained in Europe and Canada.

 

He served as founding Co-Chair of the Alberta Addictions and Mental Health Research Partnership Committee (2006-2015) and is Research Director for the APEC Digital Hub for Best Practices in Mental Health, a digital hub that will serve the combined APEC population of 2.7 Billion people. His active research includes the application of machine learning and data-mining to prediction of differential diagnosis and treatment responses in mental disorders. 

 

He was the single invited panelist to speak on AI and Health at the Canada-hosted G7 conference on AI in Montreal in December 2018. Andy was an invited panelist at the Canadian annual E-Mental Health conference in March 2020 in Toronto, speaking on “Is Change Coming” and was also an invited participant in training on mental health for the RCMP K Division officers’ training in Edmonton in February 2020. 

 

Andy is actively engaged in research into post-traumatic stress injury (PTSI), including collaborations with the Canadian Military. His E-health research includes working with Professor Vincent Agyapong’s supportive text-messaging group, including the $1M COVID-19 project Text4Hope.

Nicholas Watters

Nicholas Watters is the Director of Access to Quality Mental Health Services at the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

Strategy and Policy

Nicholas Watters is the Director of Access to Quality Mental Health Services at the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC). In this role, he leads multiple portfolios aimed at ensuring those living in Canada have access to equitable and culturally safe and appropriate mental health services and supports when, where, and how they choose that are stigma free and recovery oriented. Nicholas is part of the e-Mental Health International Collaborative(eMHIC) Global Leadership Council and a member of the Digital Health Equity working group for Health Canada. Nicholas is a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement award for eMental Health Development, Implementation, and Forward-Thinking Leadership by eMHIC. Prior to joining the MHCC in 2011, Nicholas was the Senior Advisor, Knowledge Transfer and Communications at the Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada. Nicholas has bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Communication Studies from the University of Windsor, and a Master of Business Administration from the Australian Institute of Business.

Michel Rodrigue

CEO, Mental Health Commission of Canada

Policy and strategy

Michel joined the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) in 2015, bringing a wealth of management experience and a unique mix of expertise in performance management, stakeholder relations, finance and accounting, and communications.

 

In his former role as MHCC’s Vice President of Organizational Performance and Public Affairs, Michel brought these elements together as the architect of the MHCC’s new 10-year strategic plan, Answering the Call, which he oversaw from its inception.

 

Michel is driven by his commitment to the principle of mental health for all — where people have equitable access to recovery-oriented, evidence-based, culturally adapted mental health care, when and where they need it.

Topaza Yu

Doctoral Student of Counselling Psychology, University of North Dakota

Anti-racism, anti-opression

Topaza (like the gem) Yu (she/her/hers/elle) is a Counselling Psychology doctoral student at the University of North Dakota. Originally from Saskatoon, SK, Canada which is the treaty 6 territory and the homeland of the Metis. Her area of expertise includes mental health, sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). Her dedication to SRHR is demonstrated by her involvement with the Prime Minister’s Youth Council, advocating for SRHR issues like period poverty and accessible contraceptives. The Prime Minister’s Youth Council is a group of young Canadians who provide non-partisan advice to the Prime Minister and the Government of Canada on issues of importance to them and to all Canadians. She is also highly involved with Action Canada’s Sexual Health and Right’s Board of Directors, where she oversees the health of the organization. Following her doctoral studies, she wants to continue positively impacting SRHR through counselling psychology, advocacy, eMental Health, and entrepreneurship.

Ashley de Silva

CEO, ReachOut

Workforce Development, Product Innovation

Ashley loves helping organisations, people and teams deepen their impact. He’s held senior strategy, operations and communications roles and worked across the community, public and private sectors. As Chief Executive Officer, Ashley leads ReachOut to achieve its vision for better mental health and wellbeing for all young people.

 

Ashley also enjoys collaborating to improve outcomes and drive system change. He is a Board Director for Mental Health Australia and Co-Chair of Telstra’s Technology and Wellbeing Roundtable – a long-running alliance of 40+ organisations from across the corporate, not-for-profit, government and academic sectors that provides a space to share knowledge and find opportunities for collaboration.

 

Ashley holds an Executive MBA from UNSW’s AGSM, a Masters in Positive Organisational Development and Change from Case Western Reserve University, and bachelor’s degrees in Management and Marketing from Monash University.

Shaaz Mahboob

Head of Digital Development, London Region, NHS.

Policy and Strategy

Born in London and raised in Pakistan he obtained his medical degree from there before returning to the UK to pursue Paediatrics. He changed his career path from clinical medicine and healthcare management after completing an MBA from the University of Nottingham and has been in the NHS for over 19 years now. His career spans various fields within the NHS including international recruitment, Health Education England, Primary Care and Community Providers and over 5 years in Public Health at local level in England and national levels in Wales. More relevant to this event is his experience delivering digital transformation programmes  such as a Test Bed Programme Director in Manchester. He is currently the Head of Digital Development for NHS England in London and a lead for Digital Mental Health as his major portfolio domain. He also covers Covid vaccinations Tech and Data as well as the Regional lead for Digital Inclusion.

 

He is a firm believer in the power of prevention and early intervention, and breaking down silo working across the NHS, Local Authorities, Voluntary sector and wider commercial partners.  

Tania Wilson

General Manager, ProCare

Workforce Development

Tania Wilson, General Manager of ProCare Fresh Minds, is a clinical psychologist who has spent more than three decades working in the health sector.  Tania has held senior operational and clinical positions and has experience in leading national and local health initiatives.   She currently leads one of the largest primary mental health and wellbeing services in New Zealand and continues to be involved in several regional and national advisory and governance groups .

 

Tania has a strong commitment to early intervention and integrated models of care and believes that primary care has a vital role in being the first point of call for people seeking help. She has a particular interest in innovative and workable solutions which increase peoples’ access to the right level of help for their mental health and wellbeing when they need it.

 

Tania strongly believes that E-Mental Health tools are integral to accessible service delivery augmenting service capacity while enhancing engagement and choice. Most importantly, e-tools are important enablers of people maintaining their wellbeing and retaining agency over their healthy futures. 

Dena Trujillo

CEO, Crisis Text Line

Health IT Industry, Phone & Text Helplines

Dena Trujillo, CEO of Crisis Text Line, has spent over 20 years operating at the intersection of nonprofit and for-profit, discovering and amplifying models that scale innovative solutions and maximize social impact. Prior to Crisis Text Line, Dena was an Investment Partner at Omidyar Network, where she spent 17 years driving philanthropic initiatives around the world, managing a grant/investment portfolio of over $150 million. 

 

Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7, high-quality text-based mental health support and crisis intervention by empowering a community of trained volunteers to support people in their moments of need. Guided by empathy and innovation, Crisis Text Line endeavors to build an empathetic world where nobody feels alone.

Dr. Victor (Soji) Ladele

Global Innovation Lead, Mental Health & Psychosocial Wellbeing, UNICEF.

Strategy and Policy

Victor Olusoji Ladele is Innovation lead at UNICEF’s Office of Global Innovation focused on Mental Health and Psychosocial Wellbeing Innovation. Previously he helped establish, as Head of Exploration, UNDP’s award-winning innovation Accelerator Labs.  Before that he served in medical field-coordination & strategic information management roles with WHO Health Emergencies (global pandemic response) and army surgeon with UN Peacekeeping

 

He is a medical doctor, with a Master of Business Administration (entrepreneurship). His work experience spans across North, West & Central Africa, North America, and Asia Pacific regions. A recurring theme in his work over the years has been the launching of domain-spanning interventions and public sector  intrapreneurship, often harnessing digital technologies.

 

The future of mental health will look markedly different from the past. As public interest in mental health grows and the technology underpinning many new innovations evolves rapidly with increased awareness of both their benefits and potential for harm. UNICEF is at the forefront of these changes through our commitment to take action, protect and care for the mental health of the next generation. Victor’s role drives innovation management within UNICEF to  secure a future where all young people everywhere have the mental health tools and support they need to thrive and prosper free of stigma.

James Wright

Chief of Crisis Centre Operations, 988, SAMHSA

Health IT Industry, Phone & Text Helplines

James Wright, LPC, is the Chief of Crisis Center Operations for the 988 team at SAMHSA. He currently oversees 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline Administration, the 988 State and Territory grant program, and the 988 Tribal Response program. Before coming back to SAMHSA on the 988 team, Mr. Wright held both the Deputy Director and Chief of Staff positions for the Veterans Crisis Line (VCL), overseeing all clinical and business operations for VCL. Mr. Wright previously led psychiatric emergency services at Johns Hopkins Bayview and Austin Travis County Integral Care, and is a Veteran of the United States Army.

Fraser Ratchford

Vice President, Strategic Relations, Stepped Care Solutions

Health IT Industry, Phone & Text Helplines

When you ask Fraser Ratchford how we can achieve an equitable mental health system, he’ll tell you it comes down to one thing: reducing any and all barriers.

 

Currently residing in Toronto, Canada, Fraser has spent over 30 years in various settings of the health sector developing unique strategies through his out of the box approach to problem solving. On secondment from Canada Health Infoway, he has joined Stepped Care Solutions as Vice-President of Strategic Relations. Fraser brings a wealth of knowledge, fresh yet practical perspectives, and experience energetically leading teams towards a common goal to engage key stakeholders on mental health care system transformation.

 

A collaborator at heart and in practice, Fraser provides strategic guidance by putting individuals with lived experiences at the forefront, emphasizing the importance of listening to the ideas and stories of others to inform decisions. Grounded with a background in information technology and business and a breadth of experience in the digital health space, Fraser brings tremendous value in his people-first approach which will help position Stepped Care Solutions as global leaders and system innovators.

 

In addition to being a strategic visionary, Fraser is a world traveler and a foodie. A lover of the water, Fraser swims on a masters team and has previously competed in the FINA World Masters Championships.

 

Fraser holds a MHSc, Health Administration from the University of Toronto and a BMath Hons Co-op, Computer Science, Information Systems Option from the University of Waterloo.

Dr. Elizabeth Berryman

Founder and Director, chnnl.

Product Innovation, Workplace Mental Health

Founder and director of chnnl Ltd, Dr Elizabeth Berryman has a wide range of clinical governance experience spanning 10 years. Elizabeth has held roles on both industry and community-based boards, including the New Zealand Medical Association, Chair of the NZ Benevolent Society and founding trustee of Wāhine Connect (a professional mentoring service for women). 

 

She has a wealth of experience in the health sector, starting her career as a Registered Nurse in community Māori Health and working in the outback of Australia, before becoming a Medical Doctor working in Psychiatry. Elizabeth is also an honorary academic and lecturer at Auckland University, Faculty of Health and Medical Science in Health Informatics. She is an active researcher into how e-mental health can enable scalable treatment and monitoring methods for mental health.

 

chnnl, launched in 2020, is a solution that helps Healthcare identify psychosocial risks and combat issues such as bullying, harrassment, burnout and suicide. chnnl supports 25,000 front line workers to achieve their very best in life through transforming their organisations through the power of psychological safety.

Rochelle Cave

Project Manager, Parent & Teacher Team, Fearless.

Product Innovation, Families and Parenting

The primary objective of Rochelle’s role is to strengthen the capacity and sustainability of the Whāraurau Parenting Projects: Incredible Years, Triple P and Infant and Maternal Mental Health Projects.

Rochelle comes to us following roles with the Auckland Kindergarten Association as the Kindergarten Engagement Project Manager, preceded by 11 years at Plunket where she worked in the Parenting Education and Community Services sector of the organisation. She has worked as a Parenting Educator, National SKIP Leader, Family Partnership Trainer, and Parenting Programme Manager for the Northern Region.   

In all of these roles a strong, healthy, caring and stable relationship between tamariki and their parents/caregivers has been the central focus.