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eMHIC Webinar: How Sport Can Put eMental Health Ahead of the Game

April 21 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am NZST

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Now is e-mental health’s most influential time. We are all leading a high stress life as we universally navigate pandemic pressures, global warming, conflict, the impending metaverse and what it all means for work and community life as we know it. Disruption leads to innovation and collaboration as we look for strategies to guide us through this new era of uncertainty.

The sports ecosystem is a catalytic testing ground for e-mental health strategies that need to deliver under pressure. Sport has always been perceived as healthy, but like all other contexts it often fails to take care of people’s mental health. In fact, 20.1% of all athletes come out of sport with mental health issues, globally.

As sport grapples with this, attention has turned to prevention and the development of successful  strategies around resilience building and mental conditioning. To implement these strategies effectively in sports demands a model of care that must deliver with speed, agility and sell to millennials and future generations. The sports ecosystem is uniquely placed to meet this need with its ability to generate effective engagement on a global scale.

The sports context also enables us to study our most fragile and vulnerable populations in their key developmental years during short-phased careers, to learn what works in the struggle against mental ill-health.

This is why to us at eMHIC, learning from sports it is a must. Sport is a complex cut of society that offer us a completely diverse – almost handed to us – global focus group that can influence positive change in mental health.

With the right approach, the end user of sport e-mental health can serve as both a crucial source of inspiration and eMental Health’s future super user.

This webinar will explore the following questions:

  • What key opportunities does the sports ecosystem provide us with?
  • In what ways does sport provide us with a global focus group for “accidental innovation”?
  • What is transitional resilience in sport & why should we all be thinking about it?
  • How can we leverage effective engagement strategies in sport to get people excited about eMental Health?
  • What is the right language to use in eMental Health to make it appealing for athletes and other groups to engage with their “mental muscle”?
  • What have we learnt about global inclusion, accessibility and diversity in sport that could help us to ‘engage the disengaged’ and reach all populations?
  • How can these learnings be fed through into the main eMental Health ecosystem?

Expert Panel Speakers

Graziella Thake, Australia

CEO, Board Member and International Speaker - Webinar Moderator

Graziella is the Optimisation Hub’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and a warm force of passion and dedication to sport and youth mental health. She holds a firm belief that we all need to support our most vulnerable to prevent mental illness and ensure positive health development as a core part of economic development.

Her commitment to economic and community development is guided by 30 years of committed experience in human performance, risk, psychology, and leadership. She spends a large percentage of their time leading and advising and has become a globally trusted sounding board and voice for many to relied upon.

She brings 32 years of dedicated leadership experience as a Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and is well-seasoned in the sports, corporate, government, and education sectors, having worked with 26 multinationals. Holding a Master’s in Psychology with specialist qualifications in forensics, business, and sports psychology, her current work at the Optimisation Hub is dedicated to small nations development and leading a world first mental health sports curriculum. She is also a trustee of 100 World Rugby Legends, Global Ambassador of the IKAR Institute in Vienna, and a mentor for Sport IN Global and SIGA championing diversity and inclusion.

She was voted most inspirational female leader of the year for International Women’s Day 2020, for her extensive work in health economics, governance, leadership, charity and giving back (which is in her DNA) delivered with her trademark drive and passion to contribute to every sector of humanity with a focus on ethics and responsibility. Her aim: a better world around us through building sustainable mental health programs and involving mental health in all “health economics”.

Nomsa Mahlangu, Africa

UJ Sport Director, President of FASU , Federation of Africa University Sport, and Africa representative on the FISU Executive Committee

Ms Nomsa Mahlangu is the President of University Sport South Africa (USSA) and Federation of Africa University Sport (FASU), in addition to her full-time role as Senior Director of the University of Johannesburg (UJ) Sport.

Ms Mahlangu has served in various leadership roles including being a Board Member of the FIFA World Cup 2010, AFCON 2013 and CHAN. She also served as the South African Football Association NEC Member, and the Chairperson of the OC African Woman’s Championship (AWC) in 2010, among other roles.

Prior to joining UJ, Ms Mahlangu was previously Head of Department for Sport Administration at the Durban University of Technology, and Sports Manager at University of the Free State. She holds a BA Honours degree in Human Movement Science and a degree in Bachelor of Leisure Sciences: Event and Facility Management from the University of the Free State.

Dr Tim Anstiss, UK

Tim is a medical doctor specialising in behaviour change.  Tim trained as a trainer in motivational interviewing in the mid 90’s and has trained thousands of healthcare professionals in MI, brief interventions, shared decision making and health coaching. When working as an occupational health physician, Tim counselled and supported hundreds of troubled workers with CBT and other approaches, and he currently runs psychological health, resilience and wellbeing seminars, webinars and workshops for organisations and professional groups – including the British Medical Association.

A former international pole-vaulter, decathlete, gladiators contender and team physician for UK athletics, Tim is currently medical adviser to the Rugby Players Association (Eng) and has helped them with their mental health campaign #LiftTheWeight.

Spartaco Grieco, Italy

Board Member Apulia Committee Basketball Federation/ Sport for all Wheelchair Basketball

Spartaco Grieco is the Legal Representative and Project Manager of ASD MARGHERITA SPORT E VITA. Spartaco is the member contact for ASD within Sport in Italy through several European Sport projects co-funded by the European Commission, representing HEPA Europe Member Network and member for Early Career Section. Spartaco’s main role is the EU Sports project manager with comprehensive experience in EU project implementation in over 178 projects. A key focus of many projects has been the acquisition of skills through innovative learning methods for children, youngsters, adults, and seniors with special needs. Furthermore, he is passionate about novel approaches that address gender equality and tackle violence, racism, and intolerance in sports.

 Spartaco is a trainer of youth basketball and has accumulated many years of experience in the field of non-formal training and experience in the ICT sector. He became a board member of the Italian Basketball Federation (FIP) after 12 years along with longstanding experience in the Sport and IT sectors.

Dr Kirill Micallef Stafrace, Malta

MD(Melit.),MSc Sports Med.(Lond.),FFSEM(UK),FF- SEM(Ire.),FFIMS(Inter.), EFSM(EU)

Dr Kirill is an established Sports and Exercise Medicine expert holding various positions in the Republic of Malta, namely, SEM Consultant Mater Dei Hospital, Medical Director Malta Football Association, Director Maltese Olympic Committee, Chairman of the Medical Commission of the Maltese Olympic Committee and Senior Lecturer in Sports Science at the University of Malta.

Until recently, he was Vice President of the European Federation of Sports Medicine Associations and Head of the Sports Medicine Section within The Presidential Guard of the UAE Armed Forces. Over the decades , Kirill has organized, managed, accompanied and enjoyed major heartbreaks and joyous moments with Team Malta during Olympic, Commonwealth and Mediterranean Games.

Coach Patrick Washington, USA

Dallas Texas NBA ( Hub Master Trainer)

atrick Washington’s coaching career reflects persistent hard work and notable achievements. Using a passionate but unassuming approach to service and the community, he has built two basketball programs in Dallas ISD that are recognized at all levels and produced 450 plus wins. 

Washington has produced 26 Division-1 players and coached 4 NBA players. He has also helped over fifty (50) graduating senior student-athletes receive basketball, track and or football scholarships. 

He is a Physical Education Teacher and equally committed to excellence off the court; his student-athletes’ are consistently Honor Roll students and exhibit his Four Pillars, S.E.A.L. (Service, Education, Advocacy, and Leadership). Athletics can teach lessons that can be used to help student-athletes fulfil their dreams and become good citizens. Washington is excited to play a vital role in the development of young men. He truly believes that this is a ministry and basketball is a valuable teaching tool. 

Although he has developed numerous professional athletes and helped countless students reach their goals of becoming Division-1 players, Coach Washington continues to “Give young men an opportunity to compete in Basketball at a high level while teaching and sharing experiences that will make them better students, adults and citizens.”

Tamara Taylor, UK

Coaches Caps for UK female (Hub), Master Trainer

5th most capped England player of all time with 115 caps, captaining her country in 2015.

Biomedical sciences graduate from Newcastle university and currently working as a rugby coach developer for England Rugby. Tamara works  across England mentoring coaches and developing course content for the national qualifications.

Tamara Was part of the World Cup winning squad of 2014 and is still playing and coaching in the women’s premier 15s in England. She is also a volunteer  assistant coach with the Swedish women’s national team.

In 2019 Tamara undertook a world record attempt for playing rugby on Mount Everest and was part of a group who raised over £500,000 for charity. She continues to work as an ambassador for the a charity wooden spoon.

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April 21
9:00 am - 10:30 am NZST
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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.