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eMental Health Hall of Fame





Professor Jo Robinson

Pane, Rangahau ĀraiTanga Mate, Orygen



E mōhio ana tātau ka pā pea ki ngā āhuatanga me ngā whanonga o te iwi te pānga o te whakawhiti kōrero me te whakawhiti kōrero mo te patuiro i te wāhi tangata, me te whakawhiti kōrero haumaru kore e pā ana ki te nui ake o te whanonga pokanoa.  E mōhio ana hoki tātau kua rerekē te ara e whakawhitiwhiti ai tātau, a, kua rerekē te ara e whakawhitiwhiti ai te whakawhitiwhitinga mo te whai i a ia.  Ko ngā tāngata o ngā pakeke katoa, otirā ko te taitamariki, tirohia te pāpāho pāpori hei huarahi tika, hira hoki hei tūhono me te kōrerorero i ngā kaupapa uaua. E hiahia ana hoki ngā tāngata kia whai mana ki te kōrero mo te whai i a ia anō, kia whai tūhononga, kia whakatūpato i te tūmanako kia whiwhi tautoko tika ai ngā tāngata. 

Jo and her team at Orygen– our recipients of the Australia award this year – developed globally innovative #chatsafe guidelines in partnership with young people. The #chatsafe guidelines provide support to those who might be responding to suicide-related content posted by others or for those who might want to share their own feelings and experiences with suicidal thoughts, feelings or behaviours. The guidelines also provide practical assistance to parents, educators, and those who provide support to young people engaging in online activities and complement and extend other work to support safe and inclusive communication about suicide. 

 #Chatsafe is meeting a current need for young people across Australia, but is also having a global impact with implementation in countries outside of Australia with a release to 10 countries so far following its success on our shores.   The unique abilities and qualities of Jo and her team are that they: 

  • Kia pono te mahinga, me te hoahoa tahi ki te rangatahi i ngā mea katoa e mahi ana rātau. 
  • Are world-leading, partnering with social media organizations, mental health sector experts and policy decision-makers to ensure the guidelines are grounded in the most up to date evidence and research. 
  • Are practical; developing tools able to be utilized by young people, parents, those with thoughts of suicide, those who are bereaved and people with an interest in ensuring safe spaces online for young people everywhere. 

The qualities and values that these recipients bring to the eMental Health field are vital for the future because genuine leadership from end users and those with lived experience, and rapid knowledge translation will be needed to realize the benefits of mental health innovation.


Victoria Hornby

CEO, Mental Health Innovations, UK

Ngā Raina Āwhina Waea, Kuputuhi Aowhānui

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.