IIMHL Exploration Workshops –
Thursday May 31st (14:30-17:30)

Exploration workshops are designed by the workshop leaders (all key leaders in their different field) to engage all workshop participants in a shared process to explore the future we want, the current opportunities & challenges and critical game-changers. It will include different elements and formats, e.g. input from workshop leaders, feedback from matches and interactive workshops with workshop participants on which levers we need to pull in policy, service and public engagement to get to the future we want.

Exp 1. Children & Families

Stronger Children and families, stronger communities for tomorrow: supporting families expreiencing a range of adversitities

This workshop will focus on promoting resilience and wellbeing in children, their families and communities where families experience a range of adversities impacting on their well-being.
Dr Michael Smith
: Associate Medical Director for Mental Health, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde & Glasgow City HSCP
Ms Sue Dashfield: Director: Werry Workforce Whāraurau
Dr Bronwyn Dunnachie: Senior Advisor: Werry Workforce Whāraurau

Exp 2. Youth and emerging adults

50% of mental health problems are established before the age of 14 years old and suicide is the most common cause of death for young people worldwide. Together we can make a change! In this exploratory workshop we will come together to discuss and exchange experience how to make long term change for youth mental health in pursuit of the 2030 sustainable development goals. We will also have a unique insight into youth mental health today, directly from youth.
Louise Aronsson, Tilia, Sweden
Helen Bohan, Project Manager – Peer Education, Mental Health Foundation, England
Prof Ian Manion, University of Ottawa & FRAYME, Canada

Exp 3. Health and well-being

This workshop focuses on innovative ways to improve the health and wellbeing of all people, including those in risk of and already experiencing mental illness, thought leaders will describe specific “game changers” that will support achievement of the 2030 SDGs, including: integration of physical and mental health, telehealth illness self-management training; indigenous models of service delivery; perspectives described by the EUCOMS network to support regional network models of community mental health, and mentally healthy cities.
Dr Helen Milroy, Commissioner, National Mental Health Commission, Australia
Dr Sarah Pratt, The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Frank Reilly, Director, Scottish Recovery Network
Steve Lurie, Executive Director, Canadian Mental Health Association Toronto Branch
Gregor Henderson, Strategic Adviser, Mental Health and Wellbeing Public Health England
Rene Keet, Director Community Mental Health Service Noord-Holland-Noord, Chair of the European Community Mental Health Service providers network (EuCoMS)
Chris Naylor, Senior Fellow, King´s Fund, UK

Exp 4. Education

“Promoting Mental Health and Wellbeing through Strategic Involvement of the Education System”

The School Mental Health International Leadership Exchange (SMHILE) is focused on promoting effective school mental health by bringing together global leaders to share knowledge; co-create dissemination and leadership strategies; and signal best research, policy, and practice directions. Together with workshop participants, SMHILE leaders will describe the current state of promotion/prevention in schools, offer a future vision, and identify successful strategies to influence policy and practice.
Kathy Short
, Ph.D., Director, School Mental Health ASSIST, Ontario, Canada
Mark Weist
, Ph.D., Professor, University of South Carolina, United States

Exp 5. Cities and urban regions

The bond between health and place is broken. Health systems treat acute illness, while urban systems promote chronic distress. This workshop will focus on the social determinants of health and wellbeing, and the socio-ecological challenge of creating healthy urban places. It will explore how we can turn the tide to influence the culture, structure and beliefs that drive priorities and values for healthy places by recognising that we are social beings needing a sense of purpose, value and belonging.
Isabella Goldie, Mental Health Foundation, UK
Graham Marshall, Prosocial Place Program, University of Liverpool

Exp 6. Work

Over the last 10 years, Mental Health in the Workplace has changed from a fringe activity in many organisations to a central part of business planning. Thousands of organisations worldwide are starting to consider the mental health of their staff, the role of their leaders and the help and support they should offer people who are struggling. This workshop will look at this quiet workplace revolution, and how the future potential of a partnership between the individual, the employer and the state can lead to health creating environments.
Paul Farmer, CEO Mind
Poppy Jaman, CEO City Mental Health Alliance

Exp 7. Ecosystems for innovation & implementation

“Strengthening the means of implementation and revitalizing partnerships”

This workshop addresses both halves of SDG 17: strengthening the means of implementation and revitalizing partnerships. Heather Bullock will share insights about how public policy can support implementation and John Lavis will share insights about how partnerships are needed with the seven groups supporting evidence-informed policy development and implementation. Participants will then identify strategies to get the game-changers in implementation and partnerships to become the new normal.
John Lavis, Professor, McMaster Health Forum, McMaster University, Canada
Heather Bullock, PhD-candidate, McMaster Health Forum, McMaster University, Canada

Exp 8. Leading beyond borders

The purpose of this workshop is to share knowledge and experience in leadership development in a range of economic settings. In particular we will explore how future leadership in mental health might contribute to broader global development agendas like the Global Goals 2030.
Dr Abhijit Nadkarni
Prof Oye Gureje
Dr Kate Ellis
Ass. Professor Ritsuko Kakuma
Julian Eaton, Mental Health Innovation Network (MHIN)
Onaiza Qureshi,
Mental Health Innovation Network (MHIN)
Sapna Mahajan,
Mental Health Commission of Canada
Peter Friberg,
Swedish Institute of Global Health Transformation



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