The International Knowledge Exchange Network for Mental Health

The formation of the IKEN-MH was jointly envisioned by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) and the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL), to increase the capacity for effective knowledge exchange in mental health by connecting people, ideas, and resources on a global level.

The goal of the IKEN-MH is to reduce the time from innovation to implementation to improve population mental health while focusing its efforts on:

  • Building capacity & infrastructure;
  • KE research and tool development;
  • Utilizing technology to enhance connectivity; and
  • Increasing the uptake of evidence informed knowledge.

The inaugural meeting for the IKEN-MH took place on July 9-10, 2012 in St. John's, Newfoundland. In March 2013, the IKEN-MH met as part of the IIMHL exchange  and network meeting held in Auckland, New Zealand. The June 2014 meeting was held in Sweden and Manchester.

The IKEN-MH recently published an article in the Global Journal on Community Psychological Practice on Transformative Change in Community Mental HealthRead the article

The IKEN-MH Steering Committee is comprised of experts in the field of mental health from Canada, New Zealand, Sweden, Australia, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.

If you are interested in joining the IKEN-MH network to connect with your colleagues from around the world and increase the capacity for effective knowledge exchange in mental health by connecting people, ideas and resources on a global level, please click here.

For more information on the IKEN-MH Network, please contact:

Keely Brach
Network Coordinator
Mental Health Commission of Canada
kbrach@mentalhealthcommission.ca

 

Committee

Nicholas Watters – Canada
Nicholas Watters – Canada
Co-Chair, IKEN-MH

In addition to being one of the Co-Chairs of the IKEN-MH, Nicholas currently serves as the Director of the Knowledge Exchange Centre at the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC). Nicholas has significant experience working for not-for-profit organizations at both the national and provincial levels, with a focus on knowledge exchange, communications, capacity building, and network development and facilitation. Nicholas has served on, and currently sits on, multiple pan-Canadian networks aimed at increasing interorganizational/interdisciplinary collaboration, mobilizing best and promising practices, and increasing the use of effective knowledge exchange principles and practices, while aiming to reduce silos and redundancy within the mental health system. Prior to joining the MHCC, Nicholas served as the Senior Advisor, Communications and Knowledge Transfer at the Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada. 

Heather Bullock – Canada
Heather Bullock – Canada

Heather is currently on academic leave from her fulltime position as Director of Knowledge Exchange at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Heather has been engaged in the field of Knowledge Translation for over 12 years. Some of her accomplishments include developing and leading the Evidence Exchange Network, a province-wide knowledge exchange network for mental health and additions; teaching modules of the Knowledge Translation Professional Certificate course; and working in a knowledge transfer role at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in Ontario.

Penelope Curtis – Scotland
Penelope Curtis – Scotland

Penny has been the Acting Head Mental Health and Protection of Rights Division in the Scottish Government since May 2014, and was previously the Head of the Mental Health Unit. The Division is responsible for delivery of the Mental Health Strategy, the Dementia Strategy, the Suicide Prevention Strategy, mental health legislation, Adult Support and Protection, and regulation of care. Prior to this, she worked for the Scottish Office, working primarily in children and young people’s policy work. More recently she was the Team Leader dealing with policy on Looked After Children, which dealt with family placements including implementing legislation on adoption, fostering, and kinship care.

Fredrik Lindencrona – Sweden
Fredrik Lindencrona – Sweden

Dr. Fredrik Lindencrona is leading a research, evaluation and improvement strategy within the National Coordination Strategy for Mental Health at the Association for Local Authorities and Regions in Sweden. The strategy focuses on how local authorities and regions can build coordinated service systems that will deliver needed results through promotion, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation efforts for mental health. Dr. Lindencrona is also a licensed psychologist who worked in academia before commencing work on the national strategy in Sweden. His academic work has focused on strategies for mental health promotion, systems governance, and more recently the role of national support structures/intermediaries. Fredrik is currently collaborating with colleagues from Canada, New Zealand and the United States to examine the role of intermediaries within their mental health system.  

Ian McPherson – England
Ian McPherson – England

Ian currently holds the position of Chair of Improving Health and Wellbeing UK. He has worked in mental health for over 30 years, wearing a variety of hats including clinician, service director, and policy developer. He was previously the Director of the National Mental Health Development Unit in England. In addition to his current position, Ian holds a variety of advisory roles across the statutory, independent, and not-for-profit sectors, including being a Board Member with the IIMHL. Ian has a particular interest in creating partnerships between individuals and organizations, striving to realize the transformational potential of international knowledge exchange.

Fran Silvestri – New Zealand, United States
Fran Silvestri – New Zealand, United States
Co-Chair, IKEN-MH

In addition to being one of the co-chairs of the IKEN-MH, Fran is currently the President and CEO of the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL), a position he has held since 2003. He was previously CEO of Monadnock Family Services (CMHC). He developed the Wyman Way Cooperative, a not-for-profit corporation operated by long-term consumers of mental health services. Fran has served as board director and member of various organizations including the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care as well as the Behavior Health Network, and worked closely on the Monadnock Partnership, a region-wide, integrated service linking healthcare, social services, and economic development.

Michael Williams - New Zealand
Michael Williams - New Zealand

Michael is the Director of Operations for Youth Horizons, a New Zealand based not-for-profit organization which specializes in evidence-based interventions for children and young people diagnosed with Severe Conduct Disorder. In addition to his current position, Michael is also a Clinical Psychologist with experience implementing evidence-based treatment interventions into organizations including Functional Family Therapy, Treatment Fostercare Oregon, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and more recently the Teaching Family Model. He has a leadership role in the development and analysis of outcome measures for children and young people who receive these treatments within his organization. Prior to joining Youth Horizons, Michael served as a practicing clinician for an Auckland District Health Board psychotherapy service called Segar House where he provided clinical interventions for adults with complex psychological problems and trauma histories.