Past presentations

October 12/13, 2016 - IKEN-MH Webinar #3: Perspectives on Child and Youth Mental Health and Youth in Care

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 Part 1 of the webinar focuses on New Zealand children who have been placed in care. These children have particularly poor life outcomes & multiple restructures of the child welfare system has failed with high rates of low education and criminal justice involvement. Recently the Government commissioned a review of its Government Run Child Welfare Agency called Child & Youth Family (CYF) and it is now in its early stages of implementation. Consultations concluded the current system is failing. This webinar will summarize key changes the panel has recommended – Some of which are global leading and will be of interest to those working in child welfare in other countries.
Part 2 of the webinar looks at ‘youth transitions,’ which was identified early in the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s (MHCC) mandate as a priority. Emerging adults (16-25) face complex needs as they try to move from youth to adult mental health and addiction services, or as they disengage entirely due to lack of management between sectors or ministries. In 2015, the MHCC hosted a consensus conference to address these issues and to develop concrete recommendations for improving the mental health of emerging adults. This session will explore current policies, research, and practices in a Canadian context, and the policy recommendations arising from the conference. The presentation will examining the consensus building process in the context of child and youth mental health in Canada.

Guest Speakers:

Michael Williams,
Director of Operations, Youth Horizons.
A New Zealand not-for-profit org specializing in interventions for children and young people diagnosed with conduct disorder.

Despina Papadopoulos,
Knowledge Broker, MHCC.
The MHCC is a catalyst for improving the mental health system in Canada.


April 7, 2015 - IKEN-MH Webinar #2: The Public’s Mental Health and Wellbeing: A local, national, and global challenge

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 “...improvement in population health is only possible if countries make the prevention and treatment of mental and substance use disorders a public health priority.” Whiteford et. al. (Lancet 2013).

This webinar is inspired by the quote above and will look at wider population and community-targeted approaches to improving mental health and wellbeing for people, families, neighborhoods, and communities.

For this to become our new reality, rethinking what we should invest in, how governments need to work, how prevention and treatment systems are designed, and how outcomes and aims are shared will be critical. Drawing on examples of practice, emerging work, and wider evidence, this webinar will explore how mental health leaders can help respond to and lead other sector´s in ways to improve mental health and wellbeing for all our populations, particularly the most disadvantaged and disenfranchised.

Following an introduction there will be case studies from four International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL) member countries. Each one will highlight the approaches being taken, the aims and outcomes being pursued, and the lessons learned so far with a focus on lessons for leadership and policy.


Fredrik Lindencrona
National Strategy for Mental Health
Swedish Association for Local Authorities and Regions, Sweden
IKEN-MH Steering Committee


Stephanie Priest
Population Health Promotion and Innovation, Health Promotion Chronic Disease Prevention Branch
Public Health Agency of Canada

Gregor Henderson
National Lead for Mental Health and Wellbeing
Public Health, England

Gary Belkin
Executive Deputy Commissioner
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene


November 4, 2014 - Webinar #1, e-Mental Health in Canada: Transforming the Mental Health System Using Technology

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Overview: In Canada, using technology to control, detect, screen, or treat an illness is common; however it has not been as widely used or invested in within the mental health field.

In 2012, the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) released Changing Directions, Changing Lives: The Mental Health Strategy for Canada, which highlights, “…tremendous possibilities for new technology in promoting mental health and preventing mental health problems”. In early 2014, the MHCC released a briefing paper on the current state of e-Mental health in Canada, while outlining key considerations and recommendations for its current and future use.

This interactive webinar will focus on the findings of that briefing paper, as well as examining two case studies of Canadian e-Mental health programs that are demonstrating how e-Mental health services and programs are transforming the Canadian mental health system and beyond. Specifically, the webinar will focus on two programs that are targeted toward youth, young adults and families: 1) Strongest Families Institute and 2) BreathingRoom™, offered through the Canadian Institute of Natural and Integrative Medicine (CINIM).


  • Meg Schellenberg
    Knowledge Broker
    Mental Health Commission of Canada

  • Anil Thapilyal
    Chief Executive Officer
    Health TRX, New Zealand

  • Dr. Patricia Lingley-Pottie
    President & COO, Strongest Families Institute
    Assistant Professor, Dalhousie University
    Scientist, IWK Health Centre

  • Patricia Paccagnan, RN, BN, CLC
    Communications & Project Manager, Canadian Institute of Natural and Integrative Medicine (CINIM)

  • Dr. Badri Rickhi, MB,BS, FRCP(P)
    Research Chair, Canadian Institute of Natural and Integrative