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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Innovations in Mental Health: Expanding Accessibility

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Session Description

Some 450 million people live with a mental health condition, and approximately 260 million cope with post-traumatic stress. People with mental illness face stigma and exclusion from society, a division within communities facing recovery from conflict, displacement, and other traumas. Globally, mental health services are inadequate or nonexistent, and when they exist, Western-oriented therapies are often culturally inappropriate. We’ll share two innovative mental health support and community resilience approaches, and discuss how these models intersect with the work of social entrepreneurs.

When | Where

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM Thursday, April 6 Classroom 2 (WW)



Session leaders

  • Chris Underhill Speaker
    Founder, BasicNeeds
    Chris is a serial social entrepreneur who works to bring new concepts of social change into being. He is an expert in global health and rehabilitation systems, runs his own mentoring practice, and is a trainer in the community-based facilitation technique, known as Animation. He is currently co-founding citiesRISE, which is a multi-stakeholder initiative designed to promote mental health by catalysing collective actions across sectors within cities. This follows on from his most recent organisation, BasicNeeds, which he established in 2000, which delivers a holistic model for mental health in the most disadvantaged countries of the world. Recognized as a significant innovation in community mental healthcare delivery, the Model combines medical, social, economic and personal aspects into one successful programme and has benefited more than 697,000 people via the BasicNeeds global programme. Chris is senior Fellow of the Ashoka Fellowship, a recipient of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and was selected as a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur for 2014. In 2000 Chris received an MBE from the Queen for his services to disability and development.
  • Co-Founder and Executive Director, Trauma Resource Institute
    Elaine Miller-Karas, LCSW, is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Trauma Resource Institute and author of the book, Building Resiliency to Trauma, the Trauma and Community Resiliency Models.® Elaine has co-created the Community Resiliency Model and the Trauma Resiliency Model. She is a licensed clinical social worker and trauma therapist and has traveled internationally, bringing her models to underserved communities. The goal of both models is to help to create “resiliency-informed and focused” communities that share a common understanding of the impact of trauma and chronic stress on the nervous system and how resiliency can be restored or increased using this skills-based approach. The Community Resiliency Model© is a peer-to-peer model that trains the natural leaders of a community to be teachers of the wellness skills. Teachers are encouraged to interweave their cultural lens into the teachings. Research is demonstrating statistically significant reductions in depression, anxiety, somatic symptoms and hostility indicators. The models have been used in the aftermath of human made and natural disasters globally, including Nepal, the Philippines, Haiti, China, Sierra Leone, St. Vincent, St. Martin, Iceland, Northern Ireland, Guatemala, Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa, Turkey, the United States, Germany, Ukraine, and Israel. The models are adaptable, affordable, transportable and accessible.