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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 leading exponent on global mental health practice, a social entrepreneur, a mentor, a trainer in community-based facilitation technique, and regularly speaks at conferences worldwide. His current mentees work in organisational management, models of change in childhood deprivation, human trafficking, the psychology of gangs, Fair Trade, prisons and prisoners, leadership and executive search. Together with colleagues from the Global Development Incubator he is currently founding mhNOW: Cities for Mental Health. He is the founder of BasicNeeds and previously founded Action on Disability and Development (ADD) and Thrive. Chris is the Chair of the International Centre on Social Franchising, a Global Director of Leaders Quest and the Chair of Carers Worldwide. He is a Senior Fellow with 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 Insitute
    Elaine Miller-Karas is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Trauma Resource Institute (TRI) a nonprofit corporation. Her book, Building Resilience to Trauma, the Trauma and Community Resiliency Models, was published by Routledge in 2015. She has created projects to help underserved individuals to learn innovative, biologically based interventions that can heal individuals and communities post human made and natural disasters. Elaine is actively engaged in building local capacity in diverse communities nationally and internationally so each may develop trauma resolution strategies and resiliency-focused interventions that respond to their unique cultural needs. Elaine’s commitment to the world community includes designing programs for women, men and children who suffer from mental illness. Her work has brought her to the Philippines, Iceland, Germany, Thailand, Kenya, China, Nepal, England, Tanzania, Haiti, Rwanda, South Africa, Northern Ireland, and Turkey. In the United States, she has created programs to help survivors of terrorist attacks in San Bernardino, California and Orlando, Florida. Her trainings have been co-sponsored and sponsored by the Peter Möhrle Foundation, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, ADRA International, the World Health Organization, Loma Linda University, and the University of Hamburg.