Presented by journalist and mental health advocate Lynda Bryans and hosted by the Clear Forum. Early intervention has to be at the center of effective long term mental health provision. Carving out a space to look beyond crisis response, we are bringing together statutory and community voices to join the dots between current provision, best practice and emerging need in the Western Trust area. 

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Professor Siobhan O'Neill, Mental Health Champion for Northern Ireland

Siobhan O’Neill is a Professor of Mental Health Sciences at Ulster University, and Mental Health Champion for Northern Ireland. Her research programmes focus on trauma mental illness and suicidal behaviour in Northern Ireland, and the transgenerational transmission of trauma.

She is now on a mission to improve the mental health of the people of NI by promoting evidence-based services and care for those who suffer from mental illness and suicidal thoughts.

As Mental Health Champion for Northern Ireland, she will advise and assist in the promotion of mental health and wellbeing though all policies and services throughout the province. Her role is as a public advocate for mental health, and to be a voice for those otherwise voiceless. Her goal is to communicate the collective voices of people with lived experience and their families and carers, and to advocate for communities impacted by mental health inequalities.

Karen Collins, Chief Executive of Aware NI

Karen joined AWARE in November 2018 after serving 10 years as the CEO of a counselling charity. Karen’s role focuses on working closely with the Board to ensure the effective governance and strategic planning of the organisation as well as playing a key role in promoting the services of the organisation and lobbying on matters relevant to our users. Karen has a Masters in Business Administration and a Masters in Social Policy and whilst having spent most of her career in the community and voluntary sector she also worked within local government and in a non departmental public body. Outside work Karen enjoys running and spending time with her family.

In 2022 Developing Healthy Communities celebrates its 30th anniversary. In three decades working for improved mental, physical and social wellbeing the one thing that we have learned is that you should never stop learning. In that spirit, we want our birthday celebrations to be an opportunity to talk, think and learn about the most pressing health issues and biggest opportunities facing all of us right now. 

Between World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September) and World Mental Health Day (10 October) we will hold a series of 30th anniversary events for our friends and colleagues in the community, statutory and enterprise sectors.