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2015 International Leadership Exchange: Matches for Consideration

The International Institute for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL) have a stimulating and exciting set of matches arranged for the 2015 Leadership Exchange across Canada and the U.S. Each match has a limited number of spaces available.

The IIMHL want to build the matches as soon as possible to help participants plan their travel and to work with their Hosts to develop a strong agenda for the two days they will be together. This process needs to be completed as soon as possible so Hosts and Visitors can liaise to maximise the benefit of the match.

Included in the leadership exchange match options are…


  • Mental Health and Seniors – Canada
  • Early Childhood Development (ECD) including Infant Mental Health (IMH) – Canada
  • Health Information Technology – USA


  • Leadership for People – Our Journey – Canada
  • Resource Centre for Families Utilizing Individualized Funding – Canada

Register here

Then select your match here


IIMHL New Zealand Special Update

The following links are a summary of the IIMHL AND IIDL UPDATE – 15 NOVEMBER 2014

If you want further information on the IIMHL organisation go here. To sign up for their mailing list go here.

For general enquiries about these links or for other IIMHL information please contact Erin Geaney at erin@iimhl.com.

  1. The Physical Health of People with a Serious Mental Illness and/or Addiction: An evidence review
  2. Stories of Success
  3. Tihei Mauri Ora: Supporting whānau through suicidal distress
  4. New ‘wellbeing bank’ for baby boomers
  5. “There is always someone worse off…” (regarding the earthquakes in Christchurch)
  6. Debriefing following seclusion and restraint: A summary of relevant literature
  7. Families and whānau status report 2014: Towards measuring the wellbeing of families and whānau
  8. Growing Up in New Zealand: Vulnerability Report 1: Exploring the Definition of Vulnerability for Children in their First 1000 Days (July 2014)
  9. Parents or caregivers of children with a disability have a voice in New Zealand (video playlist)

Also recommended in the update are:

Effective parenting programmes: A review of the effectiveness of parenting programmes for parents of vulnerable children
(2014, April 14). Wellington: Families Commission

New Zealand practice guidelines for opioid substitution treatment
(2014, April). Wellington: Ministry of Health



Scholarships to attend IIMHL and IIDL Leadership Exchange 2014

Te Pou has scholarship funding available to support New Zealand mental health, addiction and disability leaders to attend the 2014 Leadership Exchange. Find out more about the scholarships to attend IIMHL and IIDL and download an application form. IIMHL applications close 17 February 2014 and IIDL applications close 14 March 2014.

Through IIMHL and IIDL people are able to easily and directly access innovation occurring internationally, as well as share  innovations. As a member of the IIMHL country leaders group New Zealand is well respected for its work to improve the experience of those who use mental health, addiction and disability services. Alongside the work on reducing seclusion and restraint, over the last year the Exchange has also worked on supporting faster translation of evidence into practice. The participants, who used the programme to implement an innovation or new practice idea, spoke of how methodology and mentoring assisted them along the way. From establishing a peer support choir, to crisis services, their ideas grew into actions.  It is hoped to run the programme again this year.

IIMHL and IIDL Update – 15 MAY 2013

2013 Leadership Exchange

Copies of video interviews with delegates attending the Network Meeting are now available on the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership website, along  with the whiteboard narratives and workshops notes:  www.iimhl.com

Copies of keynote speakers’ presentations will be available shortly and IIMHL will also update you all on the formal evaluation in due course.

IIMHL Features

Sebelius: Bring mental illness out of the shadows

President Obama following lead of John Kennedy 50 years ago on improving access to care.

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius speaks during the opening plenary of the National Health Policy Conference organized by The Academy Health February 4, 2013 in Washington, DC

Story Highlights

  • When untreated, condition takes a heavy toll on our society.
  • Part of improving care is ending the stigma.
  • The President seeks a national dialogue to get more young people to seek help.


Creating A Place Of Healing and Forgiveness: The Trauma-Informed Care Initiative at the Women’s Community Correctional Center of Hawaii

Below is a link to a program brief that describes the Trauma-Informed Care Initiative at the Women’s Community Correctional Center of Hawaii, which is working to make the facility a “place of healing and forgiveness.”  Blending traditional Native Hawaiian concepts with the latest research on trauma-informed practices, the facility’s leadership has created a unique collaborative process for organizational change that includes staff, inmates, former inmates, community members, and representatives of community-based human service agencies. With a focus on educating staff, inmates, community partners, and the public about the value of trauma-informed environments and practices in healing, TICI creates opportunities for women to “live a forgiven life.”

This technical assistance document was developed by the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) and Advocates for Human Potential, Inc. (AHP) under contract for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and was written by Darby Penney.


IIDL Feature

Self Directed Disability Support (SDDS): Building community capacity through action research

This Australian research project explores how people with disability manage the transition towards self-directed disability support. Set against a backdrop of substantial reform with the introduction of a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), it is a collaboration between representatives of people with a disability and academic institutions to “investigate the impact and effectiveness of changes to self directed options for people requiring support, informal carers and support providers. It will also be a formative baseline for a longitudinal study examining service delivery systems pre and post the introduction of the NDIS”.


2014 Leadership Exchange

The 2014 Leadership Exchange will be in England in June.  City and date TBC soon.

Please note: IIMHL try to find articles, new policies, research that has been released or opinion pieces they think are interesting to reflect on.  Sometimes those who receive these may feel  is not accurate either for its use of data or not aligned with their views. IIMHL does not endorse any article it sends out as they try to rapidly share information.

Fran Silvestri

President and CEO, IIMHL


General enquiries about this update or for other IIMHL information please contact Erin Geaney at erin@iimhl.com.