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International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership

Posted by Jason Aitkens on Friday, August 28, 2015.

CommuniCorp is proud to be attending the upcoming “International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership” (IIMHL) Leadership Exchange being held during September in Canada.

Representing CommuniCorp at the Leadership Exchange will be Director and Partner Dr Laura Kirby.

IIMHL is a unique “Government-to-Government” international initiative that focuses on improving mental health and addiction services. It is funded by the participating governments of each of the eight countries: Australia, England, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, USA and Sweden.

The philosophy behind the IIMHL Leadership Exchange is that once key leaders are linked together, they have the opportunity to begin collaborating and building an international partnership. The aim is to build relationships and networks that are mutually helpful for leaders, organisations and countries.

National policies and directions have often been focused on clinical practices rather than recovery through mental health leadership. National perspectives such as those in Australia, Canada, England, the Republic of Ireland, NZ (New Zealand), Scotland, Sweden and the US (United States) realise that mental health leadership is just as vital to the success of community-based services as are effective clinical practices. IIMHL organises systems for international innovation sharing, networking and problem solving across countries and agencies. CommuniCorp is participating in the leadership match "Psychologically Safe Workplaces - the Psychological Safety Standard". Accompanied by other global leaders in this domain, the Exchange provides a valuable opportunity to learn how others are applying and implementing workplace strategies such as the Canadian Psychological Safety Standard.

Knowledge transfer among IIMHL countries includes not only the Leadership Exchange, but also promotion of workshops/training/education, research, support of learning collaboratives and information dissemination between Exchanges.

In a future newsletter Dr Kirby will share with the CommuniCorp community her observations and learning from the IIMHL Leadership Exchange.

For more information about the IIMHL Leadership Exchange please visit

Where can YOu hear from CommuniCorp experts?

CommuniCorp have been invited to join the program of many Australian conferences being hosted over the next few months. This is your chance to meet the team and learn from our experts on best practice in workplace mental health initiatives, developed both here in Australia and around the world. See a list of events on our calendar here.

If you plan on attending any of these upcoming events please let us know, we would be happy to arrange a one-on-one discussion to review your workplace mental health strategy. Email us at

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