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Advisors

Following are the profiles for the individuals on the Advisory Group, who clearly possess an impressive collection of specialist knowledge and experience to help Mentalympians. 

Given the nature and scope of Mentalympians, additional advisors are currently being sought with expertise in assorted fields, including specific areas of mental health (i.e. CALD, dual diagnosis, e-Health, employment, GLBT, psychosis and recovery), community development, fundraising, governance, IT, journalism, human rights, non-profit management, online activism, participatory action research, and youth).

In addition, several more advisors are required with specialist knowledge of assisting families and friends of individuals with mental health problems.   

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Paul Armarego is CEO of Strategic Solutions International Pty Ltd and Principal of Strategic Legal Services. He is a leading Australian lawyer in major projects in the areas of transport, education, health, defence infrastructure, government commercial arrangements, information technology and telecommunications, electronic services and intellectual property (IP), negotiations and alternative dispute resolution. Mr Armarego has led Australian delegations in the fields of R&D, double taxation, social security, IP, technology and commercialisation and worked on numerous international research and development joint ventures. He has and continues to advise on a number of Australia's largest projects. Mr Armarego is a member of the International Committee of Experts in Intelligent Manufacturing Systems, and has drafted and negotiated numerous international arrangements, including the privatisation of INTELSAT. This barrister is an occasional lecturer and tutor at the Australian National University and University of Canberra.  His pro bono practice is extensive and focuses on assisting a range of community groups and those with mental health issues.

Darryl Bishop was formerly National Programme Leader for Like Minds, Like Mine, the New Zealand public education programme to reduce stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness. In this capacity, Mr Bishop was responsible for overseeing a variety of national services, including television advertising campaigns, communications, events and research, as well as working with regional contactors undertaking a range of anti-discrimination activities with their local community groups and organisations; marae; businesses; and media. In 2009, Mr Bishop hosted the Stigma & Discrimination Group on behalf of the Ministry of Health for the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership. Previously, Mr Bishop was a manager with the Public Health Directorate, Ministry of Health, with leadership roles in both Mental Health Promotion and Problem Gambling. He has qualifications in Psychology and Mental Health Nursing, and worked in Early Intervention in Psychosis services in the United Kingdom and New Zealand for ten years.

Ron Coleman is a founding Director of Working to Recovery Limited, an innovative Scottish-based international consultancy, training and publishing company with a cutting-edge approach to supporting and improving the provision of mental health services. Mr Coleman has designed training packages for voice-hearers to gain ascendancy over negative aspects of their experiences and is a driving force to establish self-help groups internationally through Intervoice. His published work includes Recovery an Alien Concept, Politics of the Madhouse,Working with Voices, and Working to Recovery.  Mr Coleman spent 13 years of his life in the psychiatric system being treated for schizophrenia. His experience has provided him with first-hand insight into the difficult issues facing mental health services and determination to raise awareness of recovery. He has been involved in introducing Recovery Training in the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, the Middle East and Australasia.

Paolo del Vecchio is Associate Director for Consumer Affairs within the Office of the Director at the Federal Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He manages the Center's precedent-setting activities in addressing: consumer participation and education, issues of discrimination and stigma, consumer rights, and others. Mr del Vecchio was the first Consumer Affairs Specialist hired by this Federal agency. In this capacity, he promoted consumer/survivor participation in all aspects of the Center's policies and operations, which included initiating historic meetingsbetween consumers and practitioners, anti-stigma efforts, training programs, and grant development. A self-identified mental health consumer/survivor, Mr del Vecchio has been involved in the consumer/survivor self-help movement for over two decades. A published author and a national and international speaker, he has been involved with many organizations, including the Federal Advisory Planning Board for the Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health.

Tony Fowke AM is President of the World Federation for Mental Health. He is also a Board Member of the Mental Health Council of Australia; President of Mental Health Carers Arafmi Australia; and Western Australian Carer Representative on the National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum. In addition, Mr Fowke sits on the Western Australian Mental Health Review Board, which reviews the status of involuntary patients and individuals on Community Treatment Orders. He is also involved in the reduction and elimination of seclusion and restraint and adverse medication events through the Mental Health Standing Committee's Safety and Quality Partnership Subcommittee. A solicitor by profession, Mr Fowke has been a carer advocate and representative for some thirty years after a family member experienced mental illness. He was appointed a member of the Order of Australia in 2003 for his service in the sector.

Stavros Georgiadis is a Creative Producer in film and television who has worked across diverse media disciplines as a manager, developer and independent producer, including working in international media coordination for over 12 years. Previously a public affairs advisor, Mr Georgiadis created and managed international marketing and public affairs programs, as well as advised and implemented Australian Government cultural, social and public policy initiatives.  He coordinated media productions across Australia and the Asia-Pacific, and managed international media promotion for Sydney 2000 Olympics and developed two internationally distributed film promotion projects.  As an advocate, Mr Georgiadis was instrumental in the creation of the Filmmakers' Network and Screen ACT. He is secretary of the ACT Cultural and Community Advisory Council and a consultative member on the Canberra Institute of Technologies Creative Industries Advisory Board.

Eric Langshur is founder and CEO of Rise Health. In 2000, he co-founded and launched Carepages.com, the world's largest healthcare social networking website, partnering with over 750 of the leading healthcare facilities in North America. Mr Langshur was formally President of Bombardier Aerospace, CAS, a leader in innovative aviation products. Previously, he was President of United Technologies ONSI Corp, the world's largest producer of commercial fuel cells, and held several executive level positions within divisions of United Technologies, including Vice President and General Manager of Hamilton Standard Propeller Systems. A published author, We Carry Each Other, Mr Langshur serves as Chairman of the Board of CarePages Inc., Myca, Inc., and Confidant Solutions, Inc. He is a director of Boston based Public Insite Inc., the Back Office Cooperative based in Chicago and the National Family Caregivers Association based in Washington, D.C. Mr Langshur is a member of The Young Presidents Organization and a Trustee of Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Connecticut.

Constance McKnight is former National Executive Director, National Network for Mental Health, an organization to strengthen the consumer voice, while creating innovative projects and programs that support the recovery and inclusion of mental health consumers across Canada.  In addition to being appointed by provincial cabinet to the Consent and Capacity Board of Ontario, Ms McKnight has been Co-Chair to the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health, on the Secretariat to the Canadian Coalition of Alternative Mental Health Resources, and Canadian representative to Interrelate, an international coalition of national mental health consumer driven organizations. Ms McKnight is a woman of metis heritage who began her career working in mental health as a crisis worker, systemic advocate and program developer more than 20 years ago.  The mental health leader has worked at the community, regional and national systems levels within the mental health and cross-disability sectors and is committed to recovery and improving the well-being of Canadians and others around the globe.  

Janet Meagher AM is the Divisional Manager-Inclusion at Psychiatric Rehabilitation Australia and an international mental health consumer advocate, public speaker and lecturer, as well as author of Partnership or Pretence. Ms Meagher is consumer advisor to: Australian Federation of Disability Organisations, Consumer Activity Network, and Mental Health Association (NSW). In addition, she is a member of the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership, Australian Suicide Prevention Advisory Council and National People with Disabilities and Carer Advisory Council, as well as being on the consultative committee of the National Judicial College of Australia. Ms Meagher is former Honorary Secretary of the World Federation for Mental Health and was inaugural Co-Chairperson of the National Consumer Carer Forum (Australia).  The mental health advocate speaks openly of having been in a psychiatric institution for many years and has, for three decades, set out to improve and effect change in the status and rights of people with mental illness.  Janet Meagher was appointed a member of the Order of Australia in 1996.

Ingrid Ozols is the founder and Managing Director of MentalHealth@Work (mh@work) and was a Victorian State Finalist in the 2007 Telstra Business Women's awards. Ms Ozols combines her personal experience of mental illness to wellness with her 15-year career in sales, marketing and human resources to promote resilient and healthy workplaces. The businesswoman has also been active as a mental health advocate, having participated on national boards, committees and advisory groups. Until recently Ms Ozols was a board member of the Mental Health Council of Australia. She was also the Chair of blueVoices for six years, the national consumer and carer reference group of beyondblue - Australia's national depression initiative. Ms Ozols was also formerly on the boards of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry and the General Practitioner's Mental Health Standard's Collaboration. She has appeared regularly in the media, including "Morning with Kerri-Anne" and ABC's "7:30 Report".

Sebastian Rosenberg is Director of ConNetica Consulting and Senior Lecturer for the Brain and Mind Research Institute at the Sydney Medical School.  He is currently undertaking a PhD focusing on national mental health policy and accountability.  He was formerly Deputy CEO of the Mental Health Council of Australia, the peak national non-government organisation representing and promoting the interests of the Australian mental health sector. In this capacity, Mr Rosenberg oversaw the publication of the seminal Not for Service reportand has prepared numerous subsequent papers into aspects of innovative mental health care.   Mr Rosenberg is a member of the National Health and Medical Research Council's Committee on Prevention and Community Health. He has worked in a variety of policy roles for both the Federal and State governments and has been involved in health since 1989, when he became research advisor to the Commonwealth Medical Officer.

Amy C. Watson is Assistant Professor, Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr Watson is an active member and former Project Director of Chicago Consortium for Stigma Research (CCSR), an interdisciplinary group of researchers dedicated to studying mental illness stigma, its consequences, and strategies for attitude change. She has conducted research examining the attitudes of youth, police officers and the general public; self-stigma; as well as stigma-change strategies. Her current research focuses on the interface of the mental health and criminal justice systems and factors influencing how individuals with mental illness are processed by these systems. She was recently awarded the John M. Davis, MD Researcher of the Year Award by NAMI of Greater Chicago.