Three months ago, I received a call and my mission, if I chose to accept it, was to bring together thought leaders who are active in the mental health digital and social media arena. It was with total and unashamed glee that I accepted this request to arrange an event to explicitly celebrate the increasing role of technology in mental health care.
It just so happens that I had been working with some inspirational leaders to drive for the first UK E-Mental Health strategy, so the timing couldn’t have been better.The details were scant enough to allow my creativity to guide how this event would play out.
In my head I had some ideas of the basic necessities to make this event worthwhile:
- As a tech event, the format needed to reach a harmonious balance mixing the formal with the informal;
- It would have to feature some of the most cutting edge speakers who happily straddle the clinical, managerial and technological arenas;
- It would have to attract and be attended by equally forward thinking people who can comfortably debate issues like the drivers for using technology in mental health and some of the barriers to adoption at scale.
So I sat down with my team and explained this opportunity – they equally grinned ear to ear and rubbed their hands together with unabashed excitement at this opportunity to engage with other people who are keen to explore the potential of E-Mental Health. We spent some time calling, e-mailing and meeting with people who I have come to refer to as E-Mental Health pioneers.
You can see the full list of these pioneers on the E-Mental Health: Harnessing the Power of Digital for Better Mental Health Conference programme. The event took place on 18th March 2013. It was wonderful to meet some people who have engaged with this a genda on & offline: