Learn a little more about our speakers for Mental Health Week 2022
As Director and one of the founding partners of Lethbridge Piper & Associates, Catherine is dedicated to working with client organisations to achieve real and tangible improvements in their organisational culture and business performance through strategic occupational health and safety (OHS) and risk management.
With more than 30 years’ experience as an OHS management professional and occupational health nurse both in Australia and the United Kingdom, Catherine has established a solid reputation for risk management, leading change and business improvement to enhance the health and safety of workers.
Senior Clinical Psychologist
APS Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Unit, Australian Public Service Commission
Connie is a senior clinical psychologist with the APS Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Unit at the Australian Public Service Commission. She is the lead author of Compassionate Foundations, an upstream suicide prevention capability suite designed specifically for Australian Public Servants. Prior to working in the APS, Connie worked extensively in ACT, NSW, and WA state health services, including in community and inpatient mental health and drug and alcohol services, workforce capability and specialist mental health service design. Connie has a special interest in psychological trauma and mental health in disaster settings. She has led initiatives to support the mental health and wellbeing of individuals and communities post-disasters and emergencies, most recently overseeing the ACT’s COVID-19 mental health and wellbeing community program and supporting the Canberra and NSW South Coast communities during the 2019/2020 bushfires.
Darius played rugby league at the highest level for 15 years. However, midway through his career after several years of mental struggle, he made the brave decision to check into a Mental health facility.
Darius has since been working on himself and promoting proactive mental wellbeing within the corporate and community spaces. He is currently studying a diploma in counselling and a cert IV in elite athlete wellbeing.
Mates in Construction field officer, Mental Health and Suicide Prevention advocate and lived experience speaker, Justin empowers and educates people on how to notice if someone is doing it tough, how to start that conversation, listen and connect them through to services that can help.
He shares his story of struggle, hope and wellbeing with the likes of Mates in Construction, RUOK, Movember, Suicide Prevention Australia, Virgin Australia and New Zealand, BHP, Bristol, Men Shed Australia, Queensland Rail, Pacific National, Rail Corp, Vic Rail, Adelaide Metro, Track Safe, Shed Happens and many other sporting clubs, charities and community organisations around Australia.
BPsych, PGDip Psych, MAppPsych (Org)
Mark is General Manager and Principal Psychologist at Communicorp. He has a broad background beginning his career serving nearly a decade in the Australian Army as a Psychology Officer. This gave him the opportunity to provide individual, team, and organisational psychological intervention both in Australia and overseas on operations. During this time, Mark also had the privilege of working with Australia’s elite special forces in human performance, selection, workplace mental health, and resilience. He was awarded an Australian Defence Force Gold Commendation for his motivational and supportive leadership in this role.
Mark has also worked across industry in human factors, human performance, workplace mental health, and executive leadership development. He has a passion for delivering tailored workplace interventions to promote positive mental health to create a flourishing work environment. He takes a practical and applied approach to psychology and communicates it in a way that is easily accessible.