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Youth Flourishing in North Auckland: e-Mental Health at the Intersection of Community-Driven and Systems-Level Innovation



26 March 2024

About the Webinar

E-mental health solutions can be powerful tools for increasing access to quality mental health and wellbeing support. This is particularly true when they are developed and delivered in ways which are deeply informed by those they seek to serve, and recognise the complexity of the system in which they are operating.

In this webinar we will share learning and experience from the ‘Youth Flourishing in North Auckland,’ Innovation Challenge, both from the perspective of the delivery partners: Ember Innovations and the Paihere Charitable Trust, and from that of members of the innovator cohort working on e-mental health solutions.

Key discussion points

  • How might e-mental health solutions and other innovative approaches to mental health and wellbeing work together to create greater positive impact?
  • What is the role of community and lived experience voices in the development and delivery of e-mental health solutions?
  • What is the potential of e-mental health solutions to tackle the impact themes of:
    • Prevention and early intervention
    • Supporting the supporters and
    • Joining the dots – connecting the pieces of the system
  • How might we best support e-mental health innovators to develop solutions that are safe, impactful, scalable and sustainable?
26 March 2024
9:00 am -
10:00 am


Tim Read

Founder of Helmet

Tim Read is the founder of Helmet, a technology company building products to support the supporters. Helmet was built on the belief that it is those who exist around an individual already who have the greatest motivation and capability to make a difference in the lives of those with mental health or wellbeing distress – if they were just empowered to do so. Previously a physiotherapist, a world class (Master) chef, and an author, Tim uses his lessons learnt from lived experiences to shape the development of Helmet and communicate as a public speaker, empowering everyone to play their part in the current losing battle in mental health.

Emily Preston

Emily Preston

Innovation Lead, Ember Innovations

Emily has spent the past two decades working in social innovation, social enterprise development and non-profit capability-building roles, with a focus on education and wellbeing. She also holds governance and advisory roles within the mental health and wellbeing space. Emily loves to look at complex issues from different angles, listen to the human stories and experiences behind statistics, and explore what might be possible. She is endlessly curious and loves a good yarn, as well as a logic model or system map. Emily is passionate about ensuring the voices of those most impacted by challenges are central to the development of solutions.

Darryl Bishop

Darryl Bishop

Group Chief Executive Office, Ember Korowai Takitini

Darryl has held professional roles within the mental health and addictions sector for over 20 years and now leads Ember Korowai Takitini as Chief Executive Officer. Ember blends professional expertise and lived experience to offer a range of services and supports for anyone with mental health, addiction or intellectual disability needs. It comprises Ember innovations, Services, Systems and Kainga Haumaru – Community Housing. Darryl is committed to ensuring innovation is at the heart of everything that Ember does, and that Ember, the movement, drives systemic change within our sector that means Aotearoa better responds to and understands mental health, addiction and intellectual disability . 

Gregor Henderson


Gregor Henderson, an Independent Consultant and Mental Health Adviser, works across the UK, Europe and internationally. Collaborating with various national, international organisations and Governments. With expertise in policy, strategy implementation and operational delivery, he also serves as a thought leader in digital mental health. Formerly the Director of Mental Health for Public Health England, Gregor led the organisation’s extensive programmes of work on public mental health. Gregor was also the founding director of Scotland’s internationally renowned National Program for Improving Mental Health and Wellbeing. Gregor is actively involved in various initiatives, serving on a variety of boards and forums, such as the eMental Health International Collaborative, UK Research and Innovation and as an active member of the Global Leadership Exchange. Gregor is also the chair of the Research Advisory Group for Place2Be, a children’s mental health charity. Gregor advocates for an integrated approach, combining policy, research, practice, and lived experiences to transform societal impact on mental health. Gregor is also a coach and mentor in mental health and shares his insights through writing and lecturing.