Champions

The Life in Mind Champions provide leadership across settings, sectors and communities about safe and effective communication and collaboration. They also promote collaboration to build on mutual efforts, avoid unnecessary duplication of work, research and resources, and provide direct input and support to operationalise the Charter.

Lucinda Brogden
Co-Chair & Commissioner
National Mental Health Commission

Lucy has a strong commitment to helping others and building stronger communities. She takes an evidence-based approach to problem solving and social investment.

Chez Curnow
Assistant Manager suicide prevention and low intensity strategies
Country SA Primary Health Network

Chez is a passionate advocate for equity in access and encouraging help-seeking behaviours in regional and rural communities.

Maria Cassaniti
Centre Manager
NSW Transcultural Mental Health Centre

Maria’s key area of interest is in the development of mental health services that promote access and equity of service provision and that respond to the needs of culturally diverse populations.

Bronwen Edwards
CEO
Roses in the Ocean

Bronwen is the Founder and CEO of Roses in the Ocean, a leading lived experience organisation in the suicide prevention sector. She is a key advocate for the inclusion of lived experience in all aspects of suicide prevention.

Dr Aaron Groves
Chief Psychiatrist Tasmania

Dr Groves is Tasmania’s Chief Psychiatrist. He has extensive experience in the mental health sector and is committed to contributing his knowledge and expertise to shaping mental health policy and clinical practice and implementing initiatives under the Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Strategy.

Brendan Maher
CEO
R U OK?

Brendan is a passionate advocate for suicide prevention. He has been working in the suicide prevention sector for over 10 years, starting at Lifeline Australia in 2007, before moving to R U OK? in 2013.

Sally Morris
National MindOUT Project Coordinator
National LGBTI Health Alliance

Sally has a long history in the mental health sector and LGBTI communities. She is the National Project Coordinator of the MindOUT National LGBTI Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Project with the National LGBTI Health Alliance.

Nieves Murray
CEO
Suicide Prevention Australia

Throughout her career Nieves has been passionate about empowering vulnerable people to live good lives, free from stigma. She is CEO of Suicide Prevention Australia, the national peak body for the suicide prevention sector.

Jo Robinson
Senior Research Fellow
Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health

Jo has worked in suicide prevention for almost 20 years. She is a Senior Research Fellow at Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, where she leads the suicide prevention research unit.

Lachlan Searle
Director External Relations
Mental Health Australia

A communications professional, storyteller and content marketer, Lachlan is passionate about promoting positive discussions on mental health and social and emotional wellbeing.

Richard Weston
Chief Executive Officer
The Healing Foundation

As well as being CEO of The Healing Foundation, Richard sits on the Board of Families Australia and is a member of the Independent Advisory Council on Redress for Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse. He is a descendant of the Meriam people of the Torres Strait.

Margo Lydon
Chief Executive Officer & Company Secretary
SuperFriend – Industry Funds’ Mental Health Initiative

Margo has been working in mental health and suicide prevention for over 18 years, advocating for better mental health and wellbeing outcomes for all Australians.

A passionate advocate for focusing on positive and strengths-based solutions, Margo believes that all Australians deserve to thrive. Through her work at SuperFriend, Margo enjoys collaborating with a range of stakeholders to co-create mental health and wellbeing solutions that are useful, evidence-based and make a real difference.

Nadean Weller
General Manager, Marking, Communications & External Relations
beyondblue

Former Champion

Melanie Schoo
Former Marketing and Communications Manager
SuperFriend

Melanie is a strategic communications professional, with more than decade of experience in leadership roles in the not for profit sector. She specialises in leading digital transformation, community engagement, brand development and stakeholder management.

Former Champion

Leilani Darwin
Aboriginal Consultant

Leilani is an Aboriginal woman passionate about addressing the suicide deaths of her people and improving mental health and wellbeing. She is a lived experience contributor and consumer advocate and has a wealth of experience in suicide prevention and mental health.

Former Champion

Kim Borrowdale
Former Deputy CEO and Head of Communications
Suicide Prevention Australia

Kim is a senior communication specialist and storyteller who is passionate about using professional and personal skills to positively contribute to communities, culture and wellbeing.