Folio Conversation - Keeping Mental Health Front of Mind with Emily Unity & Dr Stephen Carbone
30 June @ Boyd Community Hub 7pm - 9.30pm
A slew of inquiries over the last few years have shed light on a broken mental health system many in the community already knew to be true. The system is crisis-driven, fragmented and overwhelmed, and the pandemic and recent natural disaster events have only exacerbated the issue.
In Victoria, 1 in 2 people will need support with their mental health in their lifetime. While the Victorian Government has committed to an ambitious 10-year reform plan set out by the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System, a tension between meeting acute needs and longer-term foundational, systemic change is all too real.
In this Folio Conversation, we invite you to reflect on how we can keep mental health front of mind and build an inclusive mental health system together.
Our first Conversation Lead Emily Unity (they/them) is a mental health and lived experience consultant, software engineer, and multidisciplinary creative. They are also a culturally diverse, LGBTQIA+, and neurodiverse young person of lived experience. Emily endeavours to use both their professional and lived experience to help design a world for all people, regardless of background, identity, or intersectionality.
Emily is also Senior Project Officer at the Royal Children’s Hospital where they lead stakeholder engagement with consumers and carers to support the implementation of a campus-wide mental health strategy.
Emily also hosts Multicultural Minds, a podcast dedicated to raising awareness of multicultural mental health. They talk with guests from diverse backgrounds, exploring the different relationships between culture and mental health.
Joining Emily for the conversation is Dr Stephen Carbone; the Founder and CEO of Prevention United. Stephen has extensive clinical experience in mental health having worked as a general practitioner in Melbourne’s west and northwest suburbs and as a medical officer in Victoria’s specialist mental health services. Stephen also has experience in mental health policy and program and service development having held senior roles in the Victorian Department of Health, headspace, and Beyond Blue.
Stephen is keen to promote the importance of combining a focus on mental health promotion efforts that promote mental wellbeing and prevent mental health conditions, with efforts to enhance mental healthcare services for people living with these conditions.
Boyd Community Hub Southbank