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Sarah Amani is the Early Intervention Network Manager at Oxford Academic Health Science Network. Her background is in mental health nursing. Sarah’s curiosity about the potential of a digitally enabled workforce and population has seen her take on the management of projects which seek to use technology to improve connection between people and harness better health. These projects include working with people who use services and clinicians to develop the My Journey App for psychosis, working with university computer science students to develop mobile health apps, project managing the Surrey Mental Health telehealth pilot and engaging communities through social media.×
Darryl is the recently appointed CEO of Connect: Supporting Recovery, A New Zealand mental health NGO which specialises in peer led programmes. Darryl has considerable mental health and community development experience, having previously managed successful programmes at the New Zealand Heart Foundation, Youth Horizons Trust and Auckland District Health Board.
From 2005 to 2010, Darryl led the New Zealand Ministry of Health’s Like Minds, Like Mine (Like Minds) programme, which combines social marketing with grass roots community action to address inequities and discrimination experienced by people with mental health issues. During his time at Like Minds, Darryl oversaw the development of two award winning media campaigns and the establishment of regional community development programmes inclusive of the leadership of people with lived experience of recovery. He also supported the development of similar programmes in Australia, UK and Canada, and held leadership roles for the Ministry of Health in both mental health promotion and problem gambling.
Originally from England, Darryl trained as a mental health nurse and has qualifications in psychology and counselling. He worked as a therapist in early intervention programmes for teenagers, for ten years in England and New Zealand.×
Dion Howard is a nurse with 20 years’ experience, specialising in adolescent mental health and community and youth engagement, and keeps a keen interest in innovative healthcare delivery.
He shares his current passions between being a dialectical behavioural therapist for young people in distress, and has an entrepreneurial bent, establishing an event based photo booth business operating in seven centres throughout New Zealand. He’s successfully combined nursing with youth development, event-organising and photography with sales and marketing in the non-government sector and the music industry.
It is fair to describe him a jack of all trades, but he is definitely a master of some.×
Sam has a background in mental health crisis teams, spending many days and nights over the past 20 years working through solutions for people and their families. Her mission is to make this an easier process for everyone involved, which has seen her working with community groups like Supporting Families and focusing on Brief Intervention Services with GP surgeries. She is a registered mental health nurse and has worked in NZ, Australia and the UK. Music and the outdoors have a big influence on her, community radio, setting up sound systems, being a DJ and getting into the water are just a few things she loves doing. In more recent years she has run a broadcasting course with teenagers encouraging them to connect with others about their interests and passions as well as learning broadcasting skills. Sam is very excited about how Code Blue could ensure people get the right support at the right time.×