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1. Purpose Of This Document 10. How To Join
2. Introduction to IIMHL 11. The IIMHL Leadership Exchange & Combined Meeting
3. Background 12. Examples of Current IIMHL Activities
4. Participating IIMHL Countries 13. Joining IIMHL
5. International Change Management

14. Appendix 1 - Past Exchanges
  Introduction
  2003 - Birmingham, England
  2004 - Washington, DC
  2005 - Wellington, New Zealand
  2006 - Edinburgh, Scotland
  2007 - Ottawa, Canada
  2009 - Brisbane, Australia
  2010 - Killarney, Ireland
  2011 - San Francisco, US
  2013 - Auckland, New Zealand

  2014 - Manchester, England

  2015 - Vancouver, Canada

  2017 - Sydney, Australia
  Summary

6. Vision, Mission & Goals
7. Structure
8. Benefits of Membership
9. Who May Join
 
 

 

  1. Purpose Of This Document

This document is designed to give a brief overview of IIMHL people, agencies and activities to December 2015.

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  2. Introduction to IIMHL

The International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL) is a unique international collaborative that focuses on improving mental health and addictions services. IIMHL is a collaboration of eight countries: Australia, England, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, USA and Sweden.

IIMHL organises systems for international innovation sharing, networking and problem solving across countries and agencies. The overall aim is to provide better outcomes for people who use mental health and addiction services and their families.

The Leadership Exchange is a week-long learning event which is held every 16 months.

Knowledge transfer among IIMHL countries includes not only the Leadership Exchange, but also promotion of workshops/training/education, research, support of learning collaboratives and information dissemination between Exchanges.

IIDL for disability leaders is a key part of IIMHL’s activities.

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  3. Background

National policies and directions have often been focused on clinical practices rather than recovery through mental health leadership. National perspectives such as those in Australia, Canada, England, the Republic of Ireland, NZ (New Zealand), Scotland, Sweden and the US (United States) realise that mental health leadership is just as vital to the success of community-based services as are effective clinical practices.

To succeed in moving evidence-based and promising/wise practices into the service provider environment will require leaders who have the ability to promote and support the rapid changes occurring in the delivery of mental health services.

The absence of resources and supports for key leaders in mental health hampers them, their organizations and communities from obtaining and adapting the skills and processes identified as most likely to support consumers to achieve recovery. With greater support for developing and demonstrating leadership, mental health leaders will develop services based on best practices and innovation and will nurture and grow future leaders.

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  4. Participating IIMHL Countries

IIMHL is a “Government-to-Government” initiative. It is funded by the eight participating Governments of each country. As of May 2013, Governments and national organizations recognizing the issues outlined above and wanting to promote mental health leadership are:

The Department of Health (England)
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) of the US
The Mental Health Directorate of the Ministry of Health New Zealand (MOHNZ)
The Scottish Executive (SE)
Health Service Executive, Republic of Ireland (HSE)
The Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Principal Committee (MHDAPC) 
Health Canada and Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC)

The Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions and the Ministry of Health and Social WelfareSweden

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  5. International Change Management

The journey towards recovery focused, best practice mental health practices is an international movement. National policies and directions can be enhanced by changes occurring in other countries. The role of a leader in maintaining awareness of all changes is a daunting task. It often leaves leaders without a network for personal support or organizational assistance to advance changes needed within the environment.

IIMHL offers support and technical assistance to countries and their provider leaders by assisting leaders in adapting to rapid changes in the field and providing a support network through partnership with other leaders from around the world. IIMHL identifies and shares the best in managerial, clinical and operational practices together with access to information about developments that are occurring in other countries. IIMHL provides member countries with a linkage to international leadership development that supplements their national policies and service developments with an emphasis on evidence-based practices.

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  6. Vision, Mission & Goals

The following vision, mission and goals have been agreed by leaders of participating countries:

VISION

IIMHL seeks a future where everyone with a mental illness / mental health problem and those who care for them have access to effective treatment and support from communities and providers who have the knowledge and competence to offer services that promote recovery.

MISSION

To achieve its vision IIMHL provides an international infrastructure to identify and exchange information about effective leadership, management and operational practices in the delivery of mental health services. It encourages the development of organizational and management best practice within mental health services through collaborative and innovative arrangements among mental health leaders.

GOALS

IIMHL aims to:

  • Provide a single international point of reference for key mental health leaders.
  • Strengthen workforce development and mentoring of mental health leaders.
  • Identify and disseminate best management and operational practices.
  • Foster innovation and creativity.
  • Expand the knowledge of:Promote international collaboration and research.
    • Building community capacity.
    • Implementing best practices for consumer recovery.
    • Expanding methodologies for integration with other health and social systems.
  • Provide assistance to international organizations and sponsoring countries to assist low and middle income countries to increase their ability to operate community based recovery systems.

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  7. Structure

IIMHL operates as a 501(c)(3) US non-profit corporation. It has a small Board of Directors currently comprising five former Sponsoring Countries Leadership Group (SCLG) members and who collectively have a long history with IIMHL. The Board has fiduciary responsibility for the fiscal and corporate functions and reviews the performance of IIMHL.

Each of the eight member countries identifies representatives to participate in the SCLG and pays a fee into a small fund to cover the administration and operations of IIMHL. The SCLG also includes the President/CEO of IIMHL.

The By-Laws for IIMHL specify the composition of the IIMHL SCLG and authorise the SCLG to choose the subject or theme for the Leadership Exchanges, and to provide suggestions and advice to the Board and President/CEO regarding the activities and expenditures of IIMHL.

Although a small SCLG has been established for IIDL, this is not currently recognised in the IIMHL By-Laws. The leadership of IIDL has recently seen a change, and the new leader intends to expand sponsorship and clarify the IIDL direction over the coming two years. At that end of that time, the Board and SCLG will be updated on the plans for IIDL, and if necessary any implications for IIMHL and its By-Laws can be considered.

A small “virtual” international IIMHL office is led by the President/CEO. A team of four part-time contractors provide administrative, communications and operational support for IIMHL and IIDL, including support for the website and database. From IIMHL’s inception, Mental Health Corporations of America kindly donated support for IIMHL book-keeping and auditing, however since 1 July 2012 IIMHL has entered an arrangement with an accounting firm to fulfill these functions.

Each sponsoring country nominates key people to liaise with IIMHL, and these people also contribute to the operation of IIMHL in various ways.

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  8. Benefits of Membership

When leaders join IIMHL, they have access to a global network through:

  • The Leadership Exchange
  • Participation in research or other collaborative activities
  • Learning about innovations
  • Linking with international colleagues
  • Twice-monthly email bulletins (called IIMHL Update) which includes information on the latest mental health, addiction and disability policies, best practices and issues:
    • vews
    • research
    • webinars on best practice

It is up to each leader to make the most of their learning experience by continuing connections with their international colleagues. IIMHL expects leaders to lead by example and make the most of the IIMHL learning environment.

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  9. Who May Join?

FROM IIMHL SUPPORTING COUNTRIES

Membership in IIMHL is via the CEO (or leader) of a mental health, substance abuse or disability provider organization. Membership enables participants to obtain all the benefits listed above.

FROM NON-SUPPORTING COUNTRIES

Leaders from countries that do not belong to IIMHL can also join IIMHL to receive the IIMHL Update and other public information released by IIMHL. To date we have leaders from 37 other countries.

COST

There is no direct cost to joining. In 2016, we have over 2,700 members.

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  10. How To Join

Each provider in the IIMHL-supporting countries can join IIMHL by completing an IIMHL Membership Record.

The only requirements are that:

  • You are the leader of an organization that provides services, funds, commissions services, or provides technical assistance in the field of mental health, substance abuse or disability.
  • You (as a key decision maker in your agency – the title may vary by country, e.g. CEO, Manager, Consumer, Clinician etc.) complete an annual Membership Record located on our website, which can be submitted online.

This Membership Record collects information about each organization in IIMHL. The information provided allows us to facilitate exchanges by matching up leaders with like interest and needs. It also assists to promote collaboration between international leaders.

The information we'd like to collect from you varies, depending on whether you are a:

  • Provider of mental health services, like a community mental health center or mental health trust, indigenous NGO or service user organization.
  • Funder or Non-Provider , like a government official, mental health commissioner, county administrator, or technical assistance organization.
  • Disability Leader , providing, planning or supporting services for people with learning (intellectual), sensory or physical disabilities.

   Complete the Membership Record!

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  11. The IIMHL Leadership Exchange

Each exchange occurs in a different region: Australia/New Zealand; North America, UK and the Republic of Ireland, with one of the countries hosting the two day Combined Meeting.

Since its inception in 2003, IIMHL has undertaken 11 Leadership Exchanges:

1

In 2003, this was held in England with the Network Meeting in Birmingham.

2

In 2004, it was held in the US with the Network Meeting in Washington DC.

3

In 2005, the exchange was held in Australia and New Zealand with the Network Meeting in Wellington, NZ.

4

In 2006, the Leadership Exchange was held in the Republic of Ireland, England and Scotland with the Network Meeting in Edinburgh.

5

In 2007, the Leadership Exchange was held in the US and Canada with the Network Meeting in Ottawa.

6 In 2008, this was a gap year.
7 In 2009, the Leadership Exchange was held in Australia and New Zealand with the Network Meeting held in Brisbane.
8 In 2010, the Leadership Exchange was held in Ireland with the Network Meeting held in Killarney.
9 In 2011, the Leadership Exchange was held in the US and Canada with the Network Meeting held in San Francisco.
10 In 2012, this was a gap year.
11 In 2013, the Leadership Exchange was held in NZ and Australia with the Network Meeting held in Auckland.
12 In 2014, the Leadership Exchange was held in England with the Combined Meeting held in Manchester.
13 In 2015, the Leadership Exchange was held in Canada with the Combined Meeting held in Vancouver.
14 In 2017, the Leadership Exchange was held in Australia and NZ with the Combined Meeting held in Sydney.

The philosophy behind the IIMHL Leadership Exchange is that once key leaders are linked together, they have the opportunity to begin collaborating and building an international partnership. The aim is to build relationships and networks that are mutually helpful for leaders, organizations and countries. The benefits of such a collaborative effort will cascade down to all staff and consumers. These benefits could include: 

  • Joint programme and service development
  • Staff exchanges and sabbaticals
  • Sharing of managerial, operational and clinical expertise (e.g. in service evaluation)
  • Research
  • Peer consultation

The exchange process involves IIMHL with the regional countries (e.g. in 2011 the US and Canada) matching leaders. Leaders may be Government officials, provider organizations, planning and/or funding, researchers, leaders from indigenous or specific ethnic groups, family leaders or consumer leaders. The exchange starts with a two-day Match and is followed with a two day meeting. Each exchange occurs in a different region: Australia/New Zealand; North America, UK and Republic of Ireland, with one of the countries hosting the two day combined meeting.

Our 12th Leadership Exchange in 2017 was held across Australia and New Zealand with Matches on February 27th and 28th followed by the Combined Meeting held in Sydney, Australia from 1st to 3rd March. IIDL was also an integral part of this Exchange.

The next Leadership Exchange will be:

  • 28 May - 1st June 2018: Sweden and Region with the Combined Meeting in Stockholm, Sweden.

SCHEDULE OF THE IIMHL LEADERSHIP EXCHANGE

Days 1 and 2: Matches

Leaders who are visiting choose the theme based Match they wish to attend. These Matches are often return visits where visiting leaders are traveling to see leaders that they hosted in prior exchanges. Or they may be new or emerging leaders matched with more experienced leaders. The host and visitors jointly prepare a programme through prior email contact for the two day Match that ensures that leaders’ (both host and visitor) expertise and interests are met.

The hosting leaders make their facilities and staff available for the visitors to observe and where possible participate in day to day activities. This programme has often included brief presentations by visiting leaders to the staff of the host organization. Many collaborative research projects have been initiated during a visit. Leaders who have been matched in prior exchanges have sometimes used these two day Matches to conduct peer consultation/assessment of a service.

Day 3: Travel

The third day of the Leadership Exchange is for travel from all of the host sites to the venue for the IIMHL combined meeting.

Day 4 and 5: IIMHL Combined Meeting

The two day Match is followed by a two day combined meeting which both visitors and hosts attend. Both days look at how to continue to build collaboration between leaders of IIMHL’s sponsoring countries and how we can transfer knowledge and best practice rapidly among countries.

(Appendix 1 below outlines a brief description and summary of past exchanges)

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  12. IIMHL Knowledge Exchange Activities

Over the years since its inception, IIMHL has encouraged each leader involved in the Leadership Exchange to make the most of their learning experience by continuing connections with like leaders in the months between the Exchanges. The intent is that the benefits of such a collaborative effort will cascade down to all staff and service users. Potential avenues for collaboration include joint programmes and service development, staff exchanges and sabbaticals, collaborative service evaluation, managerial, operational and clinical knowledge sharing, research and peer consultation.

During 2014, some of the matched leaders from previous theme-based Leadership Exchanges have continued to work together to share knowledge. Specifically, learning activities have continued in relation to: the Clinical Leaders Group (who are doing some joint research through Columbia University), the Workforce Collaborative that has continued to share information between countries, the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services collaborative, the Wharerātā Group of indigenous leaders, Interrelate – the Service user Coalition, and the Disability Leadership.

The International Knowledge Exchange Network for Mental Health (IKEN-MH)

This is a joint venture between the Mental Health Commission of Canada and IIMHL that was launched in July 2012 and aims to provide technological support for collaborative theme-based learning in between Exchanges. This will increase the opportunity for leaders to participate in shared learning irrespective of their attendance at the Leadership Exchanges.

The IIMHL Update

The IIMHL Update is a twice-monthly email that includes information on the latest Mental Health and Disability:

  • News
  • Research
  • Policy Documents
  • Webinars on best practice

Examples of key best practice documents shared via the Update in 2016 are:

Australia

  • Mental Health Peer Work Qualification Development Project
  • The Framework for Mental Health in Multicultural Australia: Towards culturally inclusive service delivery (The Framework)
  • Medication and Mental Illness: Perspectives
  • The Mental Health of Children and Adolescents: Report on the Second Australian Child and Adolescent Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing, 2015

Canada

  • WeBelong: International Forum on Life Promotion to Address Indigenous Suicide
  • 2nd National Conference on Peer Support - Canada

England

  • Early Years: Promoting health and wellbeing in under 5s
  • Resilience for the Digital World: Research into children and young people's social and emotional wellbeing online
  • Our Communities, our Mental Health: Commissioning for better public mental health

Ireland

  • Technology, Mental Health and Suicide Prevention in Ireland - a Good Practice Guide
  • Improving Health and Wellbeing Outcomes in the Early Years
  • Suicide Prevention, What Works?
  • National Clinical Programme for the Assessment and Management of Patients Presenting to Emergency Departments following Self-Harm

New Zealand

  •  Kaupapa Maori Models of Psychological Therapy & Mental Health Services: A literature review
  • The Commissioning Framework for Mental Health and Addiction
  • Nga-Ra-hui Hau Kura Suicide Mortaility Review Committee Feasibility Study 2014-15 Summary Report
  • Families and Whanau Status Report 2016
  • State of Care, 2016: What we learnt from monitoring Child, Youth and Family
  • The Determinants of Health for Children and Young People in New Zealand, 2014

Scotland

  • Mental Health in Scotland - A 10 year vision
  • Keeping Mothers and Babies in Mind
  • Place and Communities
  • What is Mental Health Recovery?

USA

  • Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Substance Use Disorders
  • Combatting the Heroin and Opioid Crisis: Heroin and Opioid Task Force
  • Approaches in Implementing the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act: Best Practices from the States
  • Using a Brain Science-Infused Lens in Policy Development: Achieving healthier outcomes for children and families

International reports shared in Update for 2016

World Health Organisation (WHO) documents included:

  • Global Strategy for Women's Children's and Adolescents' Health, 2016-2020

World Federation for Mental Health

  • Living with Schizophrenia (2014). World Federation for Mental Health

OECD 

  • Australia: Investing in Youth

United Nations

  • Global Status Report on Violence Prevention, 2014 WHO Jointly published by WHO, the United Nations Development Programme, and the New Resolution on Mental Health and Human Rights, 1 July 2016
  • Operational Guidance Mental Health & Psychosocial Support Programming for Refugee Operations
  • World Happiness Report 2016

European Union

  • Comorbidity of Substance Use and Mental Disorders in Europe
  • European Framework for Action on Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Mental Health in Policies including Across-government Policies

The World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Mental Health 2014-2016

  • Seven Actions Towards a Mentally Health Organisation: A seven-step guide to workplace mental health

Alzheimer's Disease International

  • The Global Impact of Dementia: An analysis of prevalence, incidence, cost and trends

Webinars

Since 2011, IIMHL has collaborated with the US National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare to offer a series of Webinars. In 2012 these Webinars included:

  • Let’s get real: An Integrated Approach to Workforce Development (New Zealand)
  • Scotland’s Approach to Increase Rates of Diagnosis, Services and Outcomes for People with Dementia (Scotland)
  • There is More to Life than Services (England)
  • Key Learning from the “Implementing Recovery through Organisational Change” (ImROC) Project (England)
  • Early Intervention: Hope for Youth with Serious Mental Illness (Australia)
  • Wraparound Milwaukee: The Family Connection (USA)
  • Successful Transitions: From Youth to Adult (Canada)
  • Mental Health Services Italy (Italy)

“Make it so” newsletter for key leaders

Three times a year IIMHL prepares a newsletter for key leaders at high levels within each country to rapidly share the current state of international knowledge about a specific topic of interest. In 2016 three documents were circulated:

Healthy Families: From ACEs to Trauma Informed Care to Resilience & Wellbeing: Examples of policies and activities across IIMHL and IIDL Countries

The Use of Tasers on People with Mental Health Problems: Across IIMHL Countries

Services for People Experiencing a Mentah Health Crisis SItuation: Across IIMHL Countries

IIMHL-facilitated visits by subject experts

This is a mechanism through which leaders who have in-depth knowledge of a particular innovation or cost-effective service can present their expertise at low- or no-cost to the sponsoring region that is mid-way between hosting exchanges.

IIMHL supported Arthur C. Evans of Philadelphia travel in November to Stockholm, Birmingham and Dublin, Ireland to speak about the city and urban mental health developments in Philadelphia.

IIMHL worked with Sweden to facilitate presentations by IIMHL, the honourable Norman Lamb and Dr Gary Belkin on developments with the West Midlands Mental Health Commission and New York City Thrive. 

IIMHL linked Eduardo Vega, President and CEO of Mental Health Association of San Francisco and Director of the Center for Dignity, Recovery and Empowerment to speak in New Zealand in August, supported by the Health Promotion Agency. His topic was “Flipping the Script for Recovery and Dignity in Mental Health: the crucial role of communities, providers and lived expertise at the tipping point of change”. 

IIMHL facilitated a presentation to South African Mental Health leaders by Bruce Kamradt on the Milwaukee Wraparound model for children and youth. 

Planning for the 2018 Leadership Exchange

The theme for the 2018 Leadership Exchange will be advised shortly, as will the venue and additional information.  The dates are 28th May to 1st June 2018.

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  13. Joining IIMHL

Please complete the online Membership Record at the link below. Once completed and submitted you and/or your organization will be added to the IIMHL distribution lists.

A twice-monthly IIMHL Update, together with any other information relevant to IIMHL activities, will be automatically sent to you at the email address detailed in your Membership Record.

Please email Erin Geaney at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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  14. Appendix 1

APPENDIX 1PAST IIMHL 

Purpose of this document

This document describes each of the ten Leadership Exchanges to date held in 2003 (UK), 2004 (USA & Canada), 2005 (New Zealand & Australia), 2006 (Scotland & UK), 2007 (Canada & USA), 2008 (a gap year), 2009 (Australia & NZ), 2010 (Ireland & the UK), 2011 (US & Canada), 2012 (a gap year), 2013 (Australia & NZ), 2014 (England & the UK).

 

Background

The Leadership Exchange first occurred in Birmingham, UK in May 2003. It was the result of a plan developed by Mental Health Corporations of America, Inc. (MHCA) to link their leaders with colleagues in England. The aim was to share experiences in service development and innovation in order to improve the quality of services for consumers.

 

 

The Exchange was structured so that each leader would be placed at a site with a colleague for the first two days of the week, Monday and Tuesday. Then to support these exchanges all leaders would gather together to meet at a combined meeting. This meeting was divided into two sections:

  • On the first day, the country hosting the combined meeting would organize and schedule presentations and discussions on mental health trends and innovations within their country.
  • The second day was scheduled by IIMHL with the intent to share knowledge gained from the exchanges, encourage leaders to become actively involved with IIMHL projects and allow additional time to network.

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  2003
  1st IIMHL Leadership Exchange in England with Combined Meeting in Birmingham
June 2nd - 6th, 2003

Total attending IIMHL combined meeting in Birmingham: 84

Leaders were placed in various mental health service sites around England on Monday and Tuesday. On late Tuesday most leaders travelled to Birmingham, England for two and one-half days of meetings. NMHDU took on the responsibility for organizing the venue, the combined meeting in Birmingham and the schedule for the first day and a half. IIMHL planned the last day.

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  2004
  2nd IIMHL Leadership Exchange in USA with Combined Meeting in Washington, DC
May 16th - 21st, 2004


Total attending IIMHL combined meeting in Washington: 180

The schedule of the Leadership Exchange was slightly shifted. We had a full two days for visitors to be with their host, a full day of travel on Wednesday (to allow for the longer distances to be covered) and then two days for the combined meeting.

The meeting was scheduled jointly with MHCA’s Spring Quarterly Meeting.

 

IIMHL Steering Group Decisions Made in 2004

At the September 2004 IIMHL Steering Group meeting, the Steering Group adopted a rotation schedule for the IIMHL Leadership Exchange so that it would allow partnerships to return more often to each organization. The rotation is:

1 Exchanges throughout the UK with the combined meeting in Scotland.
2 Exchanges throughout North America with the combined meeting in Canada.
3 Exchanges throughout Australia and New Zealand with the combined meeting in Australia.

 

 

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  2005
  3rd IIMHL Leadership Exchange in Australia and New Zealand with Combined Meeting in Wellington, New Zealand
February 28th - March 4th, 2005


Total attending IIMHL combined meeting in Wellington: 189

The third IIMHL Leadership Exchange was the first where two countries hosted Matches: Australia and New Zealand. The number of participants in Matches and focus groups increased significantly from the prior year.

New areas of Matches were between Pacific Island peoples and carer / family members. A theme that emerged during the past year was to focus on ethnic / cultural competencies especially within the African American and African Caribbean communities and Asian communities. Efforts will be made to include such communities in the future.

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  2006
  4th IIMHL Leadership Exchange in United Kingdom with Combined Meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland
June 5th - 9th, 2006

Total attending IIMHL combined meeting in Edinburgh: 280

The schedule for the 4th IIMHL Leadership Exchange included visitors hosting colleagues in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland on 5th and 6th of June. On 7th June people travelled to the combined meeting in Edinburgh. This meeting commenced on 8th June with the 9th June being scheduled to include IIMHL activities.

This was the first time IIDL leaders met.

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  2007
  5th IIMHL Leadership Exchange and Combined Meeting in Ottawa, Canada
 August 27th - 31st, 2007

 

Total attending IIMHL combined meeting in Ottawa: 450

The schedule for the 5th IIMHL Leadership Exchange included visitors hosting colleagues in US and Canada on 27th and 28th of August. On 29th August people travelled to the combined meeting in Ottawa. This Meeting commenced on 30th August and finished on the 31st.

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NOTE: THERE WAS NO EXCHANGE HELD IN 2008

  2009
  6th IIMHL Leadership Exchange and Combined Meeting in Brisbane, Australia
March 2nd - 6th, 2009


Total attending IIMHL combined meeting in Brisbane: 306

The schedule for the 6th IIMHL Leadership Exchange included visitors hosting colleagues in Australia and New Zealand on 2nd and 3rd of March. On 4th March people travelled to the combined meeting in Brisbane. This Meeting commenced on 5th March and ended on the 6th.

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  2010
  7th IIMHL Leadership Exchange and Combined Meeting in Killarney, Ireland
April 19th - 20th, 2010

Total attending IIMHL combined meeting in Killarney: 460

The schedule for the 7th IIMHL Leadership Exchange included visitors hosting colleagues in Ireland on 19th and 20th of April. On 21st April, people travelled to the combined meeting in Killarney. This meeting commenced on 22nd April and ended on the 23rd.

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  2011
  8th IIMHL Leadership Exchange and Combined Meeting in San Francisco, US
September 12th - 16th, 2011

Total attending IIMHL combined meeting in San Francisco: 282

The schedule for the 8th IIMHL Leadership Exchange included visitors hosting colleagues in the US & Canada on the 13th and 13th of September. On 14th September people travelled to the combined meeting in San Francisco. This meeting commenced on 15th September and ended on the 16th.

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NOTE: THERE WAS NO EXCHANGE HELD IN 2012

  2013
  9th IIMHL Leadership Exchange and Combined Meeting in Auckland, NZ
March 4th - 8th, 2013

  

   Total attending IIMHL combined meeting in Auckland: 310
   (Note: This includes 78 IIDL Members)

The schedule for the 9th IIMHL Leadership Exchange included visitors hosting colleagues in the New Zealand & Australia on the 4th and 5th of March. On 6th March people travelled to the combined meeting in Auckland. This meeting commenced on 7th March and ended on the 8th.

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  2014
  10th IIMHL Leadership Exchange and Combined Meeting in Manchester, England
June 9th - 13th, 2014


   Total attending IIMHL combined meeting in Manchester: 362
   (Note: This includes 54 IIDL Members)

The schedule for the 10th IIMHL Leadership Exchange included visitors hosting colleagues in England, Ireland, Scotland and Sweden on the 9th and 10th of June. On 11th June people travelled to the combined meeting in Manchester. This meeting commenced on 12th March and ended on the 13th.

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  2015
  11th IIMHL Leadership Exchange in England with Combined Meeting in Vancouver, Canada
September 21st - 25th, 2015

Total attending IIMHL combined meeting in Vancouver:  360

(Note: This includes 80 IIDL Members)

The schedule for the 11th IIMHL Leadership Exchange included visitors hosting colleagues in Canada and the USA on the 21st and 22nd of September, 450 in total (not all attended the Combined Meeting). On 23rd September people travelled to the combined meeting in Vancouver. This meeting commenced on 24th September and ended on the 25th.

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  2017
  12th IIMHL Leadership Exchange in Australia and NZ with Combined Meeting in Sydney, Australia

February 27th - March 3rd, 2017

Total attending IIMHL combined meeting in Sydney: 390
   (Note: This includes 110 IIDL Members)

The schedule for the 12th IIMHL Leadership Exchange included visitors hosting colleagues in Australia and New Zealand on the 27th and 28th of February, 510 in total (not all attended the Combined Meeting). On the 1st of March people travelled to the combined meeting in Sydney. This meeting commenced on the 2nd of March ended on the 3rd. 

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SUMMARY

The IIMHL Leadership Exchange has gained in popularity as a quality improvement process as evidenced by the increase in numbers attending.

Leaders in the participating countries have forged strong links with many groups collaborating on joint work aimed at improving mental health services for those people who use them.

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