This year’s Summit is by invitation only.

With the 3rd Global Summit we continue our conversation from not only the past two Summits but from the Change Direction Jam held on World Mental Health Day, October 10-11, 2019.  We have brought together sixty thought leaders, change agents, advocates, policy makers and those with lived experience to take the conversation to the next level and discuss four topics.

We are approaching a tipping point—one in which mental health and physical health are valued equally.  This shift will ensure that more resources will be devoted to understanding and addressing the mental health conditions that affect 1 in 4 of us.  It will also ensure that new techniques, treatments and opportunities are explored and developed so that those in need receive care that they deserve.

Roundtable Topics

Culture & Access Barriers: Changing the culture and removing barriers to improve mental health

Culture change and increased access typically don’t happen linearly – nor does culture change happen overnight. What are the best levers to use to amplify our collective effort? Perhaps there are key players yet to join this conversation. If so, how do we get them involved?

How can we capitalize on the change we are beginning to see, and how can we do more to address emotional pain and suffering around the world?  What indicators tell us that we are making progress in changing the culture and increasing access around mental health – and what are the barriers that are the most difficult to remove?

Education & Suicide Prevention: Education, early identification, and suicide prevention are key for mental health

We have seen how the power of education can change attitudes, policies, and behaviors; combating stigma, stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination. Research shows the value of early identification for good mental health and suicide prevention. How do we harness the best resources and distribution channels available to us to drive the change we seek?

How can we work together to adopt models and programs that focus on education, early identification, and prevention; and reach more people with information that will drive mental health culture change and ensure those in need get the help they deserve.

Work Environment: Good mental health is good for the bottom line

Emotionally healthy employees are more productive than those who are suffering from unaddressed mental health challenges or substance misuse disorders and addiction. Some companies are leading the way in adopting policies and practices that focus on emotional health and wellbeing – others are reluctant to support practices or provide quality resources. How can we do more to drive change within the business community?

How can we encourage the business community to move more quickly to adopt policies and practices that support a mentally healthy workforce?  How can we bring more CEOs into the conversation?

Technology: Innovative advances to drive culture changes and ensure access to quality care

Technology is a normal part of daily life just as mental health care should be.  There are many ways that technology connects us to each other, as well as alienates us from each other.  How can we use technology to further the delivery of care, as well as encourage good mental health education and support?

How can we best use technology in ensure our emotional health and well-being?

2019 Award Recipients

Agents of Change 

In order for movements to succeed, in order for cultures to change, we need champions who use their voices and their platforms to elevate the conversation and challenge the status quo. These are the agents of change who engage and inspire us. We are pleased to be able to recognize, honor and thank these individuals and organizations who break down barriers for all of us. This year’s honoree is sharing her own grief and loss with the world in order to help those who feel alone in their suffering.

Commitment to Service 

Give an Hour is proud to recognize individuals and organizations that have demonstrated a sustained commitment to service. By honoring those who serve – in the military, the government, the non profit or the corporate sector – we hold up examples for others to follow and we recognize the value of service as we strive to build healthier communities around the world. This year’s honorees exemplify all that is possible when we focus on the pursuit of a greater good.

Agents of Change Awardee

Jennifer Ashton, M.D., Chief Medical Correspondent for Good Morning America and ABC News

Jennifer Ashton, M.D., is a doctor, mother, and friend ,and Chief Medical Correspondent for Good Morning America and ABC News, who has witnessed firsthand the impact of a loved one’s suicide. When her ex-husband killed himself in February 2017 soon after their divorce, her world—and that of her children—was shattered. Though she held a very public position with one of the world’s largest media companies, she was hesitant to speak about the personal trauma that she and her family experienced following his death. But with the high-profile suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain in 2018, Dr. Ashton recognized the importance of talking about her experience and the power of giving voice to her grief. In a quest to provide comfort and solace to the countless others who have had to face the aftermath of suicide, she first shared her story with her Good Morning America family on air in an honest and heartbreaking interview. Dr. Ashton’s moving new book, LIFE AFTER SUICIDE, is a call to arms against this dangerous, devastating epidemic and an affecting story of personal grief and loss. In her new book, Dr. Ashton opens up completely for the first time about her experience and gives an eye-opening and gut-wrenching view into the way suicide affects those left behind. Dr. Ashton also includes interviews and stories from others who have survived the death of a loved one by suicide and offers tales of resilience, hope, healing, and courage to show how those faced with the unthinkable are able to persevere. Plus, she tackles the vital roles that conversation and community play in a loved one’s recovery.

Commitment to Service Awardee

CAPT Matthew Kleiman, Director of Psychological Health for the National Guard Bureau (NGB)

CAPT Matt Kleiman has served as the Director of Psychological Health for the National Guard Bureau (NGB) for the past three years.  In this role, he has designed, developed, and directed an enterprise-wide system for psychological health fitness and resilience for over 450,000 National Guard members and their families. In July 2019, he was hand-selected by the Chief of the National Guard Bureau to lead NGB’s new Office of Warrior Resilience and Fitness, created to synchronize well-being, resilience, and prevention efforts across the National Guard, to enhance efficiencies, and improve behavioral health outcomes for the total force. In this role, CAPT Kleiman serves as the principal advisor to the Chief of the National Guard Bureau on the continuum of psychological health and resilience services provided to/for Guard members and their families.  He is specifically responsible for providing oversight, implementation, execution, and quality control for Psychological Health, Resilience and Suicide Prevention operations across the joint services.

CAPT Kleiman is a commissioned officer in the United States Public Health Service and was previously detailed to the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) from 2010-2016 as the Chief of USCG’s Behavioral Health Services.  In this capacity, he directed, oversaw, and was responsible for the management and oversight of all Coast Guard’s Behavioral Health Programs.

Prior to his assignment to USCG Headquarters, CAPT Kleiman served as a principal advisor in the Office of Health Affairs to senior leadership at the Department of Homeland Security on resilience and behavioral health policies across the organization.  He has also been previously assigned as the National Mental Health Coordinator for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, responsible for coordinating the mental health care for all detained undocumented migrants in the United States.

CAPT Kleiman began his active duty career over 20 years ago as an Air Force clinical social worker, where for six years he provided a broad array of direct behavioral health services to Air Force members and their families at multiple duty locations. He received his Master’s of Social Work degree from the University of Georgia, and is a licensed clinical social worker and board certified diplomat.

Commitment to Service Awardee

Barbara Cole, Fine Art Photographer

Nobody is more surprised than me at what my life looks like today! When I was a young, girl
who dropped out of school due to mental illness I would have thought the life I have now to be
impossible.

Despite, and perhaps because of, my many years of struggling with Bipolar II, I more fully
appreciate my current life as a successful international artist, mother and wife. I’ve learned
that even in its darkest days, life isn’t hopeless, no matter how much one might feel that it is.
There are always ways to find resilience and personal strength. My story is an ongoing
testament to that.

My work not only echoes my own struggles and personal and artistic achievements, it speaks
to all women who rise up, take back power and lead the way. The best way to challenge the
perception of what a person with mental illness looks like, and combat the stigma of mental
illness, is to use your voice.

Barbara Cole is an award-winning Canadian photographer known for her underwater,
figurative work. Her photographs have been exhibited widely in both private and public
institutions, with solo exhibitions at the Canadian Embassies in both Tokyo and Washington,
and inclusions in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Toronto, the Art Gallery
of Ontario, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas. She has completed several largescale commissions for notable sites, including the M. Lau Breast Cancer Centre in Toronto’s
Princess Margaret Hospital. In 2012, the acclaimed documentary series Snapshot: The Art of
Photography II featured an episode devoted to Cole’s photographic practice; in 2015, she was
commissioned to create the promotional artwork for the National Ballet of Canada’s
production of Le Petit Prince. Cole is also the recipient of the Grand Prize at the Festival
International de la Photographie de Mode in Cannes. She lives and works in Toronto,Canada.
For more information: barbaracole.com

Invited Speakers

Jennifer Ashton, M.D., Chief Medical Correspondent for Good Morning America and ABC News

Jennifer Ashton, M.D., is a doctor, mother, and friend ,and Chief Medical Correspondent for Good Morning America and ABC News, who has witnessed firsthand the impact of a loved one’s suicide. When her ex-husband killed himself in February 2017 soon after their divorce, her world—and that of her children—was shattered. Though she held a very public position with one of the world’s largest media companies, she was hesitant to speak about the personal trauma that she and her family experienced following his death. But with the high-profile suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain in 2018, Dr. Ashton recognized the importance of talking about her experience and the power of giving voice to her grief. In a quest to provide comfort and solace to the countless others who have had to face the aftermath of suicide, she first shared her story with her Good Morning America family on air in an honest and heartbreaking interview. Dr. Ashton’s moving new book, LIFE AFTER SUICIDE, is a call to arms against this dangerous, devastating epidemic and an affecting story of personal grief and loss. In her new book, Dr. Ashton opens up completely for the first time about her experience and gives an eye-opening and gut-wrenching view into the way suicide affects those left behind. Dr. Ashton also includes interviews and stories from others who have survived the death of a loved one by suicide and offers tales of resilience, hope, healing, and courage to show how those faced with the unthinkable are able to persevere. Plus, she tackles the vital roles that conversation and community play in a loved one’s recovery.

Talinda Bennington, Founding Partner, 320 Changes Direction and Executive Advisor, the Campaign to Change Direction

Talinda Bennington is the mother of a beautiful blended family of 6. She is the wife of the late singer, Chester Bennington of Linkin Park. In the summer of 2017, Talinda lost her husband to depression and addiction. Chester Bennington died by suicide on July 20, 2017. Determined to prevent others in need from suffering alone, Talinda partnered with Give an Hour and the Campaign to Change Direction and launched 320 Changes Direction – an effort named in honor of Chester.  Most recently she has been invited to launch the 40 Seconds of Action Campaign with The World Health Organization.

John Boyd, CEO for Mental Health Services, Sutter Health

John Boyd, Psy.D, MHA, is Sutter Health’s CEO for Mental Health Services. John has an extensive background in healthcare administration including mental health. John has been appointed a commissioner by Governor Jerry Brown for the State of California Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission and currently serves in that capacity. John currently serves on the board of Mental Health America and the Steinberg Institute. John also serves on the Advisory Council for the Movement for Global Mental Health, the Well Being Trust, and Mental Health America of Hawaii . He established and chairs the National Behavioral Health Council with over 40 health system participants. Dr. Boyd has served in other appointed capacities including City of Sacramento Planning Commissioner. He earned his MHA at University of Southern California and his doctorate in psychology at CSPP and completed his APA accredited pre-doctoral internship at University of California Davis Children’s Hospital CAARE Diagnostic and Treatment Center- working primarily with children in foster care who have suffered severe abuse and neglect. Prior to joining Sutter in 2008, he served as Assistant Administrator, for Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center. Prior to that, he worked eight years for Shriners Hospitals for Children, both domestically and internationally. During his tenure he served in both local and system-wide capacities. Additionally, he has worked as both an inpatient and outpatient therapist in several organizations throughout his career. John is a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Bruce Cohen, Film, Television and Theater Producer

Bruce Cohen is an Academy Award-winning producer of film, television, theater, and live events. He won an Academy Award for Best Picture in 2000, alongside producing partner Dan Jinks, for Sam Mendes’ AMERICAN BEAUTY and earned additional Best Picture nominations for Gus Van Sant’s MILK and David O. Russell’s SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK. He also produced both the film and Broadway musical adaptation of Tim Burton’s BIG FISH. More recently, Cohen produced the Ben Younger’s BLEED FOR THIS starring Miles Teller and Danny Strong’s REBEL IN THE RYE starring Nicholas Hoult as iconic author J.D. Salinger. In television, Cohen executive produced ABC’s LGTBQ rights miniseries WHEN WE RISE, created and written by Academy Award winner Dustin Lance Black. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for producing the 83RD ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS and also served as an executive producer on the Emmy-winning series PUSHING DAISIES as well as the event specials MOVIES ROCK and BROADWAY AT THE WHITE HOUSE for First Lady Michelle Obama. Cohen is a graduate of Yale University and started his film career as the DGA Trainee on Steven Spielberg’s THE COLOR PURPLE. Cohen resides in New York City with his husband and their daughter.

Chris Colbert, CEO, DCP Entertainment

Chris Colbert began his career in audio production over a decade ago as an intern and consultant for Sirius Satellite Radio (now SiriusXM Radio). While simultaneously earning his degree from Seton Hall University, he helped create Oscar and Grammy award winner Jamie Foxx’s comedy and music channel “The Foxxhole”.

Upon successful completion and tremendous success with “The Foxxhole”, Chris joined SiriusXM full time and helped create “Carlin’s Corner”, a 24/7 George Carlin comedy channel and “Que Funny”, SiriusXM’s only bilingual Latino comedy channel. He also oversaw programming and operations for “Urban View” and “Blue Collar Radio” (now “Jeff & Larry’s Comedy Roundup”). In addition to SiriusXM’s permanent stations, Chris also worked on pop-up channels such as “Richard Pryor Radio”, “Star Wars Radio”, “Comic Con Radio”, and “E3 Radio”.

As Director of Urban Talk and Comedy for SiriusXM, Chris worked on several audio documentaries. These documentaries provided his transition to the role of Vice President of Programming for Cadence13 (formerly DGital Media). While at Cadence13, he oversaw all documentary projects and produced top podcasts such as “Cover Up”, “Origins”, “What Really Happened”, and “Majority 54”.

Having worked with names like Jamie Foxx, Touré, James Andrew Miller, Joy-Ann Reid, Zak Levitt, Andrew Jenks, Joe Madison, ESSENCE, PEOPLE, Crooked Media, Sports Illustrated, WME, and the United Negro College Fund, Chris specializes in media partnerships and content development.

With a passion for connecting audiences with innovative and inspiring content, Chris founded DCP Entertainment; a place to bring together audio and visual storytelling, giving a platform to minority, women and LGBTQ communities, as well as highlighting stories around mental health, disability and overcoming adversity, DCP presents stories that we can all relate to.

Paul Dommel, Global Director for Health & Social Programs, IBM

Paul Dommel is the Global Director for Health and Social Programs for IBM Government Industry.   He leads IBM’s HHS Center of Excellence and works with clients and teams in the US, Latin America, Asia-Pacific, and Europe.   He is a frequent writer and speaker on the role of technology to strengthen government and improve lives.

In recent years, Paul has become passionate about the importance mental health and culture change.  Mental health issues underpin challenges facing communities, governments, and corporations across the world.

Before joining IBM, Paul worked in the Strategy and Change Practice at Booz-Allen & Hamilton.  He lives near Washington DC with his wife and four children.

Ryan Gallucci, Director, VFW National Veterans Service

Ryan Gallucci serves as director of the VFW National Veterans Service which ensures veterans can access their earned benefits through the Departments of Veterans Affairs, Defense, and Labor. To help achieve this, Ryan oversees the VFW’s global network of nearly 2,100 trained and accredited VA claims representatives who assist veterans in navigating their earned benefits.

Ryan’s department is also responsible for ensuring VA can deliver quality health care to veterans, including mental health. In 2016, Ryan helped the VFW commission its Mental Wellness Campaign, bringing together key community partners like Give an Hour to help meet the needs of veterans suffering from the invisible wounds of war and inspire the veterans’ community to change the narrative on mental health.

Ryan previously served as VFW Deputy Legislative Director, working with Congress to craft and implement transition and education policies like in-state tuition for veterans and the military Transition Assistance Program redesign. Ryan also established the VFW-SVA Legislative Fellowship program, which offers exemplary student veterans hands-on advocacy experience in Washington.

David Gowel, CEO RallyPoint

David Gowel is a U.S. Army veteran turned entrepreneur who is now the CEO of RallyPoint, the world’s largest online military network. Dave began his military career as a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point (’02) and of the US Army Ranger School. He then served two tours in Europe during which he was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as an armor platoon leader. Dave’s last active duty Army position was serving as an Assistant Professor of Military Leadership at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). It was while he was at MIT that he found the value of social media, which led to his cofounding of a consulting firm to help people leverage social media tools more professionally. He authored The Power in a Link: Open Doors, Close Deals, and Change the Way You do Business Using LinkedIn (Wiley 2011) and cofounded software company RockTech to help people use business software better at scale. Dave is a board advisor to Vets in Tech. More at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidgowel and www.rallypoint.com/rp/dave

Andy Keller, President and Chief Executive Officer, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute

Dr. Andy Keller is a psychologist (licensed in CO, MI and TX) with more than 20 years of experience in behavioral health policy and is a recognized leader in health and human services integration, behavioral health financing, managed care systems and purchasing, and implementation of empirically supported practices for adults and children. Dr. Keller’s career has centered on large-scale system reforms, beginning with his work as a post-doctoral fellow, senior manager, and executive team member in the Denver mental health system in the 1990s implementing and managing large-scale ACT and housing developments for super-utilizers, continuing from 1999 through 2015 in his national consulting work, and focused now in Texas through his leadership in developing and now leading the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute.

Dr. Keller was also a founding partner of TriWest Group, a national behavioral health systems consulting firm focused on human service evaluation, community collaboration and management. His work has centered on helping local systems implement evidence-based and innovative care, as well as helping local and state governments develop the regulatory and financial framework to support them. Prior to forming TriWest, Andy worked in Colorado at the health plan level with a leading Medicaid HMO and at the provider level with the Mental Health Center of Denver. He has directed and led a range of community-based programs, including assertive community treatment teams, adult and child outpatient clinics, school-based and early childhood programs, and specialty programs for older adults and Latino communities.

Randy Phelps, CEO, Give an Hour

Randy Phelps, Ph.D., served on the Give an Hour Advisory Board for over a decade, was a formal consultant to the GAH Board of Directors in 2017, became GAH’s Vice President of Operations in 2018, and was appointed GAH’s Chief Executive Officer in 2019. He formerly worked at American Psychological Association (APA) Office of Health Care Financing, a component of the APA Center for Psychology and Health. In that role he led APA’s advocacy efforts for sustainable health care financing for both health systems and practitioners. He was formerly the APA Deputy Executive Director for Professional Practice, and as well as APA’s liaison to the US Department of Veterans Affairs for a decade and a half.  Dr. Phelps received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Utah in 1981. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Distinguished Member of the National Academies of Practice, Clinical Member of the American Family Therapy Academy, and recipient of APA’s Karl Heiser Award for advocacy.  He has also received an APA Presidential Citation for his national contributions to professional psychology.

Bill Ritter, News Anchor, WABC TV New York

Bill Ritter has been the anchor of Eyewitness News, the nation’s largest and most viewed tv news station for 20 years. As a trusted and familiar face to millions of people in the New York and tri-state area, he covers some of the biggest news stories of the day.

Bill has been a fixture at ABC since 1992, beginning with Good Morning America and later 20/20 as an anchor and correspondent, respectively. In 1999, Bill succeeded the late, great Bill Beutel at Eyewitness News, adding the 6:00 pm newscast to his resume in 2001.

Bill’s almost fifty-year career began in print journalism, where he got his start serving as a reporter and business editor for the San Diego County edition of the Los Angeles Times. He made the transition to television in the late 1980s, tackling hard-hitting topics such as the Rodney King Trial and subsequent Los Angeles Riots for the Fox Television Network. Bill solidified his place at Fox by serving as a reporter for the network’s nationally syndicated show Entertainment Daily Journal.

In his personal life, Bill has been highly engaged in non-profit drug education and prevention, serving as a board member and then Chairman of Crash, Inc. for over ten years.

Anna Shinoda, Author and Senior Advisor to the Campaign to Change Direction

Anna Shinoda is the author of Learning Not to Drown (Atheneum 2014), a story about a young girl who struggles to preserve her own identity amidst a chaotic, dysfunctional family unit. With her husband, Linkin Park musician Mike Shinoda, she has led environmental and humanitarian efforts for Music For Relief in the U.S. and abroad. As a mental health advocate, she serves as a senior advisor to The Campaign to Change Direction, directing the development of their Books Change Direction initiative. Visit her at annashinoda.com or on Twitter @AnnaShinoda  or Instagram @AnnaShinoda.

Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D. Executive Director, PREVENTS Executive Order Task Force, Office of the Secretary, Department of Veterans Affairs

On March 5, 2019, President Trump signed Executive Order 13861, The President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide (PREVENTS). This Executive Order created a dedicated Task Force to coordinate efforts across the Government and to build a national strategy focused on improving overall mental health to prevent suicide. To lead this multi-agency national effort, Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, was selected as Executive Director of the PREVENTS Task Force. Named to TIME magazine’s 2012 list of the 100 most influential people in the world, Dr. Van Dahlen is the Founder of Give an Hour, a national nonprofit that provides free mental health care to those in need including service members, veterans and their families. Dr. Van Dahlen led the organization as President until 2019. A licensed clinical psychologist who practiced in the Washington, D.C. area for over 20 years, she received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Maryland in 1991.

Dr. Van Dahlen also founded the Campaign to Change Direction® in 2015, a global initiative focused on changing the culture of mental health. Change Direction is a public health approach that encourages everyone to learn the Five Signs of Emotional Suffering that tell them that someone they know may be suffering emotionally and may need help. Change Direction has gained tremendous momentum in the United States and internationally.

Dr. Van Dahlen is an expert on the psychological impact of war and a thought leader in mobilizing constituencies to create large system change. She is widely recognized for her work in changing the culture associated with mental health. Dr. Van Dahlen has been a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and TIME, and has been interviewed by major media outlets such as AP, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Newsweek, Time, USA Today, CNN, NPR, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, Newshour, and such military media outlets as Stars & Stripes, AUSA Magazine, and the Pentagon Channel. Dr. Van Dahlen is also the host of a podcast, Inner Space and the mental health consultant for the ABC television drama, A Million Little Things.

Marianne Watson, Brigadier General (Ret)

Brigadier General (Retired) Marianne Watson Served in the Army for 30 years. Last three assignments included Director of Manpower & Personnel (J1), National Guard Bureau, Director of Personnel (G1), Army National Guard Directorate, and Chief of Army National Guard Affairs, Bagram, Afghanistan. Since retirement, Marianne has supported several non-profit organizations: Give-An-Hour, Center for America, Corporate America Supports You/Military Spouse Corporate Career Network, Mission: Getting to Next, Warriors for Wireless and others.  Behavioral health issues facing veterans, service members and their families is personal. My late husband took his own life in 2013 and my daughter is a survivor of the opioid epidemic.

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