Associate Professor Carmel Loughland is finishing her role as Acting Director at Everymind from today, with Dr Jaelea Skehan OAM returning to her substantive role as Director on Monday, 15 March.
Associate Professor Loughland commenced her leadership position at Everymind on 30 September 2019 and, during her term, has successfully cultivated and strengthened the Institute’s research capacity and capability
According to Associate Professor Loughland, her time at Everymind has been thoroughly rewarding.
“The opportunity to lead the Institute in delivering world-leading mental ill-health and suicide prevention programs and research, and to work with such an incredibly dedicated and talented team of people, has been an absolute honour,” she said.
“I’ll look back fondly upon the experience and I wish the Everymind family all the very best. I greatly look forward to seeing their future achievements.”
Among the major national initiatives currently conducted by Everymind are Mindframe, Life in Mind and Ahead for Business. Staff are also assisting a range of industries and working in sectors as diverse as refugee support and carer support.
Dr Skehan has been on secondment for the past 18 months, serving as Special Adviser for the National Suicide Prevention Taskforce supporting Christine Morgan in her role as the Prime Minister's National Suicide Prevention Adviser.
“It has been a privilege to work closely with Christine Morgan, the Commonwealth government, State and Territory governments, the suicide prevention sector and people with lived experience of suicide over the past 18 months,” said Dr Skehan.
“There is significant work to be done at the national and the local level in mental health and suicide prevention. It is a critical time for governments, organisations and communities to work together, led by the knowledge and expertise of those with lived experience of mental illness and suicide.
“I am looking forward to reconnecting with the team at Everymind, our stakeholders and the community as we work together to ensure better outcomes for individuals, families and communities.”
Everymind extends a huge thank you to Associate Professor Loughland for her contribution and leadership and wishes her all the very best in her future endeavours. We also look forward to warmly welcoming Dr Skehan as she returns to her substantive role as Institute Director.