Speakers National Zero Suicide Forum 2017 - Shaun Robinson

Shaun Robinson

Shaun is a father, partner, musician, gardener, sometimes surfer and organisational leader. His professional passion is developing organisations into high performers in the delivery of social good and social change.

Shaun has worked in social and health services for over 30 years. With degrees in business and community work, he has held four other CEO positions in not-for-profit organisations, addressing issues from care and protection to HIV and AIDS. He has also been a management consultant to public hospitals, developed a successful training business and been a policy advisor to former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark. He has served on commercial and not-for-profit boards and on a range of government working parties and advisory groups.

Shaun says it is a privilege to contribute to the mental wellbeing of New Zealanders, and to the flourishing of our diverse communities.

Speakers National Zero Suicide Forum 2017 - Dr David Covington

David Covington LPC, MBA

David Covington serves as CEO and President of RI International, is a partner in Behavioral Health Link, author of a healthcare innovations blogsite and leads the international initiatives “Crisis Now,” “Zero Suicide,” and “Peer 2.0.”

He is a two-time winner of the United States Council of State Governments Innovations Award, and an acclaimed global speaker having visited 35 countries, with TED-style Talks and conference Keynotes.

Previously he served as VP at Magellan Health and was responsible for the $750 million per year health plan contract with Arizona Medicaid and the Department of Health.

Please join David Covington and others for a discussion about suicide prevention, and cutting edge technology that is helping to change perspectives on suicide prevention and recovery. It is an important and timely discussion.

Speakers National Zero Suicide Forum 2017 - Fergus Cumiskey

Fergus Cumiskey

Fergus regards every suicide as preventable until the last moment of life. Fergus believes that if suicide is preventable then health care is responsible for the best possible suicide prevention continuity of care.

As Contact CEO, championing the zero suicide mindset means a commitment to culture change. Early career anti-sectarian activism informs his focus on dissolving myths that perpetuate pessimism on the preventability of suicide, mobilizing a social movement for just culture, driving patient safety through relentless care continuity improvement.

Fergus led Contact’s inaugural independent schools counselling initiative for all NI post-primary schools (2006-09); he pioneered the pilot 24/7 crisis helpline for North and West Belfast (2006-08) which evolved as Lifeline (2008-17), Northern Ireland’s crisis response suicide prevention helpline, funded under license by 4yr competitive tender contract cycles from the NI Public Health Agency (£3.5m budget – 50% of the annual NI Protect Life Suicide Prevention Strategy spend).

Fergus chaired the NI Trauma Recovery Network (2004-2012).