Track Speakers
Ms Gina Anindyajati
Psychiatrist, Indonesian Early Career Psychiatrist-Indonesian Psychiatrist Association, Indonesia

Gina Anindyajati is an early career psychiatrist. She works in a tertiary/academic hospital and actively engages in community activities. She joined the Indonesian Early Career Psychiatrist in 2017 and was able to arrange several events, including the latest symposium about voting right for people with mental illness in Indonesia.

Ms Sal Anderson
Reader, Interdisciplinary Science-Art Film, University of the Arts London, United Kingdom

Science-trained writer/director Sal Anderson has won international film awards for fiction and documentary films. International film festival screenings include the Chicago, Toronto and Melbourne international film festivals; the British Council’s Best Shorts screened at the Cannes International Film Festival and a nomination for the UIP prize at the Rotterdam International Film Festival. Neuropsychology and psychiatry research into the cinematic representation of medical conditions has resulted in film investigations into subjects including: epilepsy, visual agnosia and psychosis, and the therapeutic role of art in medicine. Funding for films include French and British television and three Wellcome Trust Arts Awards.

Dr Andy Ang
Psychiatrist (GP-Liaison), Community Psychiatry, Flourish Australia, Australia

A psychiatrist working in a multi-disciplinary team, supporting GPs. Completed medicine and psychiatry training in Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne. Started his junior doctor career in Singapore and subsequently returned to Australia to complete his psychiatry training. He is currently a community psychiatrist practising in Sydney, incorporating psychiatry in GP practices. In his private practice, he sees young people and has an interest in psychotherapy. His passion is in collaborating with GPs to improve the life of people who suffer from mental health problems.

Dr Pradeep Banandur
Additional Professor, Epidemiology and Centre for Public Health, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, India

Dr Pradeep Banandur has MD in Community Medicine, Epidemiology, and Global Health. He is a full-time faculty as Additional Professor at NIMHANS since 2013. He is a recipient of the prestigious Fogarty International Fellowship during the year 2009. He has been involved in various capacities from field coordinator, project coordinator, Sub-investigator, to Principal Investigator for various mental health programmes. Currently, he is leading two state-wide large scale youth mental health promotion programmes namely ‘Yuva Spandana’ and ‘Life Skills training and Counselling Services Program’ in Karnataka, a South Indian state.

Dr Ioannis Bakolis
Lecturer, Biostatistics and Health Informatics / Health Service and Population Research, King’s College London, United Kingdom

Ioannis is interested in how the urban environment affects the epidemiology of chronic diseases and common mental disorders. Ioannis’ work also extends to how to best implement and evaluate strategies for improving mental health services in the UK and worldwide. His methodological work involves exploring quasi-experimental designs for evaluating population health interventions and Bayesian methods for spatio-temporal data. Along with his research work, Ioannis has given more than fifteen invited talks at academic departments and conferences worldwide and has organised short courses at Imperial College London, Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (USA) and King’s College London.

Ms Nawira Baig
Peer Support Specialist, Institute of Mental Health, Singapore

Nawira Baig is a peer support specialist with Slow Stream Rehabilitation at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH). She is driven by her purpose ‘to heal and help heal’. Having experienced mental health challenges, Nawira hopes to inspire and empower others in their healing. She believes that it is possible to thrive, and not just survive, with a mental health condition. Nawira advocates ‘recovery for all’ — individuals, communities, organisations, and nations. She is Board Director with the International Association of Peer Supporters (iNAPS), and is on the International and Youth and Young Adults committees. She also leads the Publicity & Communications function of the Community of Peer Support Specialists (CPSS) in Singapore. Nawira is also a mental health advocate, volunteer and writer. Her areas of interest are trauma, gender and culturally informed practice, support and services. Nawira has a background in media and communications, and is a fellow with the Coalition for Women in Journalism.

Ms Rebecca Bogaers
Tranzo, Scientific Center for Care and Welfare, Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Tilburg University, The Netherlands

After completing my bachelor’s degree in social psychology in 2016 and my research master’s degree in social and behavioural sciences in 2018, I started a PhD position at Tilburg University. During this PhD position I work together with the Dutch military. I examine the role social stigma plays as a barrier for health, well-being and sustainable employability of military personnel with mental health and/or substance abuse problems. This is done by examining the role social stigma plays in (1) the decision to seek treatment and (2) the decision to disclose in the workplace.

Ms Prama Bhattacharya
Research Scholar, Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute Of Technology Kanpur, India

A practicing clinical psychologist pursuing research in the area of social and community psychology. Research interest consists of Clinical Psychology, Health Psychology, Community Psychology, and Qualitative Research.

Dr Debanjan Banerjee
Post-doctoral Senior Resident, Psychiatry. National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, India

Dr Debanjan Banerjee has completed his post-graduation in Psychiatry from NIMHANS, Bangalore. Thereafter he has worked in the same institute in Schizophrenia research, peri-natal psychiatry and general adult psychiatry. From 2018 onwards he has been doing post-doctoral DM degree in Geriatric Psychiatry at NIMHANS itself. His research interests are in peri-natal, old-age psychiatry, social psychiatry and qualitative research. He is also a fellow of Indian Psychiatric Society, Indian Association of Social Psychiatry and Indian association of Geriatric Mental Health. He is an editor of several non-academic regional magazines and plays, photography are his other hobbies.

Ms Jem Bhatt
PhD Candidate, Research Department of Clinical Educational and Health Psychology, University College London, United Kingdom

I am a PhD candidate at the Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, University College London. I use a mixed methods approach to conduct psychosocial dementia research. I am currently working on the “Who to tell, how and when?” project exploring how we can better support people living with dementia through the impact of stigma on disclosure decision-making.

Dr Evelien Brouwers
Senior Researcher, Tranzo, Tilburg School of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Tilburg University, The Netherlands

Evelien Brouwers (PhD) is a senior researcher at Tilburg University (The Netherlands). Her research focuses on psychosocial factors that hamper or facilitate work participation of people with mental health problems (including addiction). One of her main areas of interest is social stigma in the work environment as a barrier to sustainable employability. She currently supervises five large research projects in this area, and organizes knowledge exchange events on how to decrease workplace stigma and discrimination. She is chair of the Dutch working group Stigma and Work, including a variety of organisations, e.g. the National Police Force and the Dutch Military

Ms Noor Baizura
Board Member, Fundraising, Club HEAL, Singapore

It all started for me as a teenager with bipolar disorder, eventually becoming a corporate trainer to teach in hospitals and teaching medical professionals how to communicate with patients as a mental health advocate. I was invited as a keynote speaker by Tan Tock Seng Hospital in 2017 to share how volunteering helps in me better mastering my health condition while helping others learning to cope. I have raised funds for Club Heal via Art Auctions and sale of my paintings and paintings of peers with Mdm Halimah Yacob as our guest of honour. I hope to do more as years go by.

Ms Andrea Chan
Head, Youth Intervention, TOUCH Community Services, Singapore

Ms Andrea Chan heads the TOUCH Youth Intervention team at TOUCH Community Services. Andrea and her team take on cases with a range of issues such as cyber addiction and mental health. She currently engages at-risk youths and provides therapy for youths with cyber addiction. Andrea is passionate about making a difference in the lives of people and tapping on the strengths of each individual to enable them to reach their full potential. She has a Masters in Counselling Psychology and is a Professional Member of the American Counselling Association.

Ms Rosie Ching
Senior Lecturer of Statistics, School of Economics, Singapore Management University, Singapore

Rosie Ching effectively uses interactive hands-on experiments, games, videos, current affairs and history to demystify statistics, engage and deepen students’ learning. A true inspiration to many, Rosie is extremely dedicated and caring in her students’ cognitive and affective development. In 2015, Rosie won the Wharton-Quacquarelli Symonds Global Bronze for her original game on the Customer Service Index. She was also the first on the SMU Honour Roll, for winning four Teaching Excellence Awards. Her nationwide statistical studies in Singapore include the End-Of-Life Index with Direct Funeral, breast cancer screening with Parkway Cancer, and Toilet Cleanliness Index with the World Toilet Organisation.

Ms Chan Lay Lin
Principal Medical Social Worker, Institute of Mental Health, Singapore

Lay Lin is a Principal Medical Social Worker with the Institute of Mental Health, Singapore. She graduated with master degrees in Social Work with the National University of Singapore and in Family and Systemic Psychotherapy with Middlesex University. Lay Lin has served in National University Hospital, National Cancer Centre, and TRANS Family Service Centres, specialising in psychosocial oncology, palliative care, family violence and family therapy. At IMH, Lay Lin conducts family therapy and complex family casework. She is the Education and Research Lead in the Medical Social Work Department.

Mr Chia Xun An
Founder, Black Box Projects, Singapore

A current student at the University of Newcastle, Xun An brings to the table as a youth mental health advocate his own personal lived experience with mental health issues for the past 15 years since childhood. As the founder of Black Box Projects, an aspiring social enterprise with a focus on youth mental health advocacy, Xun An has shared his personal views on the topics of advocacy against stigma, illness management and personal resilience to a wide audience including schools and the media. A budding illustrator, Xun An was most recently engaged to create IMH’s 90th anniversary staff giftset.

Ms Jolene Chiang
Art Psychotherapist (in training), LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore

I have 8 years working experience in the social/community sector spanning across Cambodia, Thailand and Singapore. My experience covers healthcare, education and community projects with a wide population of low-income families, families of the incarcerated, youth at risk, individuals living with mental illness (youths and adults), and senior citizens.

Ms Chan Wing Yan
Assistant Manager, Research and Strategy Development, National Council of Social Service, Singapore

The Research and Strategy Development at the National Council of Social Service conducts research across the social service sector to make sense of social issues and implements strategies to develop impactful solutions.

Dr Chon Myong-wuk
Attending Psychiatrist, Department of Mood Disorders, National Center for Mental Health, South Korea

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Ms Choo Kah Ying
Founder, A Mother’s Wish, Singapore

Formerly an academic research writer in Los Angeles, Ms Choo Kah Ying is a writer/editor, educator, and advocate. Inspired by life experiences, she has published three books: All Because of the Hummingbird… Or the Horse, Raising Sebastien: Realising the Potential of Your Autistic Child, and Five Little White Pills… And Then There Were None: A Journey from Manic Depression to Recovery. In addition, Ms. Choo conducts talks and consultations on special education, manic depression, and mental wellness. In establishing A Mother’s Wish, a social enterprise (www.amotherswish.com.sg), Ms. Choo hopes to support families struggling to raise loved ones with autism.