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Prof. Jude Ediae

Jude Ediae Jude is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Global Youth Mental Health Awareness (GYMHA), Certify Mental Health Practitioner, Award-winning Entrepreneur, Leadership Expert, and International Speaker. Jude has more than 27 years’ experience in leadership and over 10 years in mental health. He specializes in delivering global mental health events, telephone and online counseling, seminars, and workshops to organizations and communities focused in building compassionate global communities and workplaces that have practical resources to assist with understanding the impacts of youth mental health and wellbeing, gender balance, drugs and alcohol issues in their staff, members and communities as well as providing linkages to appropriate support. Over the past months, Jude has successfully hosted and participated in Global youth mental health events in Australia, Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Zimbabwe impacting thousands of youths to make a positive difference in their communities. As an international speaker and a well-known advocate amongst many other things, Jude also works with organizations and multicultural communities to harness the strength of cultural diversity with practical insights and tools on becoming more culturally inclusive. As other global change-makers and visionary leaders, Jude wears many hats. Some of his experience includes Founder and CEO of GYMHA, Owner and Managing Director of JOBHIB International Enterprises, Member of Royal Society of Victoria, Member of the UN Association of Australia, Member of Australian and New Zealand Mental health Association, and World Federation of Mental Health, Alumni of Leadership Victoria, Former Ethnic Communities of Victoria Board of Director, Former Regional adviser for the Victoria Multicultural Commission (VMC).

Carolina Modesto
Deputy Chairperson

Bio and personal statement: As a passionate professional with five years coordinating programs in education and international development, I believe that I can contribute to the Global Youth Mental Health Awareness (GYMHA) relevant work of increasing awareness and supporting our young people dealing with mental health issues. Born and raised in Brazil, I witnessed firsthand the effects of multidimensional poverty and inequality in my own suburb. As a result, social injustice has never rested easy with me. So, working with communities experiencing disadvantage - at home and abroad - became my purpose. Having studied a master's degree in Development Studies from the University of Melbourne with an Endeavour Scholarship from the Australian Government opened up new horizons and provided me with analytical skills to be able to understand systemic issues, including poverty, health issues and educational disadvantage. I also completed an internship at the Australian Red Cross, in Melbourne, where I was exposed to humanitarian response programs. After completing my master's degree, I joined Teach For Australia (TFA), an educational not-for-profit part of a global movement called Teach For All, which is dedicated to addressing educational disadvantage. As the Recruitment and Advocacy Manager, I manage the QLD and ACT portfolios to attract, select and engage highcalibre candidates from diverse backgrounds to join the Leadership Development Program. I understand that these skills will be valuable to work with the GYMHA team of managing multi-country partnerships and initiatives in mental health.

Anthony Neale
Chairperson, Governance

Personal statement: I bring to the Board my passion for Wellbeing, integrity and past Board roles of experience My current position is CEO of Wellbeing Health Retreats since 2012 where I design Wellbeing programs for organisations and individuals. I have recently partnered with ZinZino. I also work part time for Pentana who are a software company servicing the car industry as a developer consultant. I am currently serving on the Virtues Project International Project for 5 years as the Governance Chair and previous role as a strategic advisor. In the past I have served as a Board member for the Project Mgt Institute Melbourne Chapter as Volunteer Director, and Virtues Companions Inc as secretary for 4 years. I have had 35 years experience in the corporate sector as a Project Manager and IT consultant.

Tahlya Searle

Personal statement: I was present at the GYMHA launch in 2019 and instantly felt aligned with the mission to raise awareness for youth mental health on a global scale. I was present at the launch due to researching for local youth resources, as at the time I was mentoring for an in-schools program at Cranbourne Secondary College. I was happy to find that GYMHA was both local and international and that the organisation recognised how prevalent youth issues were regardless of culture, religion or race. I joined as a financial member in 2020 after being diagnosed with a mild form of PTSD and finding a path to recovery. I believe I could make a valued contribution as a GYMHA board member to continue raising awareness for mental health and reducing the stigma surrounding it. I know from personal experience that recovery is possible with the right knowledge and support systems in place, and I want to support GYMHA in continuing to provide this to our young global community.

Maurice C Ugochukwu

Profile: I am Maurice C Ugochukwu, I’m passionate about rediscovering restoring and dignifying the beauty of human being, I’m a charismatic leader, speaker, entrepreneur, and a philosopher, graduated from the Prestigious Madonna University Okija Anambra Sate, Nigeria. Where I served in various leadership capacities. I was the President of the National Association of Philosophy Students Madonna university (NAPS), 2016 – 2018 , Chairperson, Our Lady Mother of Jesus the Savior Chaplaincy (Madonna university Ojika Campus), 2017 – 2018. As a result of my unique leadership skills, upon graduation i was offered the position to serve as the Male Sub Dean of Students Affairs Madonna university Okija Campus, 2018 – 2019. Being a highly service oriented individual passionate about dignifying humanity, i volunteered as an activist for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Yenegoa Bayelsa State, and served as the Coordinator NYSC (SDGs) Community Development Service. I was an intern at International Model United Nations, and currently, I’m an Ambassador for Peace, a Volunteer, Member and Ambassador at Global Youth Mental Health Awareness Ltd. (GYMHA), Australia.

Toli Papadopoulos
Public Officer

Bio and personal statement: As a Master of Journalism graduate, I am passionate about communications and community development and currently work for Environment Protection Authority as a Corporate Communications Officer. One of my passions is mental health issues, having been personally affected by anxiety for a number of years. I have since devoted extensive time to understanding how to better treat anxiety and depression by reading personal development books such as the Power of Now (which focuses on meditation and the power of mindfulness), Martin Seligman’s Flourish (which focuses on the power of optimism) and Dancing with Life (which focuses on finding meaning in suffering). GYMHA’s mission to empower resonates with me as I want to empower others to be the very best version of themselves. I have also worked as a community reporter in Tasmania in 2016 (The Examiner), reporting on anti-depressant over-usage in the local community of Launceston, as well as developing a survey on how to manage stress in the workplace as a Digital Producer for the online news website The New Daily in 2015. I have volunteered for AMES Australia in early 2019, which provides English training, community engagement and support for migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. It was here I mentored a young engineer about C.V writing and adapting to the Australian workplace to help him find employment as a local engineer in Melbourne. Further information on my skills and background is available on my LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/toli-papadopoulos/

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