Ingrid is founding director of Mental Health At Work (mh@work®) since 2000, one of the first living experience consultancies to commence workplace mental health, suicide prevention strategic initiatives, management, development, delivery and evaluation of skills training, via mh@works’s evidence based training, mentoring employers and employees to create compassionate, supportive and healthier work environments.
Over this time she has shared her life long history of mental health vulnerabilities, suicidality, recovery and caring for family members with similar experiences. She has contributed to mental health policy reform in Australia, research (with the research process in a coproduction approach) holding extensive board, advisory group membership, establishing and chairing many consumer groups. Recently a member of the Expert Advisory Group member advising the Prime Minister’s Suicide Prevention Adviser, Christine Morgan.
This gave rise to the seminal “Compassion First” report tabled in Parliament. In partnership with Suicide Prevention Australia and KPMG’s “Leading with Empathy” report were emotive projects amplifying voices of suicide ideators and attempt survivors.
Ingrid works with several universities, not for profit organisations, workplaces, consultancies and governments, embedding Living and Lived Experience perspectives, coproducing curricula, facilitation and delivery in practice and theory for internal staff and students in an effort to develop skilled clinical and non-clinical workforces and community.
Ingrid travels widely, speaking, chairing, moderating, and facilitating conferences workshops, focus groups. She has appeared widely in Australian media and radio.