Mental Health Awareness Week Webinar

Registrations are now closed

We’ve now reached our Zoom Webinar capacity, but you’ll still be able to watch the webinar live on the Mental Health Foundation’s YouTube channel at 11 am on Tuesday 27 September.
A video recording of the webinar will also be made available. Register for regular email updates and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn to stay in the loop.

Tue 27th Sep 2022
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

This event is now closed

Tune into this free webinar to hear from some of the leading experts in the fields of workplace wellbeing, mental health, leadership coaching, and human resource management in Aotearoa New Zealand, including:  

  • Shaun Robinson, CEO of the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand 
  • Dr Dougal Sutherland, Clinical Psychologist and CEO of Umbrella Wellbeing  
  • Suzi McAlpine, Executive Coach and Author of Beyond Burnout  
  • Dr Jarrod Haar, Professor of Human Resource Management at AUT 

In the webinar, we’ll kōrero about: 

  • How reconnecting can help employers and employees in Aotearoa manage and mitigate the current challenges in the workplace, primarily high rates of burnout exacerbated by the ongoing effects of the pandemic 
  • How to facilitate meaningful reconnections in a hybrid, dispersed or fully remote workforce 

You’ll also have the opportunity to ask any questions during the Q&A part at the end 

Once you RSVP, you’ll receive an email with an enclosed Zoom calendar invite. If you can’t attend the webinar on the day, you’ll be able to watch it later as a recording on Mental Health Foundation's YouTube channel. Don’t forget to register for regular email updates and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn to stay in the loop. 

We look forward to seeing you there! 


Shaun Robinson 

Shaun is a father, partner, musician, gardener, sometimes surfer and organisational leader – he also lives with bipolar disorder. His professional passion is promoting a holistic response to mental health, particularly the things that people can do in their day to day lives to uplift their mental wellbeing - whether they are recovering from a time of mental distress, managing a long-term condition, or maintaining positive mental health. 

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 of children 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. 

Dr Dougal Sutherland 

Dougal has 3 kids, 2 dogs, and 1 wife. He’s a Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years’ experience and the CEO of Umbrella Wellbeing, a company that provides workplace psychology and wellbeing services. Dougal is also an Adjunct Teaching Fellow in the Clinical Psychology programme at Victoria University of Wellington. Dougal is passionate about helping make psychology accessible to as many people as possible and frequently speaks to the media on this topic. 

For the past 10 years Dougal and the team at Umbrella have worked extensively with organisations to help them support their people’s mental wellbeing. This mahi took on even more significance during and after the COVID-19 pandemic with many people losing contact with friends and loved ones or becoming isolated from colleagues as they started working from home. Dougal believes that it is crucial now more than ever to support people to reconnect with one another for the good of their mental, physical, social, and spiritual health. 

Suzi McAlpine  

Suzi is a leadership coach who specialises in leadership development, including executive coaching, leadership programmes for CEOs and executive leadership teams, and organisations throughout New Zealand. She is the author of the bestselling book, Beyond Burnout, which reached the top 10 non-fiction book sales in Aotearoa NewZealand - and is the author of the award-winning blog, The Leader’s Digest, which has been named in CMOE’s Top 100 Socially-Shared Leadership Blogs, Serve To Lead’s Best 21st Century Leadership Blogs, Charles Specht’s Top 50 Global Leadership Bloggers and Hubworks Global Top 25 Leadership and Management Blogs. 

She has been featured in the Sunday Star Times, ONE News, the Sunday programme, Radio New Zealand, the NZ Herald and Inc. Magazine. Suzi is also the creator of The Leader’s Map, a blended leadership programme for organisations wishing to equip their emerging leaders with the necessary leadership capabilities for success. 

She is based in Nelson, New Zealand. 

Dr Jarrod Haar 

Dr Jarrod Haar is a Professor of Human Resource Management at AUT and has Māori tribal affiliations of
Ngāti Maniapoto and Ngāti Mahuta. His research focuses on employees (including job burnout) and organisations (e.g., performance). He is a world-class ranked researcher (PBRF); has won industry and best-paper awards; and won multiple research grants (Marsden, FRST, Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga). His current grants include Health Research Council (wellbeing and the precariat), a National Science Challenge (Science for Technological Innovation), and Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (Māori and Work). He has over 450 refereed outputs, including 137 journal articles, and over 60 keynote and invited presentations. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand Te Apārangi. He is a frequent media commentator especially around job burnout and the great resignation.