Hear from Lyra as we discuss the importance of moving the world forward together for everyone to have access to quality mental health care.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) World Mental Health Day is to “raise awareness of mental health issues around the world” to empower efforts to support mental wellness collectively. Join Lyra for a fireside chat on World Mental Health Day as industry thought leaders, Alethea Varra, VP of Clinical Care at Lyra Health, and Andrew Davies, CEO of ICAS World, discuss how access and quality mental health care varies globally; as well as the importance of moving the world forward together for everyone to have access to the quality mental health care they need.
Vice President of Clinical Care,
Alethea Varra, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and vice president of clinical care for Lyra Health. She serves as the senior clinical leader for therapy programs and is responsible for driving overall clinical strategy and oversight of clinical quality and training. Alethea received a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and a doctorate degree in clinical psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno. She completed her internship training at VA Puget Sound Healthcare System and a research fellowship at the Mental Illness Research and Education Center (MIRECC) in Seattle. She has over 15 years of experience in mental health and clinical operations. Her focus is on health care innovation and program development, and she is passionate about improving access to evidenced-based mental health care, especially for underserved populations.
Andrew is currently the Group CEO of ICAS World – a global provider of Employee Assistance Programmes headquartered in the UK and now a Lyra Health Company. He also serves as a non-executive director on several multinational organizations including AXA Global Health – A global medical insurance business with offices in 59 countries. Andrew began his career as a clinical psychologist before moving into the management consulting and corporate wellbeing fields. He has over 25 years of experience in the EAP, risk management, and organizational health sectors. He is the former Vice-President of the SA Employee Assistance Professionals Association and has been recognized by the Global association for his outstanding contribution to the field. He has presented papers at conferences in more than 20 countries and remains active as a lecturer and guest speaker to a range of universities, community organizations, and professional groups. Andrew has a wealth of experience in working with global multinational organizations to help them understand and manage both personal and organizational risk.