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Chris Underhill

Chris Underhill is a leading exponent on global mental health practice, a social entrepreneur, a trainer in community-based facilitation technique, conference speaker and mentor. He is the co-founder of the Elders Council for Social Entrepreneurs and citiesRISE as well as being the founder of BasicNeeds, Action on Disability and Development, and Thrive. Is on the Global Board of Leaders Quest and Chair of Carers Worldwide. He is a Senior Fellow with the Ashoka Fellowship, a recipient of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur. In 2000, Chris was made an MBE for his services to disability and development by HRH the Queen. He is currently co-founding the Elders Council for Social Entrepreneurs which is working on the succession of older social entrepreneurs and the contribution that they can make to those starting out.

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citiesRISE is a global platform committed to improving mental health and well-being in communities by connecting leading mental health experts, practitioners and community members. citiesRISE is concerned with the lack of mental health systems in urban areas and the possibility of reducing youth suicide, with the challenge of reaching 1 billion young people by 2030.