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A Mental Health Speaker Who Connects

Solome knows a lot about anxiety and facing one’s fears to make a difference. She grappled with a severe anxiety disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) as a teenager, struggling to find an outlet to connect with other teens and gain education about her conditions. That’s when, in 2006 as a 16-year-old, she started AnxietyInTeens.org, the first online mental health resource for youth. Through the power of expressive writing, young adults across the country share their perspectives with lived experience of mental health disorders with other teens, college students and families today.

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Recognized Innovator in Mental Health Technology

Through her work in developing innovative behavioral health technologies, Solome was recognized with the Pentair Entrepreneurship Award and serves as a trusted advisor to organizations aimed at evolving mental health care delivery and technology.  Solome served as the first Ashoka YouthVenture Entrepreneur-In-Residence and continues to mentor young social entrepreneurs in healthcare and technology. She is passionate about advancing mental health initiatives as well as supporting women and minority entrepreneurs through Black Tech Women, VINAJ and SoGal Ventures Foundation.

Solome is the recipient of the SAMHSA National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health Youth MOVE National Dare to Dream Award (Washington, D.C.), the Minnesota Association of Children’s Mental Health 2010 Outstanding Service Award (Minneapolis, MN), the Margaret Clark Morgan Mental Health Scholar Award (Cleveland, OH), GSCU Dr. Martha L. Colvin Docent (Atlanta, GA), and was selected as 1 of 20 young social entrepreneurs to represent the United States internationally at the G20 Summit Young Entrepreneurs Alliance.

Youth Social Entrepreneurship

While a full-time undergraduate college student, Solome developed patent-pending Cognific®, a mental health homework application for patients and analytics platform for healthcare providers. Solome built a team of engineers and clinicians, managed product development, secured angel funding and deployed the technology across multiple clinical pilots. In her lectures, Solome shares insights about her journey as a young entrepreneur developing solutions for important problems while struggling with the very challenges these solutions address.

As an individual living with anxiety and OCD, Solome Tibebu speaks and facilitates sessions to inspire audiences to understand the role of mental health in the workplace. In an encouraging yet practical format, Solome addresses the role of stigma at work and how employers and employees can overcome the most common workplace mental health barriers together. Through personal story-telling and group discussion, Solome will cover topics such as self-disclosure, the role of technology and culture on workplace mental health, and access to evidence-based resources. Attendees will gain actionable insights for how to address mental health stigma and communication issues around mental health and learn strategies for creating an equitable environment for inclusion, allowing all individuals to bring their full selves to work.
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Speaking Topics

For Employers

  • Mental Health At Work: What To Say And What To Do
  • What's On The Frontier of Mental Health Innovation

For Associations

  • Why We Need Innovation in Mental Health Tech

For Schools & Universities

  • Campus Mental Health 101 & 102: Successful Self-Care and Advocacy on Campus
  • The Power of the Youth Social Entrepreneur
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