Screening for Mental Health Names Candice Porter Executive Director
New Online Screening Platform Launches
Boston, MA — September 30, 2014 — Screening for Mental Health Inc. (SMH), the pioneer in large-scale mental health screenings for the public, today announced that is has named Candice Porter to Executive Director.
Ms. Porter will be responsible for the strategic direction of the organization and oversight of program development, technology, marketing and communications, development and financial growth, and operations.
“Candice’s strategic vision for Screening for Mental Health’s future combined with her passion to reduce mental health stigma and connect those in need to treatment resources made her the natural choice for Executive Director,” said Douglas Jacobs, MD, founder and medical director, Screening for Mental Health. “Under her leadership, I know Screening for Mental Health will continue to expand and provide innovative ways for people to receive vital mental health information and education.”
One of Ms. Porter’s passion projects was leading the development of a modern online screening platform. The new platform, which launched September 1, has a mobile-friendly design allowing people to access mental health screenings and information from any device. In addition, it provides clients with increased customization and advanced reporting features that help evaluate the effectiveness of promotional efforts.
Ms. Porter began her tenure at Screening for Mental Health as Youth Programs Manager. Her expertise in developing strategic relationships led to her promotion to Director of External Relations. In this new role, she worked to expand the organization’s national presence. In 2013, after a transition in leadership, she stepped in to the role of Interim Executive Director and now has moved into the position permanently.
Previously, Ms. Porter worked for the Devereux Foundation in both Philadelphia and Rutland, MA as a therapist. She is a licensed independent clinical social worker and has more than a decade of experience working in public and private settings.
About Screening for Mental Health
Screening for Mental Health, Inc. (SMH), the pioneer of large-scale mental health screening for the public, provides innovative mental health and substance abuse resources, linking those in need with quality treatment options. SMH programs, offered online and in-person, educate, raise awareness, and screen individuals for common mental health disorders and suicide. Thousands of organizations worldwide including hospitals, military installations, colleges, secondary schools, and corporations utilize our educational and screening programs, and in turn, have reached millions of people ranging from teenagers to adults.