Mental Health Week

7-15 October

Mental Health Week is about challenging ourselves to see mental illness in a more positive light, breaking down the barriers that can hold us back from having important conversations about our mental wellbeing.

From first-hand experiences with mental illness to expertise in psychology and mindfulness, these speakers can open up the dialogue in your workplace with warmth, compassion, and a touch of humour.

More information and resources about Mental Health Week are available here.


  • Dr Jodi Richardson

    Dr Jodi Richardson

    Dr Jodi Richardson knows that at the heart of professional success and personal fulfilment is how we think and what we do. An educational leader, Jodi supports professionals and parents […]

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  • Rick Morton

    Rick Morton

    Rick Morton is an award-winning journalist and author. His debut memoir One Hundred Years of Dirt became a national bestseller when it was released in 2018. He has also authored […]

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  • Sarah Wilson

    Sarah Wilson

    Sarah Wilson is a multi-New York Times and Amazon best-selling author, podcaster, international keynote speaker, philanthropist and climate change advisor. Sarah is known globally for founding the I Quit Sugar movement […]

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  • Joanne Orlando

    Dr Joanne Orlando

    Dr Joanne Orlando resets our digital habits to feel more present and back in control with technology at work, home and relationships. Dr Jo’s internationally acclaimed book Life Mode On released […]

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  • Jane Elms

    Jane Elms

    The modern world is full of stressful complexities which often seem overwhelming and contribute to stress and anxiety. With over 30 years in training and education, psychotherapy, counselling and mentoring, […]

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  • Jill Stark

    Jill Stark

    With a passion for equality, social justice and mental health, Jill Stark is fascinated by the complexity of the human experience and has a unique ability to bring the issues […]

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  • Maggie Hamilton

    Writer and social researcher Maggie Hamilton gives frequent talks and lectures; is a regular media commentator and a keen observer of social trends. She has held a number of senior roles […]

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  • Sally Goldner

    Sally Goldner AM

    Sally Goldner AM has been involved in Victoria’s queer communities for over twenty years. This includes as a founding member of Transgender Victoria, Treasurer of Transfamily, Treasurer of Bisexual Alliance […]

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  • Ruth Clare

    Ruth Clare

    Ruth Clare is a Melbourne-based author and speaker. Her memoir Enemy: A Daughter’s Story of How Her Father Brought the Vietnam War Home is about growing up with a violent […]

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  • Peter Charleston

    Peter Charleston

    Peter Charleston is a counselling and coaching psychologist and an expert in blending professional and personal development. Peter has been a Psychologist and psychotherapist for 25 years and runs his […]

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  • David Roland

    David Roland

    Dr David Roland is a writer, speaker and psychologist. He worked as a clinical and forensic psychologist for more than twenty years before focussing on writing and speaking. He is […]

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  • Esther Mackay

    Esther McKay

    Esther Mckay is a retired forensic investigator, bestselling author and social justice campaigner. She is a passionate and long-standing mental health advocate dedicated to raising awareness and reducing the stigma […]

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  • Phil Barker

    Phil Barker

    Phil Barker is the author of The Revolution of Man, a manifesto for a new masculinity, a manhood that is positive, healthy and safe. As a regular commentator and columnist […]

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  • Sally Morris

    Sally Morris

    Sally Morris is on a mission to prevent suicide and improve the mental health of LGBTIQ people and communities. With an academic and professional background in human services, Sally has […]

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  • Mariam Issa

    Mariam Issa

    Speaker, author, storyteller, community builder. At age 30, Mariam Issa moved to a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, from her Somali homeland with her husband, four children and a fifth on […]

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  • Justin Heazelwood

    Justin Heazlewood

    Justin Heazlewood is an award-winning triple-threat of writer, musician & comedian. As The Bedroom Philosopher he has appeared on Triple J & ABC TV, releasing three albums including the ARIA-nominated […]

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  • Damon Young

    Damon Young

    Damon is a philosopher and writer. He is the author/editor of twelve books, including The Art of Reading, How to Think About Exercise, Philosophy in the Garden, and Distraction. Damon’s […]

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  • Luke S Kennedy

    Luke S. Kennedy

    Luke S. Kennedy is one of Australia’s most sought after Speaker for Primary Schools, High Schools, Staff PDs, Community & Parent events, Corporate sessions, and prisons. Through his unique approach, […]

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  • Nazeem Hussain

    Nazeem Hussain has fast become one of the biggest stars of Australian comedy, and a much loved television and radio personality. Nazeem’s Netflix special Nazeem Hussain: Public Frenemy, filmed in […]

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