It’s no secret that it’s been an incredibly tough couple of years for everyone. Not to put the blame squarely on the pandemic, but results just released from a National Study show just how big of an issue mental health is right now for Australians – and boy, do we have some work to do.
The 2020/21 National Study of Mental Health and Wellbeing shows that 43.7% of 16-85-year-olds have experienced a mental disorder during their life, while a mammoth 39.6% of 16–24-year-olds experienced mental disorder symptoms in the 12 months leading up to the survey. Loss of income, loneliness and a lack of connection have exacerbated a society-wide issue, and National Mental Health Month is your chance to make mental health a priority.
How can you help?
The best way to raise awareness of mental health issues is by encouraging conversation and promoting positive mental health initiatives. We have a number of experienced and passionate mental health motivational speakers ready to share their stories with your team and help drive genuine understanding and change in your workplace.
Here are just a few of the mental health speakers we can introduce you to:
Mark Bunn: Former AFL Footballer and best-selling author Mark Bunn tackles high stress, poor sleep, low motivation, negativity and lack of work-life balance in down-to-earth, highly entertaining style. Using a fascinating blend of Western science, ancient Eastern medicine and the secrets of the world’s healthiest and highest performing people, Mark shows audiences simple ways to supercharge their resilience, become more positive and look after themselves. Mark shares proven, timeless health wisdoms like earthing, circadian medicine and transcendence, productivity tips from Richard Branson, Tim Ferriss and Arianna Huffington and explains why things like epigenetics, gut health, happiness and having a higher purpose are so important. Read more about Mark here
Chelsea Pottenger: Chelsea Pottenger is a proud ambassador for R U OK? and Gidget Foundation Australia, and a leading authority on mental wellbeing. An accredited mindfulness and meditation coach, Chelsea is Australia’s poster girl for mental health and a dynamic motivational speaker. Her presentations take teams on an incredible journey, showing them how to build their resilience and maximise their potential. Chelsea ensures her audiences walk away with life-changing tools to help them become more successful and energised, fully invested in improving their own mental and physical wellbeing. Read more about Chelsea here.
Leanne Hall: Leanne Hall is an integrative psychologist, committed to guiding people on a journey of prevention, self-nurturance and sustainable health. A practising Clinical Psychologist, personal trainer, nutrition coach, published author and TV presenter, Leanne is passionate about all things health and wellbeing, sharing practical tips to help people take care of their minds and bodies. Combining positive psychology and mindfulness techniques, Leanne speaks on a wide range of health topics including beauty myths, women’s self-esteem, body image, relationships, parenting, teenage mental health, the foods you should pack in your children’s lunch boxes and how much exercise you need. Read more about Leanne here.
Kath Koschel: Over the course of five years, former professional cricketer and Iron Man competitor Kath Koschel broke her back twice, was told she would never walk again and lost the love of her life to suicide. Kath defied all medical prognoses by teaching herself to walk again, and believes that kindness played a huge part in her lengthy recovery. Kath went on to establish The Kindness Factory, a global not-for-profit organisation and movement inspiring ordinary people to do EXTRA ordinary things – a movement that has so far inspired more than 4 million acts of kindness. Kath’s story of adversity and resilience is powerful and uplifting, and her presentations inspire audiences worldwide to be the best versions of themselves. Read more about Kath here.
Amanda Johnstone: Amanda Johnstone is passionate about suicide intervention and prevention, having worked as an advisor for over 15 years to youth suicide prevention retreat ‘The Timeout House’ and the ‘Youth Suicide Action Group’. Her belief that technology has a significant role to play in increasing the health and wellbeing of the general population on a global scale was the driving force behind her Social Health Innovations company, Transhuman. It also led to the creation of her mental health app ‘Be A Looper’, which has helped prevent suicides in over 87 countries, and saw Amanda awarded one of TIME Magazine’s 10 Global Leaders under 35 in 2019. Amanda’s experience, determination, quick wit and compelling speaking style make her one of the most in-demand mental health speakers around. Read more about Amanda here.
Dr Michael Nagel: Dr Michael Nagel is an Associate Professor specialising in cognition, stress, human development, behaviour and learning. Nominated as Australian Lecturer of the Year every year since 2010, Michael has been a guest on ‘Sunrise’, ‘A Current Affair’, ‘The Project’ and New Zealand TV’s Breakfast program, and has authored 19 books. His powerful presentations unpack the neuroscience around the positive effects of mindfulness, while providing practical strategies to help audiences incorporate mindfulness into their lives. Read more about Michael here.
Emma Murray: As an accredited mindfulness and meditation teacher, NLP Master Practitioner and Clinical Hypnotherapist, Emma Murray is widely considered to be one of Australia’s master mindfulness and high-performance mind coaches. Emma’s strategies, exercises and daily practices are fast and effective methods to attain and maintain awareness, improved emotional regulation and enhanced focus. Her presentations show people how to feel re-energised, connected to their passions, confident and valuable, replacing struggle with calmness, optimism, acceptance and worthiness. Read more about Emma here.
Jackie Furey: A university-trained psychotherapist, Jackie Furey specialises in empowering people to bring out the best in themselves and the people around them in love, life and work. Jackie makes regular radio and tv appearances, and in the past eight years has spoken in over thirty major cities around the world. Renowned for her thought-provoking, dynamic and entertaining presentations, Jackie is passionate about showing people how they can have more of a say in how their life works, to know who they are and to take what they want and need. Read more about Jackie here.
With Mental Health Month just 4 weeks away, it’s time to lock in a mental health motivational speaker to talk to your team. Our wonderful experts, including Amanda Johnstone, Mark Bunn, Chelsea Pottenger, Kath Koschel, Leanne Hall, Dr Michael Nagel, Emma Murray and Jackie Furey, are all dynamic and inspiring speakers guaranteed to ignite positive mental health conversations. If you’d like us to introduce you, simply get in touch with us for a chat.