Craig Hamilton

Travels from: New South Wales

Mental Health Advocate, Keynote Speaker and Author

Categories: Health & Lifestyle, Mindfulness & Mindset

Full Presenter Profile & Bio

Craig Hamilton is a much sought after Motivational Speaker, and shares his experiences of living with Bipolar Disorder. 

Craig started his career as a broadcaster with ABC Radio in 1994. Since then he has covered Rugby League, Rugby Union and Cricket at international level as a commentator.

Craig is probably best known as a member of the Grandstand Rugby League commentary and has worked Grand Finals, State of Origin series and a number of Test Matches.

In the year 2000, on the eve of the Sydney Olympic Games where Craig had been assigned to work as a broadcaster, he experienced a psychotic episode and was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. He spent 12 days in hospital and, since his recovery, has become one of Australia's most high profile speakers on Mental Health and Lifestyle.

In 2004 Random House released his highly acclaimed memoir ‘Broken Open’ which gives a very personal account of living with Bipolar Disorder. In July 2012, he released his second book ‘A Better Life’.

Craig is now an internationally sought after motivational speaker who tells what it's like to battle serious mental illness. His inspiring story offers hope and motivation to others.


Craig’s story is not uncommon, what is special about Craig is the unfiltered, transparent and heart felt way he shares his story. From the moment he began to talk the room was transfixed with genuine interest as they listened to his journey and how he has overcome adversity and continues to manage his health. Craig’s passion for mental health awareness and de-stigmatising the subject comes across strongly in an un-assuming way. Through his conversational style Craig is able to convey that is OK have a mental illness and seeking help is the best thing to do. Craig is a common person who provides a voice of hope for people out there who may be suffering. Thanks Craig, your speech was inspirational

Boeing Defence

I thought he was brilliant, it is a difficult subject to talk about in a public forum, and everyone will have their own story of how Mental Health issues have impacted them or their family, the more its talked about the more comfortable people become with talking with others which is a positive outcome for all involved.

CitiPower, Powercor and United Energy

Craig was a real gift to us. What a great and powerful speaker. He was wonderful, fantastic, educative, funny, I can't say enough. He spoke from his heart and the audience was riveted.

St Vincents Hospital

Craig spoke to our workforce of over 350 people and the feedback from our people has been exceptional. Craig's experience with mental illness provides a compelling story, and his willingness to share his experiences and advice has helped raise awareness and discussion on the subject by our employees, the majority of them men. We can't commend Craig highly enough for his honesty and insight into confronting, understanding and managing this illness and its complexities.

Ravensworth Surface Operations

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