As we head into June, public interest & conversation on the topic of Men's mental health peaks with Men's Health Week starting on Monday, 14 June. This week provides an opportunity to spark important conversations, increase awareness and reduce stigma around Men's health and provide teams and individuals with strategies to cope with the ongoing impact of the pandemic on wellbeing.
We've selected a list of exceptional Australians who specialize in Men's Mental Health and well-being on a professional level, as well as some who have a lived experience overcoming adversity. These Speakers will ignite conversations and drive real positive change in your school, organization, and personal life.
Hunter leads The Man Cave, an emotional intelligence charity that has impacted the lives of 20,000 young men across Australia and is also the CEO of STUFF™, a men's personal care brand that champions healthy masculinity. He also works as an Advisor to The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust (QCT), a charity supporting young people throughout the Commonwealth alongside Prince Harry, the President of QCT.
Hunter's work has led him to present around the world and be recognized as a Finalist for the 2020 Young Australian of the Year Awards (VIC), listed as one of Harper's Bazaar's "Visionary Men of 2019", named a 2018 Queen's Young Leader by Her Majesty The Queen, and 2018 Winner of the EY Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
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In light of our current state of crisis, Michael has created a 60-minute webinar designed specifically to help employees manage their wellbeing in the Coronavirus Era. Even before the coronavirus transformed the educational landscape, almost overnight, over 20% of workers suffered from a mental health problem. Uncertainty, increased family time, isolation, and financial hardship may exacerbate these problems. Michael's 45-minute webinar (+15 minutes of questions) is especially targeted at companies that are concerned about their staff and aims to provide them with the skills, knowledge, and strategies to manage their own wellbeing during this challenging time.
Nasir was born into one of few Iranian families living in Japan at the time before moving with his family to Canada as a child. Later in life he struggled and overcame drug addiction, finding sobriety through his supportive family and friends. He pursued his true passion for barbering and has achieved a name for himself in the barbering community. Nasir’s compassion and dedication to human touch all who encounter him. His mission to help those feel great about themselves and inspire a clean start is nothing short of impressive.
In his presentation, Nick candidly recounts the mental health he's faced since childhood, including a particularly difficult period when injury forced an early end to his dream career as a professional athlete.
Nick’s message has been delivered to some of the world’s largest employers, government organizations, schools, and universities as well as many charitable organizations, such as Beyond Blue, Movember, and Headspace. Nick has helped to launch mental health-related programs and technology solutions in a tireless campaign for better mental health conditions in Australia and around the world.
Joel believes that mental health can be strongly influenced by the quality of our diets and that dietitians play a pivotal role in the treatment of people living with poor mental health, yet the importance of dietary interventions remains under-recognized. Prioritizing measures to improve men’s mental health outcomes is critical and the encouraging news is we can do this one bite at a time.
He is the founder & CEO of Heart On My Sleeve, one of the fastest-growing mental health organizations and worldwide social movements, and has experienced a lifetime battling a multitude of mental health issues and has a deep first-hand understanding of suffering. Mitch also has a Master’s degree in Psychology from Columbia University in New York, and a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Sydney. He has studied under Harvard Psychologists, is an accredited Mental Health First Aid Officer & a volunteer at Lifeline.
In the early days of this crisis, Mitch delivered the webinar, Coping with COVID, to thousands of people online empowering them with practical tools and tips on how to support themselves and others through times of uncertainty.
Matt now works with corporate and government clients to deliver practical, effective health and wellness programs to their organizations. These programs incorporate lessons from his years spent performing at an elite level along with knowledge from the team of expert sports psychologists, nutritionists, and trainers that made up his team.
Osher creates powerful conversations surrounding addiction, mental health, and wellbeing by sharing his personal story against the backdrop of his extensive and successful media career.
He shares details of how he navigated his own mental health and has impactful discussions that aim to make each day better than the last by promoting healthy conversations.
Norman Swan hosts The Health Report on the ABC’s Radio National, a regular panellist on The Drum and a guest reporter on Four Corners on ABC Television. The Health Report is the world’s longest-running health programme in the English-speaking world and Norman has won many awards for his work including Australia’s top prize for journalism, the Gold Walkley.
Shane Jacobson's memorable and extraordinary life is told through his best-selling book ‘The Long Road to Overnight Success’.
A beloved actor, director, writer, and comedian, Shane's sense of humour is just as pertinent on and off-screen.
Jason Ball is the 2017 Young Australian of the Year for Victoria, best known as the pioneering LGBTQI+ advocate who in 2012 became the first male Aussie Rules footballer at any level of the game to publicly come out as gay in the national media.
Since taking that stand, Jason has become a national figurehead on combating homophobia in sport and highlighting the damaging impact of discrimination on the mental health and well-being of the LGBTQI+ community.
Few people have the drive and dedication of Mitch McPherson. When his younger brother Ty took his own life in 2013, Mitch, a glazier by trade, turned the devastating loss into the successful suicide prevention charity SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY. It is this phenomenal work which lead to his being awarded Tasmania's Young Australian of the Year in 2017.
Since then, Mitch has spoken to over 600 events which include school groups, workplaces and sporting clubs and is dedicated to spreading the message that nothing is so bad that you can’t talk about it.
Since retiring from the AFL in 2002, Wayne has established himself as a passionate advocate for mental health awareness. In 2006, Wayne founded the ‘Sunrise Foundation’, an organisation focused on delivering preventative education programs to secondary school students, after becoming one of the first AFL players to speak openly about his experience with depression.
Wayne now runs Puka Up, a social enterprise focusing on mental health, emotional wellbeing and, importantly, suicide prevention.
As the founder of The Good Place, Ray teaches mental fitness, high performance, and mindfulness grounded in neuroscience and positive psychology to help individuals, teams, and organizations fight stress, think better, and perform at their peak.
Ray is on a mission to create a more mindful world and help fight the global mental health crisis by educating and empowering others to look after their most valuable resource - their minds
During the COVID-19 crisis, Ray has helped many of Australia’s biggest companies look after their team’s mental wellbeing and navigate the current work climate through his virtual workshops and keynotes.
Todd has been Men’s Health Magazines’ Fitness Director since 2018, He is an integral part of the health and fitness space in the media amongst the Australian community. As the fitness director for Men’s Health, which has more than 2 million touchpoints, Todd has led fitness initiatives that have broken down the barriers to health and fitness for the Men’s Health audience. Todd is the brand’s go-to fitness resource, spearheading fitness content across video, print, and digital, and will appear at Men’s Health events.
Todd has worked at an elite level training the likes of The Wallabies, NZ Rugby League team, Aussie 7s, and a number of high-profile personalities. He has an innate ability to connect with people from all levels of fitness and mindset traversing age and background. He’s formulated programs for a number of corporates including Westpac, Unmind (UK), Toyota, and Porsche.
This is something he had dreamed of as a kid and his peers aspired to be. However, after reaching this milestone when he was selected by the GWS Giants in the 2013 Draft at the tender age of 18, Tom realized in the very early days of his time in Sydney, that this career may not be what it had seemed.
Tom shares his inspirational journey, highlighting his mental health battles and how he identifies and manages them on a daily basis. Still, at the age of 25, Tom speaks with wisdom beyond his years and translates to listeners across all demographics.
Luc's inherent curiosity and courage led him to blaze the trail for elite Australian basketballers becoming the first Australian to play in the NBA. He also represented Australia in three Olympic Teams including at the 1988 Seoul Olympics which delivered Australia's best result for the Men's Team.
Luc joined the Chicago Bulls in 1994 and was their starting centre from 1995 to 1998. He was a critical component in their famous three-peat, winning back-to-back championships from 1996-1998 and setting an NBA record with 72 wins and only 10 losses. Luc was coached and mentored by the legendary Phil Jackson and played alongside some of basketball's most iconic players including Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Toni Kukoc, and Steve Kerr. The Team, and this incredible accomplishment, were the subjects of the 2020 Netflix & ESPN Documentary, The Last Dance.
Following the Bull's 1998 victory Luc was traded to the Phoenix Suns and then the New York Knicks. In 2001, Luc retired from professional basketball due to a degenerative condition in his ankle which plagued him throughout his career.
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As a high-performance coach, researcher and keynote speaker he is focused on helping people unlock their full potential, sustain performance, and providing people with the skills and mindset to flourish in the new world of work (NWW).
Andrew is a high energy and most effective speaker – his wisdom in health and lifestyle combined with his skills in business mentoring, make him a most invaluable conference speaker.
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Kirk has quietly been involved in a number of charities over the years - Greenpeace, the Starlight Foundation, Mirabel, World Vision and Amnesty International to name a few. He was actively involved with the Eye Foundation in Australia as their Key Ambassador for 12 years, a role close to his heart after nearly losing his sight to Glaucoma in the mid-’80s. More recently, after being diagnosed with prostate cancer in early 2015, he became a Key Ambassador for Movember and the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Kirk is also the Key Ambassador for Glaucoma Australia.
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Chelsea Pottenger is an international speaker and a leading authority on productivity, mindfulness and well-being. For 12-years Chelsea was known for her extraordinary work ethic and as a high performer she delivered results for a variety of big-name organizations. Then a life challenge happened. In 2015, Chelsea experienced debilitating Post-Natal Depression, which sent her spiraling to the lower depths of mental health. With determination, help, and resilience Chelsea bounced back with a new purpose, passion, and education.
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Gus Worland is an Australian television and radio personality and director and founder of mental health foundation, Gotcha4Life.
He is well known for his series of reality television programs for Foxtel (An Aussie Goes Barmy, An Aussie Goes Bolly and An Aussie Goes Calypso) and A&E (Marathon Man). He has also covered Commonwealth and Olympic Games for Foxtel.
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Jodie is a Clinical Psychologist and has worked in organizational, hospital, and community settings for more than 20 years. Jodie is also a Management Consultant and highly experienced Performance and Mindset Coach. Alongside her work at the Sydney Anxiety Clinic, she is the CEO and Founder of Mind Strength Consulting where she coaches CEOs and Executives and speaks in organizations and schools on topics including cyber safety and managing digital distraction; building mental strength and resilience; emotional intelligence; establishing a growth mindset; assertiveness and influence, and building effective relationships. She is passionately committed to working with the media and speaking at global events to raise anxiety awareness and help individuals with the skills and strategies to conquer anxiety.
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A carpenter by trade and a popular media personality, Tom Williams has earned a reputation as both a thrill-seeker and all-around ‘nice guy’. Having worked with the Seven Network across a variety of programs, including The Great Outdoors and Dancing With The Stars, Tom is currently on-air each weekday co-hosting the popular lifestyle show, The Daily Edition.
Tom Williams is an outstanding and experienced MC, host, and keynote speaker, he is available to MC and or speak at events/functions Australia-wide.
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He has worked in the sport, health, and fitness industries in Australia, the USA, Spain, and the UK, with a focus on content production, education, and marketing.
Now as the editor and content director of Men’s Health Australia, Scott is able to share his passion for the industry with the wider international community through education, creative content, events, and photography.
Scott has produced content for the global Men’s Health Network, whilst also making regular appearances as a health and men’s lifestyle expert on Sunrise, hosting events and panels, and contributing to digital and print publications including nine.com.au, WHO, and Women's Health among others.
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After his football career and without the nurturing and supportive environment a sports club can provide Mark became clinically depressed.
To cope with this depression he began to heavily use alcohol and drugs of all types. Over time these became fully-fledged addictions that took over his life and led to dire consequences; namely the break up of his close relationships, financial ruin, poor physical health, and further mental health issues. He lost everything and in one doctor’s opinion was close to death.
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DREW'S DAILY DOSE Drew Harrisberg is an exercise physiologist, sports scientist, diabetes educator, and most importantly - a happy and healthy guy thriving with type 1 diabetes.
After being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 21, Drew made it his mission to regain control of his health by making positive changes to the way that he lives, eats, moves, and the mindset in which he approaches life. Drew has not only accepted living with diabetes but has also learned to love it and manage it so that it doesn’t manage him.
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Sabina is a psychologist who works with organizations, groups, individuals, couples, and families in the areas of relationships, well-being, stress, mental health, career development, leadership, change, life transitions, job loss, and parenting. Sabina is also the Resident Psychologist and Social Commentator on Channel 7’s The Morning Show and The Daily Edition; and the top-rating Afternoons program at Radio 3AW.
Sabina is listed on the Media Referral expert database with The Australian Psychological Society. She is also a Consultant Psychologist and Coach with Transitioning Well and Corporate Health Management; and she has worked with numerous corporates and government departments as a speaker, spokesperson, facilitator and content provider; including Jemena, SEEK, realestate.com.au, NAB, Amaysim, Coffee Club, ANZ, Healthscope, Coles, and Ford.
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Shadé Zahrai is a specialist in building a success mindset, self-belief, and self-mastery for business professionals, and enhancing people-centric cultures.
Shadé Zahrai is recognized for her superhuman ability to translate neuroscience and psychology research into practical, actionable strategies to accelerate success. As Principal and Director of Influenceo Global Inc., a leadership development, consulting, and research firm, she consults, trains, and coaches leaders and teams from start-ups to Fortune-500s, breathing life into the organizational culture to enhance change-readiness for transformation, increase engagement, support the development of people-centric strategies and boost commercial performance.
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He’s been working in the fitness industry since 2005, enriching people’s lives through fitness, mindset, and nutrition. In recent years Steve has actively pursued a path of self-awareness. Through a great deal of self-education, listening, learning, and practicing, Steve now readily admits he used exercise as a means of escaping reality.
Years later, leaving behind the ‘hard man of fitness’ character depicted on The Biggest Loser, Steve has removed his ‘body armor’, learned to enjoy life, and embraces mindfulness in everything he does. Whilst fitness and movement will always remain at the core of everything he does, Steve’s focus is now to utilise everything he has learnt from such a varied and contrasting life to others realize the importance of self-awareness in all aspects.
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With warmth and humor, Leanne presents at conferences and facilitates workshops with boards and senior leadership teams on topics related to executive health and wellbeing, cultural change, and healthy leadership. By working at the “hard end” of medicine, and presiding over thousands of court cases of physical and psychological workplace injury, she has a unique insight into prevention and early intervention.
Leanne has the ability to successfully tackle tough topics like managing mental illness, suicide, bullying, harassment, discrimination, and violence in the workplace.
Appointments: Leanne is an experienced speaker, medical practitioner, and Clinical Professor at Monash University, Australia. She is a past Chairman of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Deputy Chancellor of Monash University, non-Executive Director of beyondblue: the national depression initiative in Australia. She has also served on 10 other commercial boards including Medibank Private, I-MED Radiology Network, and the Medical Indemnity Protection Society.
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