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Mental Health Advocate, Keynote Speaker and Author


Craig Hamilton was a high-profile sports broadcaster for the ABC when, in September 2000, on the eve of his assignment for the Sydney Olympic Games, he experienced a major psychotic episode in public that led to him being diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Craig spent 12 days in the hospital and once he recovered, set out to create awareness of mental health and break down the stigma that surrounds those that suffer from mental health issues. He has since become one of Australia’s most high profile and most sought-after speakers on mental health awareness, lifestyle, overcoming adversity and work/life balance.

Today Craig leads a very busy and fulfilling life. As well his role as a Broadcaster with ABC Radio, he travels widely, telling his story in the hope that others will open up and tell theirs as well. He has made over 500 speaking appearances as a mental health advocate in front of audiences from corporate executives to rural communities affected by drought, bushfires and floods. In sharing his story and experiences he offers hope to others.

Craig’s bestselling memoir Broken Open was chosen by SANE Australia as its 2005 book of the year.
Broken Open has sold over 45,000 copies since its release in 2004.
In July 2012, Craig’s second book, A Better Life, co-written with Will Swanton, was published. It acknowledges his own illness and how he manages it, but also tells how other public figures like Andrew Johns, Garry McDonald, Jessica Rowe, and Wally Lewis are dealing with mental illness to live as normal and fulfilling a life as possible.

Talking Points

Recovery from Mental Illness

Craig suffered a major breakdown in September of 2000 just before the Sydney Olympic Games where he was assigned to work as a broadcaster for the ABC.

Bipolar Disorder - A Story of Recovery

After diagnosis Craig began the long road back to recovery. He has written two books, his first book Broken Open has sold over 40,000 copies.

An Inspiring Road Back to Good Health

Over the past 20 years Craig has continued to reinvent himself and make changes which have maximized his health and wellbeing.
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