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Mental Health Advocate, Keynote Speaker and Author


In 2000, respected sports broadcaster Craig Hamilton was hospitalised after suffering a public psychotic episode. He was later diagnosed with Bipolar 1 Disorder. The experience was traumatic, but encouraged Craig to speak up and challenge the stigma associated with mental illness and health.

He spent 12 days in hospital and, since his recovery, has become one of Australia's most high-profile speakers on Mental Health, Lifestyle and Wellbeing.

Previous Experience

Author: Craig has written two biographies documenting his journey and spoken across Australia, discussing the depths of his illness, depression, suicide, men’s health and becoming one of the nation’s leading mental health advocates. In sharing his story and experiences he offers hope to others.

Media: Craig started his career as a broadcaster with ABC Radio in 1994. Since then Craig 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 team.

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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