At the Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association, we aspire to create a community of advocates passionate about spreading the word on mental health awareness.
Check out our current ambassadors and find out what they’re doing to support starting the discussion on mental health and advocate for advancements our mental health industry.
Mitch Wallis, Entrepreneur and Founder – Heart On My Sleeve
Mitch has struggled with some of the most severe & debilitating mental illness symptoms for most of this life. This has largely been in silence and isolation, until recently.
Founding an international not-for-profit mental health campaign to eradicate stigma called the ‘Heart On My Sleeve Movement’, Mitch’s ultimate dream is to change the face of mental health by empowering his fellow millennials to overcome suffering and help them re-imagine the healing power of the mind.
He is uniquely positioned to bring a firsthand experience of suffering from several chronic mental health conditions, with an educated academic understanding of the science behind problem and treatment, mixed with a comprehensive business, storytelling and tech background that allows him to build a platform to connect with people in an authentic and powerful way.
Mitch’s ultimate dream is to change the face of mental health by empowering his fellow millennials to overcome suffering and help them re-imagine the healing power of the mind.
Craig Hamilton, Broadcaster, Commentator and Author
Craig is probably best known as a member of the Grandstand Rugby League commentary and has worked Grand Finals, State of Origin series and several Test Matches.
Craig was born and raised in the Hunter Valley town of Singleton and spent 16 years working as an underground coalminer in the Newcastle area before embarking on a radio career fulltime in 1999.
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, Allen and Unwin released his second book “A Better Life”.
Craig is now an internationally motivational speaker who tells what it’s like to battle serious mental illness.