10 Inspiring Speakers for Mental Health Awareness Week 2020
This years' Mental Health Awareness Week 2020, running from the 18th to the 24th of May, is focused around the celebration of kindness. Pioneered by the Mental Health foundation, it is encouraging people to use the COVID-19 crisis as an opportunity for positive change, a chance for society to emerge from the pandemic kinder than before.
One of the best ways to promote kindness is through an expert on mental health. Our inspiring speakers use their stories to inspire a new perspective, using their personal struggles to enlighten audiences. An event featuring one of our top mental health speakers casts positive ripples through their audience's lives, encouraging self-love.
As the pandemic has triggered distance and disconnection, online webinars have become essential for the world's wellbeing. With the power to reach audiences across continents, inspiring online speakers hold the key to igniting kindness within society.
Take a look at some of the best mental health speakers available to book for your in-person or virtual event.
1. Ollie Ollerton
Ollie Ollerton gained a number of incredible skills and experiences from the Special Forces, including determination, mental resilience and leadership. However, coupled with the highs were also devastating lows, traumatic experiences that left him with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and suicidal thoughts. Ollie recounts the actionable strategies that he used to turn his mental health around, positively influencing audiences.
2. Dr Christian Jessen
Popular television presenter and respected doctor, Dr Christian Jessen, found fame on such shows as Embarrassing Bodies and Supersize vs Superskinny. While Christian was helping patients overcome their issues, he himself was struggling with body dysmorphia and depression. When booked for events as a celebrity mental health speaker, he takes audiences on an inspiring journey of recovery, proving that mental strength is possible with professional help.
3. Jonathan Trott
Jonathan Trott competed at the peak of English cricket, playing in elite international matches all over the world. As the pressure mounted, he found that his enjoyment for the game was replaced with an inner turmoil; "I was going back into that pressure cooker, that place of judgment". Jonathan has since retired from international sport, dedicating his time instead to improving the work/life balance of his audience.
4. Samantha Clarke
Samantha Clarke is an authority on workplace culture and employee happiness. She tours the speaking circuit sharing her wisdom, encouraging business leaders and managers to value the importance of their teams' wellbeing above all else. Samantha believes that the key to business success is an environment that promotes innovation, not judgement, support not criticism; a belief that has made her one of the best workplace wellbeing speakers available to book.
5. Clarke Carlisle
Widely regarded as one of Britain’s Brainiest Footballers, Clarke Carlisle is a vocal advocate for positive mental health and inclusion within sport. Having appeared in the documentary, Is Football Racist?, he bravely takes to the speaking circuit to showcase the mental strength he needed to recover from a suicide attempt. Clarke can connect with audiences on a personal level, to make a life-changing impression.
6. Jonny Wilkinson
Jonny Wilkinson is an icon of international rugby, regarded as one of the greatest players of his generation. Despite his incredibly successful career, he later buckled under the pressure; a similar story for many sporting professionals. Jonny now uses his speaking career to expose the stigma around mental health issues and male rugby, breaking down the stereotype that he himself suffered from.
7. Dr Brené Brown
Best selling author and emotional intelligence expert, Dr Brené Brown, has dedicated her career to the study of human emotion; shame, courage and vulnerability to name a few. Her TED Talk, The Power of Vulnerability, has been viewed over 50 million times, a testament to Brené's popularity as a speaker. When booked for events, she provides audiences with empathetic and scientific analysis of mental health.
8. Marcus Trescothick
Though Marcus Trescothick thrived as part of one of the most successful teams in cricket history, the pressure of performing at such an elite level eventually took its toll. Hediscusses with audiences his experience of depression and anxiety as a sports mental health speaker, offering a thought provoking perspective of pressure, mental resilience and self-belief.
9. Katie Piper
After falling victim to an acid attack, Katie Piper's life was turned upside down. As a former model, she was forced to redefine her personal perspective of beauty, an experience that she shares with audiences. Katie now encourages audiences to address their own idea of beauty, promoting body positivity through her inspiring story of resilience.
10. Michelle Elman
Michelle Elman is a body positivity advocate and influential TED Talk speaker. As a life coach with Mindset for Life, she has developed several campaigns like Scarred not Scared, that have helped thousands of people to love their bodies. Through social media, publications and her speaking arrangements, Michelle is on the frontline of the battle for body positivity.
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