Our Speakers Bureau

Beyond Blue receives hundreds of requests each year for people to speak at a range of events, including community forums, conferences, schools and community sports clubs. Beyond Blue Speakers share their personal stories of anxiety, depression and recovery to increase awareness, reduce stigma, encourage people to talk about how they’re feeling and to take action to get help.

  • We are now currently recruiting for volunteers of the Speaker Program in the Northern Territory only. If the Beyond Blue Speaker Program is something you think you might be interested in being part of, we’d love to hear from you! If you live in the NT and are interested, please email the team at speaker@beyondblue.org.au for an expression of interest form. Watch this page for advice on when we’re recruiting in other states.

 

Are you interested in securing a Beyond Blue speaker for your event?

The sharing of personal stories of anxiety and depression is a powerful means of raising awareness, reducing stigma and encouraging people to take action.

Beyond Blue is proud to offer the services of its Speakers Bureau free of charge. However, donations or fundraising efforts are warmly welcomed and help us to continue providing this service to ensure as many people as possible hear stories of hope, recovery and resilience right across Australia.

The majority of our Speakers are members of the community who volunteer their time to speak about their experience, to raise awareness of depression and anxiety and reduce stigma.

We endeavour to meet all requests as closely as we can, however due to the large volume of requests received each week, we need a minimum of 30 days to process each request and search for an appropriate and available speaker.

Is your event going ahead?

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, Beyond Blue is ensuring we apply the same dedication to health and wellbeing we bring to all our operations. This means applying up-to-date, expert public health advice for maintaining the safety of our Speakers, staff, community supporters and everyone involved with our organisation.

For this reason, we’ve decided to cancel all participation of Speakers at physical events until the end of June, at this stage.

We haven’t made this decision lightly. We know our events are incredibly important to you and the community, helping people to support each other, especially in times of distress and concern. We’re doing everything we can to adapt our ways of working and help the community however possible. We will review the situation regularly over the coming weeks to determine when it will be safe to resume our normal program.

Please note that our Speakers are volunteers of the community that share their lived experience of a mental health condition. Our Speakers are not staff members, facilitators or clinicians and are unable to provide advice on the current COVID-19 pandemic.

If your event is going ahead and you would like to proceed with a Beyond Blue Speaker via video conferencing, please click the link below to request a speaker. Once we receive this, we can review your request and begin checking availability.

For all other enquiries in relation to requesting a Beyond Blue Speaker, please email the team at speaker@beyondblue.org.au

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