Volunteer to be a speaker

Thank you for your interest in becoming a beyondblue Speaker.

Our speakers assist beyondblue by sharing their story to groups in the community. We receive requests from all types of groups and organisations and match them with appropriate speakers to share their story. By doing so, our speakers help raise awareness and reduce stigma of depression and anxiety in communities throughout Australia.

Is being a speaker right for you?

Making the decision to talk publicly about an experience of mental health issues isn’t right for everyone. 

We know that living with depression and anxiety can have its ups and downs. However, it’s important that beyondblue speakers embody the values of hope and recovery. Some people find that speaking publicly about a personal experience and dealing with sensitive audience questions can be confronting or stressful, which can make the role difficult for those who are continuing to experience frequent periods of distress.

We encourage anyone who may be interested in becoming a beyondblue speaker to take some time to reflect on your own wellbeing and whether this type of activity is right for you at this time.

Recruiting speakers is an ongoing process and while you may choose not to apply this time, there will be opportunity to do so again in the future. There are also many other ways to share your experience and make a difference, such as participation in our online reference group – blueVoices

What we look for

  • Past experience of diagnosed anxiety and/or depression and/or suicidal behaviours OR experience of caring for someone with a diagnosis of anxiety and/or depression  
  • In a recovery space (i.e. not continuing to experience frequent periods of distress, undergoing treatment in hospital, changing or receiving new medications or treatment) for at least the past 8-12 months
  • Personal experience and subsequent recovery consistent with beyondblue’s key messaging of seeking professional help
  • No intention to promote or sell any personal agenda, business, venture or product if representing beyondblue 
  • Strong motivation to promote community awareness of anxiety and depression and the work of beyondblue
  • Sustained and respected profile in the public domain including social media platforms (i.e. no or little public controversy)
  • Alignment with beyondblue’s core values, vision and mission

How to apply

Please complete the below form and tell us about yourself and your experiences. Any personal information you provide will be collected and stored in accordance with our privacy policy.If you have any queries or issues, please get in touchPlease note that applications that include inappropriate or offensive language are automatically quarantined in our system.
  1. Section 1: Personal details

  2. Section 2: Media experience and areas of interest

  3. Section 3: Availability and travel preferences


    We have a policy of allocating no more than three (3) speaking engagements to any Speaker in a month. You are under no obligation to accept a speaking engagement that we may present to you, and we will always consider your physical and mental health as a top priority. Based on your current personal commitments, please indicate your current availability

  4. Section 4: Personal experience summary

  5. Section 5: Personal story questionnaire

    Please provide as much detail as you're able to. This information will give the Ambassador and Speaker team a clearer picture about your experience and become the basis of your personal story that you'll share at speaking events.

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Sex

Gender identity


If yes, please note
Are you of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin?

If yes, please note language and fluency
If yes, please note type
Please indicate if you are:




If yes, please specify
Are you a carer of a person with a mental health condition?

Do you have an experience of either a supportive or non-supportive workplace in relation to your experience with mental health?

Are you interested in presenting to schools?

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