In Conversation - Normalising Mental Health

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11.30am - 2.30pm
Early bird $80 with codeword BIRD until 24 August
Entry $120
Tables of eight  $110 per person

To be a strong, healthy and resilient community we need to talk about mental health and support each other to care for our mental health

The Thompson Institute's Operations Manager, Elise Jione

In Conversation - Normalising Mental Health

AFL legend and mental health advocate Wayne Schwass will speak at the next In Conversation lunch in partnership with USC’s Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience – Thompson Institute at Venue 114 on Thursday 12 September 2019.

After a distinguished AFL playing career, Wayne has become a respected sports media broadcaster including his current position with Triple M Footy. 
 
In addition to his work within the AFL industry, Wayne has also become a passionate advocate for mental health awareness and suicide prevention.

In 2006, Wayne founded the ‘Sunrise Foundation’.  The organisation delivered preventative education programs to more than 5000 secondary school students in four years, 2007 to 2010.  

In 2012, Wayne successfully transitioned into a corporate sales role, a position he held until April 2017.

Wayne’s passion for health and well being ultimately drew him back to mental health advocacy — a passion that led him to create ‘PukaUp’.

Launched in 2017, PukaUp is a social enterprise focusing on mental health, emotional well-being and importantly, suicide prevention.   

The day will also feature conversations with MC Seven Network presenter Jillian Whiting and Thompson Institute ambassador and Sunshine Coast Lightning player, Cara Koenen and  Thompson Institute advocate, counsellor, author and bodybuilder Leon Stensholm. Leon is also a partner of the Thompson Institute’s Alliance for Suicide Prevention initiative.

The Thompson Institute is a hub for world-class mental health research, teaching and clinical services, based on the Sunshine Coast.
The Institute’s Operations Manager Elise Jione said the In Conversation lunch event gave presenters and guests the platform to speak up about mental health – an action that can “change or even save lives”.
“To be a strong, healthy and resilient community we need to talk about mental health and support each other to care for our mental health,” Ms Jione said.
“We look forward to sharing stories of recovery, support-giving and the crucial research that is being done right here on the Sunshine Coast that has the potential to change how we treat mental health.”