Join the Beyond Blue Speakers Bureau and share your story

Nov 07, 2016

Are you interested in speaking publicly about your experiences with depression or anxiety to help reduce stigma and raise awareness of mental health issues?

If so, you may be interested in joining Beyond Blue’s Speakers Bureau. 

Our speakers support Beyond Blue's work by sharing their story to groups in the community. We receive requests from all types of groups and organisations, including a range of different workplaces, and match them with appropriate speakers to share their story.

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 Beyond Blue 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.

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We encourage anyone who may be interested in becoming a Beyond Blue 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. 

How to apply

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!

We are now accepting expression of interest from people in Queensland, Tasmania and the Northern Territory. To express your interest, please complete our online form with further details of your experience. 

If you have any questions about the Speakers Bureau, please also feel free to contact Kate Funez on 03 9818 9215.

Our speakers team look forward to hearing from you!

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