R U OK? Day Speakers

Help break the stigma and ignite meaningful conversations within your organisation.
NRL sports star Joel Thompson presenting at a mental health fundraiser for Headspace

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Why should you book a speaker for my next R U OK? Day event?

Simply put, mental health speakers can save lives.

One example of this comes from former Australian test cricket captain Steve Smith, who began speaking out about the mental anguish he faced following the infamous ‘sandpaper gate’ scandal in 2018.

Visiting a high school in New South Wales in 2019, Smith’s vulnerable address about his mental health battles led two students to reveal to school staff that they were planning to end their lives that weekend, but now wanted help.

You may never know the impact a speaker will have on your audience, but facilitating an open conversation about mental health and wellbeing is a brilliant way to ignite the spark that leads someone to seek help.

  • Break the stigma

    Tackling the stigma that surrounds mental health alone can be daunting. By teaming up with a celebrity or sports star at your R U OK? Day event, you provide the perfect drawcard who can bring instant credibility to your event and inspire your audience.

  • Learn from resilience

    Hearing stories of resilience from the people we idolise can be incredibly powerful in shifting perceptions on mental health. Whoever your audience, they are sure to be inspired and uplifted by the raw insights on resilience, coping strategies, and wellbeing that a speaker can provide.

  • In-person or virtual

    Your R U OK? Day events may be looking a bit different with more people beginning to work from home, but we are here to help. Stars are now available to join you virtually, meaning they are now more accessible than ever. Just put in your request and let us know you are going virtual!

The stark reality.

In Australia...

One in five people are currently experiencing a mental health condition and 45% will be affected by a mental health challenge in their life. While females are more likely to experience depression and anxiety, it is estimated six men die by suicide in the country every day.

Despite these numbers, 54% of affected individuals do not seek treatment.

In the workplace...

A positive mental health environment is important to 91% of employees. However, 48% of employees believe their workplace isn’t mentally healthy and nearly 50% have quit their job due to a poor mental health environment.

Many will not seek help, with 35% of employees stating they would not want anyone to know about their mental health challenge.

For youth...

Suicide continues to be the leading cause of death. Over 75% of mental health conditions occur before the age of 25 and approximately 13.9% of children aged 4-17 experience a mental health illness. Stress from school is a key contributor, with 70% of Australian students rating their mental health as poor or fair in a national survey.

Young people are the least likely to seek help for fear judgement.

Why choose Pickstar?

  • Speakers for every budget

    Pickstar works with a budget that you're comfortable with to notify relevant stars for your opportunity, who will respond directly with their interest and availability. Other Pickstar talent can also apply to be considered for your opportunity - you'll be surprised by the calibre of stars that will be keen to work with you!

  • Fast and easy process

    Pickstar’s platform ensures stars are instantly notified of your request. Once approved, you can start to see who is interested in your request in as little as an hour. Our instant messaging system makes communication a breeze, allowing you to directly engage with sports stars and celebrities booked for your event or campaign.

  • Best fit talent

    As Australia’s largest talent marketplace, Pickstar provides you access to an unrivalled depth of stars to choose from. Use our advanced filtering system to find your perfect match, or tell us what you're looking for and we will help find your next mental health guest speaker or ambassador.

Check out some of Pickstar's mental health stars.

Don't just take our word for it. Hear how others have benefited from a mental health speaker at their events.

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Ready to help make a positive impact?

If you or anyone you know needs help, please contact:

Lifeline 13 11 14

Kids Helpline 1800 551 800

MensLine Australia 1300 789 978

Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467

Beyond Blue 1300 22 46 36

Headspace 1800 650 890