Speakers Profile - Mitch Wallis

Founder & Chief Realness Officer | Mental Health Advocate | Social Entrepreneur/ Storyteller

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Mitch is a leader in the wellbeing space with a lifelong mission to 'change the way the world feels'.

His goal is to transform the lives of 1 billion people to be more mentally healthy. He is achieving this through the content he produces, the organisation he runs, the the program he develops.

After working at Microsoft for almost 7 years, he left his successful corporate career to devote himself full time to helping people ovecome suffering and reimagine the healing potential of the mind through the power of storytelling, connection & living with authenticity.

Mitch is a mental health expert - holding a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University in New York, and he has over 20 years of lived experience with mental ill health including anxiety, depression and OCD. He is an accomplished keynote speaker having delivered talks to tens of thousands of people, including some of the most recognised companies in the world such as Amazon, American Express, Salesforce, KPMG and dozens more. He has been an advisor to the United Nations on the topic of youth mental health, and been named a Man of Impact by GQ. He was appointed the first ever ambassador for the Australia & New Zealand Mental Health Association and is currently an expert advisor to the Corporate Mental Health Alliance. He's been featured in wellbeing campaigns by the likes of Allianz and Linkedin, and featured in top news publications like Sky News, Huffington Post and Channel 10's The Project. He is accredited in mental health first aid, and is a trained Lifeline crisis supporter. Mitch runs a popular podcast that has featured guests like Harvard Psychologist Dr Daniel Siegel & mindfulness guru Mallika Chopra, as well as personalities such as Ms Universe and world class Olympians. His social media videos have reached millions of people and has been nominated for the award of 'most inspiring mental health video of the year' in the annual ShareCare awards in association with the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Mitch is also a social entrepreneur - holding a Bachelors degree in Commerce from the University of Sydney. He is most well known for being the founder of Heart On My Sleeve - a leading global mental health movement and services provider. He is the creator of 'Real Conversations' - a mental health training curriculum that's been distributed to 200,000 people, and the creator of 'Real Mates' - an innovative peer support program of accredited mental health mentors in workplaces and communities. He has co-founded a stress & anxiety supplement business called 'Calm Water', and is a private investor in Australia's #1 non-alcoholic craft beer 'Heaps Normal'.

He is here to talk to us about what it means to be human.