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In conversation with John Brogden, Chairman, Lifeline Australia

13 October 2021
12.00pm – 1.00pm AEDT
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The UNSW Canberra Equity and Diversity Unit invites you to join us for a special Mental Health Week 2021 event, In conversation with John Brogden.  

Please join the UNSW Canberra Acting Rector, Professor Harvinder Sidhu, in welcoming Mr John Brogden, Chairman, Lifeline Australia, to share his personal story of overcoming ill health, what he has learned through recovery, and his insights and strategies to prioritise and maintain our mental health and well-being in these strange, pandemic days.  

“They say the comeback is greater than the setback.” 

John’s career in politics started when he became the Member for Pittwater in the NSW Parliament in 1996. In 2002, he was elected Leader of the Opposition on his 33rd birthday – the youngest person ever to lead a major political party at Federal or State level in Australia. 

However, it’s John’s personal story that best illustrates his resilience and his incredible ability to come back from the lowest of lows. His willingness to share the details of his journey to recovery make him a compelling and inspirational storyteller. 

* Please note: This content talks about death by suicide which some people may find disturbing. If you or someone you know needs help now, call Lifeline on 13 11 14. If someone is in immediate danger, call Triple Zero (000). 

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Mr John Brogden

Chairman, Lifeline Australia

John was diagnosed with depression in early 2006 following a suicide attempt in 2005. His passion for mental illness stems from a breakdown that marked a turning point in his life and reframed the discussion around depression, particularly in the corporate world. Thanks to his profile, John has changed the way we talk about suicide and in turn, is helping thousands of individuals through his involvement with Lifeline Australia as Chairman.

A passionate and charismatic speaker, John Brogden is an outstanding advocate for mental illness. He shares his experiences of depression and suicide with honesty and bravery and challenges the common misunderstandings of living with a mental illness.  As one of Australia's leading politicians and now a business leader, John Brogden is living proof that even from the darkest places, there can be a way back. Whilst John has reached the highest levels in his professional career, his personal journey is one of highs and lows, strength and courage.