Mitch Wallis

Mitch Wallis is one of the most recognisable faces in mental health. He is a leader in the well-being space with a lifelong mission to change the way the world feels. Mitch has delivered keynote presentations to tens of thousands of people, including some of the most recognised companies in the world, such as Amazon, Google, Allianz, KPMG and dozens more. He is a serial well-being entrepreneur - most well known for being the founder of Heart On My Sleeve - a leading global mental health movement and services provider. He is the author of “Real Conversations” - a mental health training curriculum that’s been distributed to hundreds of thousands of people, and he’s the creator of “Real Mates” - an innovative peer support program of accredited mental health representatives in workplaces across Australia. He has co-founded a stress & anxiety supplement business called “Calm Water”.

Mitch is an expert advisor to the Corporate Mental Health Alliance of Australia, United Nations and has been named a Man of Impact by GQ. Mitch has a Masters in Psychology degree from Columbia University in New York and a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Sydney. Most importantly, Mitch has over 20 years of lived experience with mental ill health, facing life-threatening breakdowns at times, and he is here to talk about what it means to be human.

Speaking topics

The Heart of Coping

Mental health is often misunderstood and it can be very confusing to know what it actually means. Using a unique framework, Mitch articulates exactly what this destination looks like, what the current barriers are to achieving it, and how we can move forward as individuals and as a society toward emotional wellbeing.

  • Gain perspective on the path toward wellbeing through Mitch's experiences
  • How to survive and thrive in the midst of challenging situations and painful emotions
  • Tools and tips on how cope during tough times of high uncertainty


It’s authenticity. The story that Mitch tells, and how he tells it breaks through and resonated in a way we hadn’t be able to get through in the past. 
Managing Director Australia, Microsoft

His journey with mental health inspired our colleagues to share they own stories and experiences and lead us to implementing the Real Mates Program, a source of peer support for our colleagues. 
Managing Director at ANZ, American Express

Mitch is an extremely knowledgeable and engaging speaker in the mental health space who has the ability to capture the audience, across each level of the organisation, with real passion and authenticity.
Head of Wellbeing, KPMG

To have someone be so vulnerable and so open, that was a gift to everybody… and I think it's just inspired 14,000 people to wear their heart on their sleeve.
CEO Customer & Strategic innovation, Suncorp

The Heart on My Sleeve movement is impactful and adaptable to your organisation’s needs.
People & Culture Leader, MERCER

His authenticity, his knowledge on the subject combined with a robust program has meant our culture is more empathetic, more educated around mental health and we have all benefited from having Mitch in our midst.
Managing Director, TBWA

Mitch’s presentation at the dinner was so very well received and you, quite literally could hear a pin drop as everyone completely focussed on Mitch and every word that came out of his mouth.
Senior Events Office, Comcare

Mitch’s talks at J&J have been a real highlight in our mental health program. His authenticity and openness in talking about such sensitive topics, has been refreshing and completely inspiring. 
Wellbeing Lead, Johnson & Johnson

The combination of scientific data and real-life stories made it easy to listen to and feel engaged.
Partner, The Consulting House

Mitch spoke so authentically and used vulnerability as well as his expert knowledge of mental health psychology to connect with and educate us. 
Learning and Talent Development Manager, GPT Group

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Speaker Video

Mitch Wallis - Speaker Reel

Mitch Wallis - Speaker Reel

Problems are Painful, Stories are Suffering  Mental Health Micro Documentary by Mitch Wallis

Problems are Painful, Stories are Suffering Mental Health Micro Documentary by Mitch Wallis

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