Nic Newling is a man of fairly limited talents. After dropping out of high school to pursue unemployment, he found his niche as a drama school student for a few months in 2004. He now holds a Master's degree that he recently printed off the internet.
Nic is an outspoken advocate for mental health and suicide prevention. Having lived through the personal experience of suffering with a mood disorder throughout high school and losing his brother to suicide, he has since dedicated himself to changing the way mental illness is addressed in schools, workplaces, and communities.
Over the last 10 years Nic has spoken to thousands of people around Australia about his personal experiences with mental illness in an effort to help make a positive difference by reducing stigma and encouraging important conversations around mental health and suicide. He works on BITE BACK, a national online wellbeing and resilience program for young people through the Black Dog Institute in Sydney. He is also involved in suicide prevention initiatives as an ambassador for R U OK?