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Mental Health Advocate, Co-Founder & General Manager of Voices of Hope

Your story could be the key that unlocks someone else's prison.

Genevieve Mora is the Co-Founder and General Manager of Voices of Hope, a not for profit organisation aimed to break the stigma around mental illness.

Along with Jazz Thornton she published a wellbeing journal and is currently writing her second book. In 2022, she was named alongside Jazz in the Forbes 30 under 30 Asia, she has been named as a Westfield Local Hero for her work and a finalist for the Impact Awards.
Genevieve co-created an app called 'Love your Kite' which aims to support people through their recovery from an Eating Disorder and sits as a lived experience voice on the External Eating Disorder Advisory Board of New Zealand. Genevieve speaks about her journey regularly on her YouTube channel and TikTok page.

Genevieve fought a tough battle with mental illness (specially Anxiety, OCD and Anorexia) during her teen years and now shares her story and advocates for those who are in the position she once was. As someone who was once ashamed to share her own battle with mental illness, she now chooses to be vulnerable and speak up and she believes in the power of lived experience story telling.

Often engaged as an event MC, Genevieve keeps your audience engaged throughout while ensuring everything runs seamlessly.

"When someone shares their story it allows others to open up and feel safe to do the same."

Talking Points

Overcoming Shame and Stigma

Throughout Genevieve’s teen years she fought a tough battle with Anxiety, Anorexia and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. She felt an intense amount of shame due to stigma, lack of education and lack of awareness of what it truly means to fight mental illness.

Her story is one of adversity, resilience and hope.

Gen has made it her mission to speak up and be vulnerable because she understands the powerful impact that storytelling can have to allow others to feel safe to do the same. In this session Gen shares practical tools, skills and techniques that helped her to overcome her own battles.

We all know someone who has faced mental health challenges and it's important we speak up to end the stigma!

Supporting others and encouraging help seeking behaviour

When 'I' becomes 'We' illness, becomes wellness. Facing mental health challenges can be a lonely battle and having a solid support network can make a world of difference. However, knowing how best to support someone through their journey can be difficult. Whether it be a loved one, a colleague, at school or a stranger.

In this session, through her own lived experience, Genevieve shares tools that helped her and things that she has learnt through her work as a mental health advocate. You cannot pour from an empty cup! So not only will she share tools and techniques on how to support others, she will also talk about the importance of self-care.

We all have mental health and learning how to look after our well-being is crucial.


Looking after yourself and your wellbeing is crucial. Self-care doesn't have to be complicated and we need to make it a priority.
In this keynote, Gen will share some simple, yet effective self-care tools and techniques that help her daily and that may help you too!
Genevieve has considerable personal experience which underlines her genuineness and she speaks from the heart with a level of authenticity which creates an excellent connection with her audience. Rotary District 9920

Voices of Hope was once again our conference charity partner in 2022. This involved a stand at our expo area, spotlighting their work on our main platform and a preview of their latest campaign. Genevieve engaged in a Q&A session in front of approx. 400delegates confidently and authentically sharing her journey.

Financial Services Council

Gen was superb; she understood the audience and ensured her talk was appropriate and relevant to the age group.

St Kentigern Girls' School

Having Gen as a guest speaker for our National Hui was a great decision! Listening to Gen talk on her personal journey with her disorder was an incredibly moving and enlightening experience. Her ability to articulate her struggles and triumphs was nothing short of captivating. With a charismatic presence and a profound honesty, she drew us in and kept us engaged throughout. Her story not only provided deep insight into the complexities of disorders but also offered hope and inspiration to all in attendance. We left the event feeling more informed, uplifted, and empowered to help our rangatahi. Gen is a truly remarkable speaker, and her impact on our audience was undeniable.

NZ Boarding Schools' Association
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