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Mental health advocate & Co-Founder Voices of Hope

It’s not about battling your past but fighting for your future.

Jazz Thornton is an international mental health advocate who Co-Founded Voices of Hope.

Following her own battle with mental illness, Jazz has now dedicated her life to speaking hope and creating change in the area of mental health through her organisation Voices of Hope. Her unique experience and practical message has gained worldwide recognition, being shared through media, international speaking engagements and now through a new feature documentary film, “The Girl on The Bridge" that premiered in 2020.

She directed the award-winning series “Jessica's Tree” and is the author of the best-selling books "Stop Surviving, Start Fighting" and "My Journey Starts Here”.

In 2017 Jazz was named New Zealand’s youngest director to win the annual Doc Edge pitching contest, her series “The Silence Project” aims to shed light to the stories behind New Zealand’s suicide statistics while changing the way we have conversations about it.

In 2021, Jazz was awarded The Point of Light award from Her Majesty the Queen and was named the 2021 Young New Zealander of the Year.
In 2022 Jazz was crowned champion of New Zealand's Dancing With The Stars, raise funds and awareness for Lifeline.

Jazz is a talented motivational speaker who knows how to get a crowd inspired. She has spoken at hundreds of schools, conferences and events around the globe, sharing her story and provoking change. From inspiring high school students to making suited men feel challenged and empowered, Jazz can speak in any environment. With a focus on facing challenges while identifying opportunities, your audience will be fully engaged throughout leaving them understanding that they can be the change in the world they long to see.

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