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Founder of 'Heart on my Sleeve' movement & mental health advocate

True healing starts the day you feel understood. When you are real, there are no demons to hide from.

Mitch Wallis is one of the most recognizable faces in mental health. He is a leader in the well-being space with a lifelong mission to empower others to feel understood.

After working for Microsoft in Australia and abroad for almost 7 years, he left his successful corporate career to devote himself full-time to helping overcome suffering and reimagine the healing potential of the mind through the power of storytelling, connection & living with authenticity. Mitch has delivered keynote presentations to tens of thousands of people, including some of the most recognized companies in the world.

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 is a workplace wellbeing consultant - helping companies transform culture and create thriving organizations. He has been an expert advisor to the United Nations on the topic of youth mental health.

Mitch has a Master of 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.

Talking Points

The Heart of Coping

Mitch’s story
Exploring the darkest yet most insightful moments of his own mental health journey and it’s impact on his personal and professional life.

Demystifying mental health
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.

Toolkit of resources
Mitch explores his top 10 learnings & tools for coping and thriving based in neuroscience & lived experience. This includes the key mindsets & actions to maintain mental wellness for optimal cognitive, emotional and behavioural functioning.
Such a fantastic session and I could've listened for hours from a leaderships side as well as a personal. Such great advice around being more open, a better listener and just being available for people. American Express

It’s authenticity. The story that Mitch tells, and the way he tells it, breaks through. We’ve been having this conversation about wellness for a long time, inside of Microsoft, and making progress. But there’s no question that when we introduced Mitch to the team and saw how he shared his personal story it resonated in a way we hadn’t been able to get through in the past.


Mitch’s keynote events and workshops are always delivered with great proficiency. 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. Each program Mitch has delivered across our organisation is met with positive feedback and we have our people continuing to ask for more.


Honest and raw. Mitch shares his story with such passion & authenticity. A must for all in business. The learnings & insights will stay with you.

MGA Insurance Group
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