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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 a quickly becoming one of the most recognisable faces in mental health.

He is the founder & CEO of Heart On My Sleeve - one of the fastest growing mental health organisations and worldwide social movements. He has experienced a lifetime of battling a multitude of mental health issues and has a deep first-hand understanding of the magnitude of suffering.

Current Work

He holds several board positions in the mental health sector, and has featured on Channel 10’s The Project and recognised by GQ Magazine as a Man of Influence in 2019. He was appointed the first ever ambassador for the Australia & New Zealand Mental Health Association, and has been named a Westfield local hero in their annual awards.

Mitch has a Master’s degree in Psychology from Columbia University in New York, and a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Sydney. He has studied under Harvard Psychologists, is an accredited Menta Health First Aid Officer & is a volunteer at Lifeline.

Mitch has a lifelong mission to empower people to cope, connect & thrive by leading “from the heart” with authenticity.

Previous Experience

Speaking: Mitch has spoken at some of the most recognised companies in the country including KPMG, American Express, Google, Spotify, Dropbox, Woolworths, Salesforce, Suncorp, and more.

Business:Mitch was previously at Microsoft for almost 7 years, working on some of the biggest product launches globally in the US headquarters.

Talking Points

Heart on My Sleeve: It's Time to Heal

Mitch speaks from the heart on a raw and vulnerable topic. This isn’t your everyday mental health keynote. His talk is equal parts inspiring and confronting. He intentionally goes deep into a sensitive area, questioning the everyday norms and suggestions of how we move forward - posing a comprehensive yet somewhat disruptive approach to solving this global epidemic. Mitch explores the darkest yet most insightful moments of his own mental health journey and its impact on his personal and professional life. He shares a reflection on the current systematic and social challenges we face in solving this health epidemic, and paints and clear & passionate vision of how we can take a step forward to help ourselves and those we love. We hope this session provides you with a deep insight and understanding of mental ill health in a non-traditional format.

He is also fully equipped to speak on a broad range of topics including: the impact of technology & social media on our perception of reality (“how to use these powerful weapons for good not evil”), the journey of a social entrepreneur (“how to create sustainable business ventures”), how to follow your calling & do what you love (“taking the jump between where you are now and where you want to be”), the mindset of a millennial in the workplace (“what are future young leaders searching for”).

He is completely willing to work with clients to create the most appropriate, engaging and customised talk to suit the needs of the organisation and the goals they are trying to achieve with cultural change and wellbeing initiatives to complement existing programs & values.
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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