- Craig Hamilton has been on radio and television for more than twenty years, hosts a weekly radio program and has commentated major international sporting events.
- He is a beyondblue ambassador, travelling to rural and remote communities to provide support for high risk groups, bringing a hidden tragedy to national attention.
- Television program Compass featured his documentary ‘Broken Open’. Appeared on 60 Minutes, ABC News Breakfast, Catalyst, The Footy Show and more.
- He is a sought after motivational speaker, having been a guest of beyondblue, Lifeline, government departments, multiple large mining operations, and conferences.
- Craig has authored two books, with journalist Neil Jameson. Broken Open shares his deeply personal story, and A Better Life provides practical tips for thriving with illness.
- He spent 16 years working as an underground coalminer before becoming a radio presenter, and has also played representative cricket.
- Bipolar disorder:
- To hell and back
- Overcoming adversity
- The secrets to good mental health
- Explore the positive health and wellbeing options we have to improve our own mental health
- Work-life balance
- Examine mental health issues in the workplace and why now, more than ever before we need to be proactive and not reactive
- How to build resilience
- A healthy life in the 21st century
- Managing stress and overcoming depression
- We often make choices that compromise our mental health, find out why and know that change is possible
- A journey into mental illness
The session was a success with more than 900 people dialing in. Craig was very inspiring, and did a great job in keeping the audience engaged. He was able to share his lived experience and there was a great flow to the session.
Craig’s Keynote was sensational in all respects. I have had numerous people comment on how compelling his story was. I think the fact that he spent a lot of time in a tough industry meant that many in the audience found him very easy to relate to. The Mates In Construction fundraising lunch was a great success. We raised over $70K (best ever result) and I am fielding many offers of assistance catalysed by the event.
Mates In Construction, WA
I thought Craig was a brilliant speaker - just to hear his story told in such an honest way really hits home doesn't it.
We were delighted with Craig's keynote at the Industry Fund's Financial Planners Conference in Melbourne. His story is inspiring.
Industry Funds Forum Mental Health Foundation
When Craig starts telling his story, you don't want him to stop. It is honest, insightful and spoken with great passion and conviction. Craig spoke to a room full of journalism and public relations academics, local media and staff working in mental health. His presentation had something in it for everyone. He was able to reflect on his personal experience with mental illness, his role in the media and his experience writing his first and second book. Our national guests were talking about his insights long after that evening and reflecting on both their personal and professional roles. It was a great reminder about how powerful the personal story can be for motivating people.
Mindframe National Media Initiative Hunter Institute of Mental Health Newcastle NSW
Craig was a real gift to us yesterday. What a great and powerful speaker. He was wonderful, fantastic, educative, funny, I can't say enough. I have had huge response from people, lots of emails expressing their gratitude at hearing his story. He spoke from his heart and the audience was riveted.
St Vincents Hospital, NSW
As part of a mental health awareness program at IP Australia, Craig gave a presentation on his experience with bipolar disorder, at a lunch time seminar in April 2005. Around 60 staff members attended and their reaction to his presentation was very positive. Craig's down to earth style, and honest explanation of his encounters with the disorder, and how it affected all aspects of his life, encouraged good interaction from his audience, and certainly got people talking - some even relating to their own story. Craig's presentation has been motivational in encouraging staff to seek more information, and largely responsible for a big increase in demand for training on mental health first aid, at IP Australia. This in turn, is helping us to foster a supportive culture among our staff towards mental illness. I would enthusiastically recommend Craig's presentation, and also his book 'Broken Open', to others wanting to cultivate awareness and promote positive attitudes to mental health issues.
I have been privileged to hear Craig Hamilton discuss his personal, first-hand experience with bipolar disorder at a General Practitioners Conference in Sydney in 2005. He shared with us his own personal tragedy with this disorder, prior to the 2000 Olympic Games. I was impressed with the open, honest and enthusiastic approach to his presentation. I also admired his courage and knowledge of this medical disorder, culminating the publication of his book. Craig Hamiliton has restored my faith in humanity. I wish him all the best for the future.
Dr George Panos
Craig's courage and honesty proves that in spite of what life throws at us, there's always the potential to overcome your fears and create a better life.