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The Bridge - Australian Story

Posted on October 4, 2018 in Mental Health

The Bridge - Australian Story

In 2012 Donna jumped from Brisbane’s Story Bridge in an attempt to end her life. Her actions shocked those who knew her and who regarded her as a competent human resource professional and a friendly, enthusiastic person.  Donna journeyed from breakdown to receiving an ‘Entrepreneur of the Year Award’ in 2016 and found her purpose in career coaching and speaking. As an entrepreneur and speaker, Donna shares her story to help others. Donna’s story was featured on the ABC’s...More

Confronting the borderline of disrespect and bullying

Posted on October 4, 2018 in Mental Health

Confronting the borderline of disrespect and bullying

The borderline between disrespect and bullying or harassment is when negativity becomes habitual, concentrating on one person.  A manager whose snide comment dismisses that you were late because your child was sick, is disrespectful and dismissive.  This one-off throwaway put-down is hurtful, unpleasant and unwarranted. But many might brush this aside.   Continual disrespect requires assertive feedback When a person keeps up disrespectful behaviour, it becomes bullying. Give them...More

What is Liptember?

Posted on August 30, 2018 in Mental Health

What is Liptember?  Liptember is a campaign dedicated to educating the community on women's mental health whilst raising funds towards specific women's mental health research and support programs. Women are asked to purchase a Liptember lipstick from participating retailers and register online, gaining sponsorship for wearing the lipstick throughout the month of September. Funds raised during the month of September are donated to the Centre of Women’s Mental Health, Lifeline, Batyr, RUOK?, The...More


Posted on August 30, 2018 in Mental Health

R U OK? Day is our national day of action dedicated to reminding everyone that any day is the day to ask, “Are you ok?” and support those struggling with life. Taking part can be as simple as learning R U OK?’s four steps so you can have a conversation that could change a life. For more information about R U OK? DAY click here to explore the many resources available for not only the workplace but Schools, UNI/TAFE and the Community in general > Every Day...More

Q&A with Cam Calkoen

Posted on July 31, 2018 in Mental Health

Cam Calkoen visited the Great Expectation team recently. We ask him some questions about his topics and main keynote themes. How do you shape the Big Picture?  I believe ‘the big picture’ comes into our life at a relatively early stage, it’s the ability to dream and imagine what is possible in life. For me I always wanted to live a life where I could travel, entertain and connect with a lot of people, that was my big picture and through experiences (both good and bad) I’ve...More

Mens Health Week

Posted on June 21, 2018 in Mental Health

Graeme Cowan was interviewed by ABCTV breakfast TV during Men's Health Week 2018.  The interview expanded upon why Australian men are so lonely, and why this matters.  The coverage of this important and timely topic has been immense.  In addition to this interview, Graeme was also interviewed on ABC Melbourne radio, ABC Brisbane radio, and on several commercial stations in Queensland, Victoria, and Western Australia.   As you will see from the interview, Graeme am very passionate...More

A Humbling Announcement by lifeline

Posted on May 31, 2018 in Mental Health

In 2000, police officer Daryl Elliott Green was TWICE SHOT in the face and shoulder while investigating a neighbourhood dispute. Despite receiving a 'Valour Award' and a 'Group Bravery Citation', Daryl suffered PTSD for years after the incident. Daryl also underwent more than a dozen surgeries, successfully waged a 10 year battle for criminal compensation, overcame one of his greatest fears (which he speaks about in the film below), was featured in an episode of Australian Story, earned a Master’s...More

Planning an event for Men's Health Week?

Posted on August 29, 2018 in Mental Health

MEN'S HEALTH WEEK 11-17 JUNE 2018 During Men’s Health Week many workplaces and organisations are planning on hosting events to promote the health of men.  This year’s theme “MEN AND FAMILIES – MAKING HEALTHY CONNECTIONS” explores the different ways we support the health and well-being of men and the positive contributions men make. The focus is on healthy connections – explores what these can look like, and how men make and sustain, positive connections at...More

Mental Health Q&A with Paul Spinks

Posted on July 19, 2017 in Mental Health

Mental Health Q&A with Paul Spinks

With so many pressures and expectations upon us, stress is on the rise. An estimated 80% of all emergency department admissions  - are now stress related. We asked Advanced Care Paramedic and Keynote Speaker Paul Spinks, some key questions about mental health. This Q&A session provides an insight into our current stress levels and its consequences. Perhaps most importantly, Paul discusses his ideas on how we can turn these alarming mental health statistics around, and create the change...More

The secret to an agile, fast learning, and resilient team

Posted on May 24, 2017 in Mental Health

Every organisation Graeme Cowan speaks to is trying to do more with less, faster than they did before. This requires the capacity to try many things, fail a lot, learn quickly, and adopt the successful ideas fast. So what is the secret to an agile, fast learning and resilient tribe? Below Graeme comments on this fascinating topic. Amy Edmondson, a Harvard Business School Professor, and Google have a surprising finding....   In 1998 I was working in executive search and I remember one of my...More