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Donna Thistlethwaite Travels from Brisbane, QLD

Donna Thistlethwaite


  • Female Speaker
  • Inspirational
  • Mental Health
  • Motivational
  • Personal Development
  • Resilience

Donna Thistlethwaite experienced a mental health crisis in 2012 that culminated in jumping from Brisbane’s Story Bridge in an attempt to end her life. Today she is an award-winning entrepreneur and accomplished speaker, sharing her journey and insights to empower and equip individuals and leaders with awareness and strategies to create resilient individuals and teams.

Donna’s story is a great fit for any organisational looking to inspire staff and build resilience through proven and practical, easy-to-implement, strategies.

Her presentations create awareness of mental health risks and inspire individuals to positively manage their wellbeing.

Donna is very much aware of the statistics surrounding mental health, and actively works with organisations to create a long-term positive change. It has been established that wellness programs can generate an ROI of 2.3+ for businesses. Poor mental health is a significant risk for organisations, costing the economy $11B per year. 20% of Australians experience a mental health condition each year, 45% in their lifetime, and eight Australians attempt suicide every hour.

The impact of mental health on families, the companies that employ these people and the broader community is significant. Donna's keynote presentations raise awareness, inspire the audience and offer effective strategies to reduce the risk of a mental health crisis.

Your audience will be profoundly and positively impacted by Donna's keynote. They will realise that their current and future challenges are surmountable and will take away effective strategies to build their capacity at work, and in life. Such discussions will result in a reduction in stigma, that is often attached to the mental health topic in the workplace.

Keynote Titles

  • Thrive: Six Strategies for Success
  • We Need to Talk
  • The Bridge


Donna is a wonderful storyteller and public speaker – helping to bring a long overdue focus to ensuring we all look after our mental health and well-being. She does so with sensitivity, humour, and a genuine care for all. A truly inspiring woman.


Donna’s ability to tell her story and transition from one chapter of her life to the next was seamless – her story captivated her audience, and was thoroughly engaging and very thought provoking. Her message is powerful and resonated with many people for many different reasons.

Energy Queensland Limited

Donna uses her lived experience to provide the key tools, insights and strategies that build the resilience of individuals, organisations and communities to create and enjoy fulfilling lives.

Enliven Consulting


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