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Donna Thistlethwaite Travels from Brisbane, QLD

Donna Thistlethwaite


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

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 professional speaking. As an entrepreneur and speaker, Donna shares her story to help others.

Donna’s story is a great fit with any organisational looking to inspiring staff and build resilience through proven and practical strategies. 

Her presentations create awareness of mental health risks and inspires individuals to positively manage their wellbeing. This in turn, enhances an organisation's competitive advantage by developing stronger, more cohesive and resilient teams who operate effectively in times of change. 

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

  • We Need to Talk
  • Floundering to Flourishing
  • Confidently You


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