Graeme Cowan is one of Australia’s leading speakers and authors in the area of mental health at work and is a frequently sought-out expert opinion on the causes of workplace stress and stress management in the workplace, mental health awareness and managing change in the workplace. He has worked with elite level athletes, the armed forces and business professionals of all levels.
Year after year mental health at work continues to be a massive challenge in the business environment and the changing economy brings a different set of hurdles each time. But one thing seems to remain constant: No matter the external economic conditions, managing health and wellbeing in the workplace greatly increases your performance and ultimately, your profitability.
Keynote and Inspirational Speaking
Graeme is obsessed with helping to create robust cultures that thrive. Best known for his award-winning BACK FROM THE BRINK book series and the report Best Practice in Managing Mental Health in the Workplace, he is also a Director of R U OK? Day and the creator of R U OK? at Work.
Having spent most of his life as a senior executive for organisations like Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Morgan & Banks and AT Kearney, Graeme Cowan’s life hit a seemingly insurmountable roadblock in 2000, when he was diagnosed with severe depression.
Five years and numerous hard setbacks and decisions later, Graeme emerged not only with the bestselling book BACK FROM THE BRINK to his name, but also with a new attitude towards the traditional ways that companies and individuals approach adversity.
His second book won a national mental health award, and he is also the author of the report “Best Practice in Managing Mental Health in the Workplace” which shows the quantitative benefits of building corporate resilience. His knowledge is based on interviewing over 3000 people to understand their bounce factor, combined with exhaustive evidence based research. This confluence of practice and theory has changed the paradigm on how to turn adversity into an inspired and meaningful life.
Tens of thousands of people from around the world have benefited from this knowledge through seeing him in person, in the media, reading his books, or via webinars. He has presented to diverse groups ranging from the leadership team of multinational organisations to people immobilised by the dual diagnosis of cancer and depression.
Graeme is also the director of R U OK? at Work, an initiative of R U OK? Day, the national suicide prevention campaign.
Graeme comes across as the “ordinary guy”, with deep authenticity and fascinating stories from his travels to 48 countries. Despite experiencing many diverse cultures he observes more “oneness” than “difference” in people. To paraphrase Ralph Waldo Emerson, "it is not how many times you fall that counts, but how high you bounce, that ultimately determines your performance and fulfilment".