Joel Clapham shares his personal mental health story, as well as his top tips for good mental health and wellbeing.

As a former senior executive-turned-professional storyteller and comedian with national tours of two solo shows to his name , Joel has been presenting and speaking with audiences of all sizes and backgrounds for many years.

If you’re looking for someone with lived experience of mental ill-health, the highs of success and the lows of despair, and a raw humanity and warmth that puts people at ease, Joel is the perfect person to engage.

Delivered in 30 and 60 minute versions.

Joel was recommended to me as a relatable speaker on mental health who says it like it is, but with some humour. Thus, we recently engaged Joel at Frontier to talk to our team about R U OK Day and share his personal story.

Joel was genuine, heartfelt, vulnerable, encouraging and self-deprecatingly humorous all at the same time. Our team connected with his story and testament to this was how many questions came from the crowd. All of which he answered with care and compassion.

Joel gave us all cause for reflection, gratitude, empathy to others and was an engaging speaker who captivated us all. 

He is a role model who provides strategies to help us through the darkness and demonstrates that there is no shame in being vulnerable.

Nicole Hartigan

Head of People & Culture, Frontier

With the recent uncertainty in the world, for many people the effect has laid heavy on their mental health. Spark Green + Yoke wanted to further support and give back to their team, so we invited Joel to share his story with us.

With his wit, light humour and poise, Joel had our staff intrigued, laughing and at some parts with misty eyes. His ability to share his journey and experiences, and how these have all shaped him, his family and his career, helped our team better understand the impact of mental ill-health and how it affects everyone in so many ways.

Thank you Joel for your candour, your humour and showing us that we have the ability to take our emotional stories and speak our truth.

If you haven’t had the pleasure of hearing Joel’s story, I suggest you get on to him.

Sharon Nelson

Director, Spark Green + Yoke

A wonderfully crafted story of life, love, male role models, parenting, suicide, survival, family and resilience.

The story of one bloke learning to be a man and the importance of connecting, talking and being open to others and one’s self.

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll make a new friend and learn that you’re never alone.

SANE Australia

Joel delivered an engaging and heartfelt keynote presentation to our recent International Summit that aligned perfectly with our event brief.

Joel was professional, punctual and able to quickly build a sense of connection and rapport with the audience through his storytelling.

Shannon Anderson

CEO, Mental Health First Aid International

Joel Clapham is a wonderful advocate for mental health. He is open about his own struggles and isn’t afraid to discuss difficult topics.

Generous with his knowledge and time, his insights and practical advice have been invaluable for our audiences.

He’s articulate and a terrific performer, both on camera and as a speaker. He’s also approachable and professional. It’s been an absolute pleasure to work with him!

Lisa Annese

Chief Executive Officer, Diversity Council Australia

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