Craig Hamilton

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Leading mental health advocate, keynote presenter, author

Craig Hamilton was a high-profile sports broadcaster for the ABC when, in September 2000, on the eve of his assignment for the Sydney Olympic Games, he experienced a major psychotic episode in public that led to him being diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Craig spent 12 days in hospital and once he recovered, set out to create awareness of mental health and also break down the stigma that surrounds those that suffer from mental health issues. He has since become one of Australia’s most high profile and most sought-after speakers on mental health awareness, lifestyle, overcoming adversity and work/life balance.

Today Craig leads a very busy and fulfilling life. As well his role as the presenter of Saturday Morning Breakfast for ABC Newcastle Radio, he travels widely, telling his story in the hope that others will open up and tell theirs. He has made around 400 appearances as a mental health advocate in front of audiences from big city executives to desperate rural survivors in dusty townships. In sharing his story and experiences he offers hope to others.

Craig is just one of the 800,000 Australians who each year suffers from the insidious illness, depression. His goal is to encourage sufferers (particularly men) and their families to break the conspiracy of silence, step forward and seek help.

Craig’s acclaimed memoir Broken Open published in 2004 gives a very personal account of living with Bipolar Disorder and was chosen by SANE Australia as its 2005 book of the year.

In July 2012, Craig’s second book, A Better Life, co-written with Will Swanton, was published. It acknowledges his own illness and how he manages it, but also tells how other public figures like Andrew Johns, Garry McDonald, Jessica Rowe and Wally Lewis are dealing with mental illness to live as normal and fulfilling a life as possible.

Craig Hamilton has covered Rugby League, Rugby Union and cricket at international level as a commentator. He is a well-known member of the Grandstand Rugby League commentary and has worked on the past 17 Grand Finals, State of Origin series and a number of Test Matches.

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Craig Hamilton

Leading mental health advocate, keynote presenter, author

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Craig Hamilton

Leading mental health advocate, keynote presenter, author

Craig Hamilton was a high-profile sports broadcaster for the ABC when, in September 2000, on the eve of his assignment for the Sydney Olympic Games, he experienced a major psychotic episode in public that led to him being diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Craig spent 12 days in hospital and once he recovered, set out to create awareness of mental health and also break down the stigma that surrounds those that suffer from mental health issues. He has since become one of Australia’s most high profile and most sought-after speakers on mental health awareness, lifestyle, overcoming adversity and work/life balance.

Today Craig leads a very busy and fulfilling life. As well his role as the presenter of Saturday Morning Breakfast for ABC Newcastle Radio, he travels widely, telling his story in the hope that others will open up and tell theirs. He has made around 400 appearances as a mental health advocate in front of audiences from big city executives to desperate rural survivors in dusty townships. In sharing his story and experiences he offers hope to others.

Craig is just one of the 800,000 Australians who each year suffers from the insidious illness, depression. His goal is to encourage sufferers (particularly men) and their families to break the conspiracy of silence, step forward and seek help.

Craig’s acclaimed memoir Broken Open published in 2004 gives a very personal account of living with Bipolar Disorder and was chosen by SANE Australia as its 2005 book of the year.

In July 2012, Craig’s second book, A Better Life, co-written with Will Swanton, was published. It acknowledges his own illness and how he manages it, but also tells how other public figures like Andrew Johns, Garry McDonald, Jessica Rowe and Wally Lewis are dealing with mental illness to live as normal and fulfilling a life as possible.

Craig Hamilton has covered Rugby League, Rugby Union and cricket at international level as a commentator. He is a well-known member of the Grandstand Rugby League commentary and has worked on the past 17 Grand Finals, State of Origin series and a number of Test Matches.

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