"ONE OF THE MOST RECOGNISABLE FACES IN MENTAL HEALTH"
LEADING FROM THE HEART
Mitch Wallis is a leader in the Millennial generation with a lifelong mission to empower others to overcome suffering and re-imagine the healing potential of the mind through the power of storytelling, conversation & living with authenticity.
Growing up in Sydney, Mitch lived a very “normal” and privileged life. He was fortunate enough to join Microsoft as an intern when he was 19, the youngest person in the company at the time. After 5 years working in Australia, Mitch was promoted to Microsoft HQ in Seattle USA as global product marketing manager for ‘Surface’ where he led some of the biggest launches in the hardware space for the tech giant.
However, that wasn’t the full story. His inside life wasn’t the perfect Instagram moment. Since the age of 7 years old, Mitch has suffered a lifelong battle with debilitating anxiety, OCD, panic attacks, dissociation and depression which has seem him contemplating taking his life. In 2016, he broke down completely, leaving him unable to continue his life as he knew it. His life crumbled around him. He thought it was all over.
On the 30th May 2017, Mitch released a video of his story, in the hope that someone out there would feel understood and feel less alone by his unexpected yet painfully relatable journey. Within 1 week the video reached over 1 million people and started a global Movement called Heart On My Sleeve where people all around the world began drawing and tattooing hearts on their arm and sharing their story. Heart On My Sleeve is now one of the fastest growing mental health organisations in Australia.
Mitch now devotes himself fulltime to helping solve the single biggest issue facing his generation – mental health. Mitch is a serial well-being entrepreneur. He is the founder of REAL Mates - a mental health peer-support organisation that trains, accredits & matches help seekers with help givers in a whole new way through emotional intelligence & conversation up-skilling programs. He trains leaders & staff from top multi-national companies on how to lean in to the tough conversations. He is also the founder of Calm Water - a relaxation drink company that relieves stress and anxiety. There are many other initiatives to come...
He was appointed the first ever ambassador for the Australia & New Zealand Mental Health association, and has been named a Westfield Local Hero in their annual awards. He was appointed a board of director position at SuperFriend – the mental health body of Australia’s Superannuation Industry, and has presented at the 19th Annual International Psychology Conference. He has interviewed the likes of Miss Universe Australia, Osher Günsberg & Ruby Wax. He has featured across Sky News, Channel 10’s The Project, and recognised by GQ Magazine as a Man of Influence Shaping Society as part of their 2019 Gentleman's Ball Issue. Mitch has spoken at/is working with – some of the most recognised companies in the country including American Express, KPMG, Google and dozens more.
Mitch has a Masters of Psychology degree from Columbia University in New York and a Bachelors degree in Commerce from the University of Sydney. He has done specialised study under leading global psychology teachers including Harvard’s Dr Dan Brown and UCLA’s Dr Dan Siegel. He is accredited in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) and is a trained Lifeline Crisis Support phone operator. He has almost 20,000 followers on social media. He is writing a book called "7 ways to coping" (publishing 2021) and hosts a weekly podcast called "UNDERSTOOD with Mitch Wallis".
In his spare time, Mitch is a DJ, certified yoga teacher, boxer, meditation junkie, fashion tragic, pasta enthusiast, tattoo lover, writer and socialite. Family & friends are the most important thing in his life. He has visited more than 20 countries to-date, represented Sydney in squash, and completed the NY marathon. His proudest achievement is doing a handstand whilst beat boxing in front of Cara Delevingne in Brooklyn NY at 3am in front of a hot dog stand.
"One of the most deeply relatable, relevant & raw stories of his generation”
IN THE MEDIA
Mitch has featured on most major news networks for his work in mental health
THE PROJECT - CHANNEL 10
DAILY TELEGRAPH - MOSMAN DAILY
MITCH WEARS HEART ON HIS SLEEVE
BRILLIANT, beautiful and once broken: Mosman’s Mitch Wallis dared to share his mental health story with the world and is on a mission to empower others to do the same.
TRIPLE J - THE HACK
SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
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