The Australia Day Ambassadors for 2018 have been announced, with Cowra Shire Council to be represented by motivational speaker and mental health advocate, Mr Nic Newling.
Mr Newling is an outspoken advocate for mental health, suicide prevention, and sharing personal stories. Having lived through the experience of suffering with a mood disorder throughout high school and losing his brother to suicide, he has since dedicated himself to changing the way mental illness is addressed in schools, workplaces, and communities.
He has reached millions of people through television, live talks, radio, print, online, documentaries, and eHealth programs. He strives to make a continuing positive impact utilising sharing and listening to encourage helpful, unscripted conversations around mental health, suicide prevention, and getting the most out of life.
Mr Newling counts himself fortunate, lucky, and grateful to have received familial, peer, and professional support allowing him to recover and heal through his turbulent teen years. It has since enabled him to focus his attention on sharing directly to young people, families, workplaces, and professionals, and the broader public.
Growing up in Sydney, he now calls New York home and continues to travel the world speaking and sharing.
Each year, the Australia Day Ambassador Program sees more than 150 inspirational Australians take part in local council Australia Day celebrations, speaking about what it truly means to be Australian at events across NSW.
Mr Newling will present Cowra's Awards Day Awards at Cowra's Australia Day celebrations on Friday 26 January 2018.