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My name is Bronwyn. I’m a multi award-winning inspirational public speaker, mental health educator, and storyteller also working towards my PhD in Psychology. My passion lies in creating mentally healthy communities and empowering others to take real steps that transform their world.
This passion started from an intense curiosity in what makes people tick, which led to studying a Bachelor of Science majoring in Psychology at the Australian National University. During my studies I experienced severe mental illness, which led to hospitalisation. I was determined to recover, and it was during this process that I realised something: the difficulties I faced in receiving timely and effective treatment don’t have to be the same for other sufferers. I sprung into action and began to devise ways to challenge inequity and injustice through activism, speaking, and writing about mental health. Later, I began to develop my skills as a researcher through my PhD studies, which are currently being undertaken at the University of Western Australia.
Today, I am determined to put a stop to the silence that surrounds mental illness and, in its place, promote community and social inclusion. I have delivered 100+ speeches to over 3,600 people from all walks of life about mental health, effective communication, and psychological science. I’m still no expert by any stretch, but I love using what I have learned so far to better the world we live in.
I am a true believer in the power of the spoken word to drive social change and use this medium to unlock people’s limitless potential.
I currently live on the sunny coast of Western Australia and spend my free time running, singing, and swing dancing.
Bronwyn Milkins is an energetic and inspiring speaker on mental health, also working toward her PhD and Masters degrees in Psychology. She uses her own experiences with mental health challenges as a starting point to empower others with strategies that strengthen mental health. At the heart of everything Bronwyn does is a passion for building mentally healthy, connected communities and inspiring action in others.
She was a finalist for WA Young Community Leader of the Year in 2016, winner of the Act-Belong-Commit Youth Award in 2014, winner of the the University of Western Australia 3-Minute Thesis competition, and joint-winner of the Bryant Stokes Matilda Award for excellence in public speaking. In 2016, Bronwyn was named a ‘Young Social Pioneer’ by the Foundation for Young Australians for her innovative ideas in the mental health space. These awards recognise Bronwyn’s significant contribution to community mental health and excellence in public speaking.
In addition to her professional public speaking, Bronwyn is proud to support Black Dog Institute as a member of their community education team, where she shares her story to increase awareness of mental illness in Australia. She is also an accredited Mental Health First Aid Instructor and is skilled in providing safe and accurate education on a number of sensitive topics.
When she’s not speaking, Bronwyn can be found working on her PhD research at the University of Western Australia. Her research investigates the mechanisms in the brain that cause intrusive, anxious thoughts in people who experience insomnia, with the aim of developing interventions that improve sleep. In her spare time, she loves trail running, singing, and swing dancing.