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Nick Bracks

Inspirational Speaker, Personal Development, Social Issues

Nick’s early career in the fashion and entertainment industries ultimately led him to his ongoing work in mental health awareness. He earned international modelling contracts and made regular appearances on Australian television as a presenter as well as a personality. During his time on Dancing with the Stars, Nick publicly spoke about his experience with depression and anxiety for the first time.

Nick has advocated alongside some of Australia’s largest mental health-focussed organisations by candidly recounting the mental health issues he has struggled with since age 11, including a particularly difficult period when injury forced an early end to his initial career as a competitive athlete. He has spoken to audiences of 1000+ at schools and corporate events around the country as well as presenting a TED Talk covering how creative and entrepreneurial drive can help combat depression.

One of Nick’s creative outlets is acting. He has completed a full time acting course at Film and Television Studio International with several film credits already to his name. Acting, along with exercise and meditation, are Nick’s foundations for mental health.

In addition to advocacy and acting, Nick has pursued various entrepreneurial projects since earning a Bachelor of Business at RMIT. His business achievements include the launch of his eponymous men’s underwear label, underBRACKS; a successful restaurant venture; co-founding a nutritional supplements company; and co-founding Happy Waves, an app that encompasses Nick’s passion for mental health and wellbeing by helping users find focus, deal with stress, re-energise and be mindful through meditation.

Nick’s professional life and personal development are perfectly intertwined. The result is a prolific and accessible output that others can apply to their own experiences.

 

What other jobs have you had?

I have co-founded various businesses, from clothing to nutritional supplements to a restaurant/café venture.

What themes are recurring in your work?

The main theme that usually comes up is ‘maintaining a healthy balance’ in day-to-day life. I am a big promoter of exercise and meditation, and like to share my insights as often as possible.

What have been the highlights of your career?

Working on PR initiatives with Beyond Blue, Headspace and Movember and seeing the impact this has on people’s lives.

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about health and fitness and promoting this to as many people as possible. I am also passionate about advocating mental health awareness.

Haven’t I seen you before?

I have been on a couple of reality shows….

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

I feel that I have a strong personal story to share, along with some insights that I have picked up along the way and want to use this to help as many people as possible.

Testimonials

Nick is a very honest and engaging speaker, and his courageous speech was well received by our Year 10-12 students.

—Caulfield Grammar School, March 2016

“Nick has been an awesome ambassador for Movember this year. He’s shared his experience with mental health challenges with our community as a guest speaker, in media and even as part of staff training. His willingness to help shine a light on men’s mental health issues is a credit to him. It’s personal stories like Nick’s that help bring to life the causes Movember supports and we thank him for his generous support.”

—Jeremy Macvean, Country Director, Movember Australia

“Having collaborated with Nick I have seen first hand his dedication and passion for making a difference in the mental health and well being space. Nick is well and truly a thought leader within this field.”

—Lachlan Armstrong, CEO, DWS

“Nick Bracks is an inspirational young man with a huge commitment to changing children and young people’s lives. He has been involved with our programme, in one form or another, for over 12 months and has consistently impressed our team with his willingness to learn and grow, as well as the value of the contribution he makes. He has a disarming capacity to transparently ‘tell all’ when recounting some of the poor choices he has made in his life and provides very real examples of how to do things differently when speaking to young people. He has brought many people to tears with his capacity to speak into the promise and possibility that lives in every young person. He provides a very real ‘role model’ to young people of how to take responsibility and make choices that create the kind of life that makes a very real difference in the world.”

—Heather Yelland, Director of Green Super Camp

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