Opening keynote speaker
New Zealander of the Year and mental health advocate, Mike King
We are proud to present mental health advocate and New Zealander of the Year Mike King to Crazy & Ambitious 2 as our opening keynote speaker.
A former comedian, Mike will use his dynamic and unique style to talk about the connection between wellbeing and nature. This link is close to our hearts at the BioHeritage Challenge as we strive to empower all New Zealanders to help protect Aotearoa New Zealand’s environment.
In a past life, Mike was one of Aotearoa’s most well-known entertainers, but that role has changed dramatically since the conception of the radio show The Nutters Club back in 2009. The show evolved from Mike’s own experience of mental illness and addiction and has become a huge success with it now airing weekly on Newstalk ZB on a Sunday evening.
These days Mike is better known for his work as a prominent mental health educator and Ambassador for The Key to Life Charitable Trust, which aims to reverse the population trends of depression and suicide by effecting positive social change.
Mike’s uses an unorthodox approach when talking to youth and wider communities sharing his struggles with his inner critic and allowing people to recognise that everyone has problems and it is okay to ask for help.
Although suicide prevention is the big picture, Mike doesn’t actively discuss it choosing to concentrate on delivering a hopeful message and connecting people, services and resources within the community.
Mike’s work is invaluable to the Trust and his passion and dedication is unwavering. Whether it be mentoring young men and women on a one to one basis, or visiting schools, Mike is always delivering his message of hope in some way or another.