With a passion focused on the Mental Health solution of Social Connection, Tony McManus shares tips and observations that not only point individuals into the right direction to seek help but can also be used to help companies and organisations become employers of choice through simple strategies that help Work Life balance.
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Testimonials for Tony McManus
We used Tony to present a series of 1 hour workshops on Mental Health Awareness to our workforce. We wanted sessions that would resonate with a wide range of employees. The sessions were designed to create a greater level of awareness around the issue of Mental Health and to destigmatise the issue. We also wanted employees to know how to better manager stressors in life and the workplace, and to encourage people to ask for assistance. We chose Tony because we felt he would relate well to our workforce. He speaks from personal experience with a compelling personal story of his own struggles and successes. He approaches the subject in a practical 'down to earth way' rather than using a purely academic approach. Tony's passion and experience with the subject of mental health shows through in his presentations.
General Manager, McHarry's Buslines Pty. Ltd.
This was our first event, and I am so glad that we had Tony as our guest speaker. It was a big success and I have already received excellent feedback from my colleagues. Although mental health is a serious topic, Tony managed to make it really enjoyable and interesting for our team. He has a wonderful, down-to-earth approach which makes it easy to connect with him. Tony had the right content and the right approach for our company. He showed a genuine passion for what he does, and he went to great efforts to personalise the presentation to our needs, which I really appreciated. I really enjoyed the Q & A session at the end of the presentation. It is a true measure of the trust and credibility of a guest speaker when team members open up and ask personal questions. We could not be happier, and I will be happy to recommend Tony to other organisations.
Analyst Information Technology, Australia Post
Just a short note to thank you for the recent presentation to our guys. This was well received and the feedback has been very positive. We have received an email from an employee’s wife informing us that they have faced some struggles, and thanking us for the recognition, care and understanding. Another employee has personally thanked Vic and praised the company for this initiative whilst at the same time acknowledging that he has also faced struggles. The Company’s recognition and acceptance that Men’s Mental Health is very real, widespread, and, that it affects a lot of people, has served as a catalyst and encouraged this particular employee to take the final step, and seek help – he was very appreciative. I am sure there are many more – thanks again - great result.
Managing Director Draper's
Thanks for your presentations to SRW over the last couple of days. I know we were very quiet on the questions. However you did have an impact – one of our staff (Tim, who spoke to you) decided to send this open letter to all our staff today. Tim tells me that he’s had a huge response to this letter in the last couple of hours, and he was happy for me to send the letter through to you. Every little bit counts!
Manager Communications Southern Rural Water
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Tony McManus's Biography
Tony McManus’ keynote presentation shares a very personal story about rising up from the devastating loss of a family member into a number of simple life saving stories and strategies that are having a positive impact on Australia’s Mental Health crisis.
With a passion focused on the Mental Health solution of Social Connection, Tony shares tips and observations that not only point individuals into the right direction to seek help but can also be used to help companies and organisations become employers of choice through simple strategies that help Work Life balance.
Tony McManus has an extensive involvement with organisations across a diverse range of sectors. These roles have ranged from committee member to chairman and have allowed him to develop skills and understand the intricacies involved in establishing and maintaining relationships between not-for-profits and community groups that he has been associated with and the corporate and Government sector. He focuses on identifying strategic mutual benefits and win / win outcomes. Tony passionately promotes the Mental Health Solution of Social Connection through Mentoring and Volunteering via his Facebook page.
Being an alumni of the Committee for Geelong’s Leaders for Geelong programs, sharpened his focus on the needs and issues that impact on what is required to make a difference towards improving a local communities social, economic, cultural and environmental quality of life.
After his brother Mick took his own life, a passion in helping others deal with Mental Health issues began and has resulted in among other thing’s the successful lobbying of the Geelong and Hawthorn football clubs to play annually for the AFL beyondblue Cup as a vehicle to promote awareness about and reduce stigma in the community about Depression. He was also a part of the AFL 2017 Premier’s the Western Bulldogs Sons Of The West Mens Health Project. He helped to launch beyondblue’s Blue Collar worker focussed Davo’s – Man Therapy campaign. He has been appointed as a National Ambassador for beyondblue and is a Community Ambassador for RU OK?
A sought after speaker at all levels of the community for beyondblue and RU OK? across South East Australia, he is at ease dealing with workers in an industrial shed “tool box” environment, community leaders or captains of industry in a boardroom setting and conference or seminar. His story telling creates empathy and empowers members of his audiences to share their mental health issues with others and simplifies the key questions about seeking help. Females gain a better understanding of what their partner may be experiencing.
A member of the CEO Institute (Certified CEO) for over 15 years he has an incredible list of personal contacts in peak bodies and a wide range of medium to large businesses.
His work has been reported in the Sunday Age, ABC TV and Radio and a number of times in the Geelong Advertiser. He is a regular guest on 93.9 BayFM and was a nominee for the inaugural Australian Mental Health Prize in 2016.
Tony’s key achievements:
Conceived and initiated the introduction of the AFL’s beyondblue Cup between Geelong and Hawthorn. Now played Nationally across all levels in Australia.
Mental Health Advocate who focuses on the importance of Social Connection as a Mental Health Solution and also a simple Corporate Social Responsibility outcome.
Founder of Connect 2 Grow. Highlighting how ordinary people are doing extraordinary things though Volunteering and Mentoring. 2016 Nominee Aust. Mental Health Prize
His work has been reported in the Sunday Age, ABC TV and Radio and a number of times in the Geelong Advertiser. He is a regular guest on 93.9 BayFM
National Ambassador of beyondblue, Community Ambassador of RU OK?, Founder of a successful Community Bank, “Bollies” Geelong Community Business Award winner.
Appeared in The Project on Channel 10’s story about a “Veteran’s Final Resting Place” as a spin off from a Volunteer Tourism project in Papua New Guinea.
Speaking Topics Include
Solving a WW2 mystery whilst on a Volunteer Tourism Project
How engaging in a Volunteer Tourism Project as a Mental Health solution on a remote “Gilligan’s Island” off the North West of PNG is closing the final chapter of a tragic WW2 event
Simple minimal cost strategies to Volunteer your way to happiness
Social Connection as a highly effective Mental Health solution. Using the mantra “the best exercise that you can do is to help someone else who is down to get up”
It's not all about work! The other side of the Work Life Balance equation
Reducing presenteeism through simple strategies that help you become an employer of choice who has a strong community profile
Creating an environment where it is ok to say “I am not ok”
Getting on the front foot to increase awareness and reduce the stigma associated with tackling the Black Dog
Team Building To Create A Premiership Team
Applying the Geelong Cats (3 recent AFL Grand Finals) and Costa Groups (one of Australia’s largest wholesale distributors and exporters of fresh fruit and vegetables) Core Value strategies to an SME to create a winning team.