Motivational Speaking


The overwhelming evidence is that mental health conversations don’t work in our schools, universities and workplaces.  People either don’t talk about their mental health or, when they do, it commonly results in stigma or a lack of support. This doesn’t just result in a bad outcome for the individual. It also results in poor organisational outcomes.  More working days are lost to mental health than anything else.  More students are dropping out of university in their first year due to mental health than ever before.  There are more student suicides than ever before.

Through his speech, Jonathan invites the audience to play the role of his boss, teacher, friend, colleague or university tutor.  And in that role your objective is to help him get the support he needs for his condition.

First, you will hear Jonathan’s own emotionally powerful story of his mental health challenges after the death of his son Theo – an experience which left him with post traumatic stress disorder and, eventually, depression.  Then you will explore the impact of this on him and his mental health.


And in doing this you will discover why it is that mental health conversations result in poor outcomes.

In his search for a solution, Jonathan will talk about the fictional experience of Parry, from the film The Fisher King; and he will draw some valuable lessons from this piece of fiction about how we could better handle mental health conversations.

jack, parry and the red knight

Learning lessons from both his real experience and the fictional experience of the film, Jonathan offers a new model in which to have a mental wellness conversation which results in positive outcomes. And it is a model that anyone in the audience can successfully use.

“Using this new framework, people who need support, receive support.  And this is important, because people with mental health challenges – we don’t need support because we are weak, we need support so that we can perform and be effective.  This is win-win; because those who give support, receive productivity, loyalty, less complaints, less grievance and less absence and improved staff or student satisfaction.”

Jonathan Phelan


give them a good listening to

Give Jonathan a good listening to, and you will be able to build a culture of positive mental health conversations in your school, university or workplace.

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