Speaker Profile

Simon Gillard

PHN advisory board, Ambassador, PTSD & suicide prevention lived experience presenter, Bestselling Author
Simon was a NSW Police Officer for 16 years before being invalided out of the force with Complex PTSD. He attained the rank of Detective Sergeant investigating major crime throughout Sydney. Simon systemically formed Depression and identity crisis, having a number of suicide attempts. In 2015, Simon found his life meaning, passion and purpose again, to help others. He has presented to thousands across the country sharing his lived experience and research for PTSD, depression, anxiety, identity crisis, culture change, stigma movement, suicide prevention, addiction and the importance of early intervention. He provides the important messages of hope, resilience and recovery to ultimately inspire, educate and save lives. Simon is a bestselling author, his first book, ’Life Sentence - A Police Officers Battle with PTSD’ was published by Penquin Random House - May 2017. Simon is also a mental health and addiction advisor to the ‘Primary Health Network’ (PHN), Ambassador for ‘R U Ok?’ & ‘Australian Rotary Health’. He is a volunteer speaker and presenter for ‘beyondblue’ and the ‘Blackdog Institute’. He has featured in many different forms of media, such as television interviews, a Canadian Documentary on PTSD, radio, magazines, newspapers and worldwide podcasts to share his key messages.

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