Joe Brooks Keynote Abstract

Joe Brooks

Joe Brooks is a young podiatrist working in Hobart. In his talk he will discuss his mental health journey from the lows of his first panic attack at primary school and almost breaking down in front of a patient to the highs of walking the Kokoda track to raise money for beyond blue. He will also touch on the great services that Beyond Blue provide to make sure that you are healthy so you can provide health advice for patients. Joe thinks mental health awareness is important and hopes that sharing his story will help people seek the help they deserve and break down stigma surrounding mental health.


Joe Brooks is a young podiatrist working in private practice where he enjoys helping people. He is a Hobart boy but moved away and since returned to be closer to his young nieces and nephews.

Joe is a volunteer speaker for beyondblue, a national organisation that works to raise awareness about anxiety and depression, reduce the associated stigma and encourage people to get help.

Joe became a beyondblue speaker because he wants to work towards reducing the stigma associated

with mental health, especially in young men. Sharing his own story helps break down misconceptions about mental health and also helps himself and others to accept their condition and get the help they need.

Joe’s interests include eating good food with good people and having a laugh. He is sports mad and lives his life by the motto ‘life is too short for bad coffee’.

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