Best-selling author and The Resilience Project founder Hugh van Cuylenburg is on his way to Geelong next month.
Van Cuylenburg will stop at Costa Hall on July 11 to share positive mental health strategies, by unpacking research and breaking it down into simple tips to improve wellbeing.
The visit is part of a national tour, which has sold out in previous years, according to promoters.
The former primary school teacher has been working in mental health since a trip to live and volunteer in a village in northern India in 2008.
“In this desert community, there was no running water, no electricity and no beds; everyone slept on the floor of their hut,” he said.
“Despite the fact these people had very little to call their own, I was continually blown away by how happy they were.”
The experience inspired a journey of post graduate study to find out why, which he said led to “some pretty simple conclusions” about how Australians could be happier.
He now teaches these simple and practical evidence-based mental health strategies to help build resilience and happiness.
Van Cuylenburg has partnered with the Australian cricket, netball and soccer teams, NRL and AFL teams, and presented in more than 1000 schools and 500 workplaces.
The mental health advocate is also the best-selling author of The Resilience Project: Finding Happiness Through Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness, which sold 100,000 copies in 2020.