Mental health advocate, 23, takes on world challenge

14 Jul

By Rhiannon Bunting, Bond University Journalism Student

Gold Coaster Nicole Gibson is literally taking on the world in the battle to break the stigma attached to youth and mental health.

The 23-year-old Mental Health Commissioner and CEO set out to ignite global change and expand her understanding of human dynamics, community and wellbeing by touring six countries in three months.

It’s time for me to expand internationally,” she said.

“I wanted to not only expand my own models around community connection globally, I wanted to experience and understand different cultures and systems to examine the diversity of my current work.”

Currently in New York after touring London and Croatia, Ms Gibson said she has already experienced many memorable moments.

Sailing my own boat down the islands in the Mediterranean, off Croatia, with five new friends was a magical moment,” she said.

Ms Gibson is no stranger to travelling after spending 12 months’ road tripping around Australia in her van to facilitate workshops on combatting the stigma of mental health.

Gold Coast resident Mazana Abraham is one of the quarter of a million Australians who have attended Ms Gibson’s workshops and have left inspired.

 After attending the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards earlier in the year, Ms Abraham said she was moved by the the strength and determination of Ms Gibson and was interested to see what she did next.

“What she is doing is something I really aspire to do one day, so to know there is someone out there who is so young, paving the way and bringing such amazing change to people’s lives gives me hope,” she said.

“I can’t wait to see what other great change she brings to the country [and] when she spreads her horizons internationally.”

Ms Gibson, who is the youngest Commissioner for Health in Commonwealth history, is also the CEO of two organisations and has received accolades including the Pride of Australia Inspiration medal and named as one of Australia’s top 100 most influential women under 21.

Ms Gibson’s next stops will be in Peru, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New Zealand and Australia.

For more information visit or you can follow Ms Gibson’s journey on Instagram @nicgibson_.



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