This exciting event is to be held on Wednesday 10th October, World Mental Health Day in Toowoomba, Southeast Queensland.

This event aims to share, promote and propagate the conversation about mental health in a relaxed, entertaining and engaging manner. 

Lifeline Darling Downs and South West Qld Ltd have been chosen as the beneficiaries of this event.


The erstwhile team behind the Unleash the Beast Writing and Wellbeing Symposium,

on behalf of Lifeline Darling Downs and South West Qld Ltd 

requests your consideration to sponsor this inaugural event, with over fifty writers and speakers in conversation for one amazing day.

A note from Derek Tuffield, CEO Lifeline Darling Downs & South West Qld Ltd

It gives me great pleasure to invite your business to become a sponsor of the “Unleash the Beast Writing and Wellbeing Symposium” to be held on Wednesday 10 October 2018.

The Unleash the Beast organising committee, with the support of the Toowoomba Regional Council and the Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce, is bringing amazing authors from all over Australia to Toowoomba for a writing and wellbeing symposium. It provides writers with an opportunity to share their stories about how mental health affects us as individuals, as families and as a community.

An aspirational program has been designed to be as inclusive as possible. We will boldly delve into the issues surrounding domestic violence, obesity and retirement, whilst offering content specifically for men, women, adolescents, children and parents, not forgetting big picture issues for those living in regional and remote areas, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. 

If one in five* adults experience mental health issues, then the remaining four out of five adults need to know how to support our families, and members in our workplace, our children’s schools and our community groups.  

This event will also raise money to assist Lifeline Darling Downs and South West Qld Ltd (LDDSWQL) in providing free confidential professional counselling services for anyone in need.

Lifeline Darling Downs and South West Qld Ltd works tirelessly as a responsive and accessible community-based organisation engaging with individuals, families and communities to develop their skills and resilience to facilitate positive change.

Lifeline Darling Downs and South West Qld Ltd – Vision for 2020 

We see a future of people living more engaged and fulfilling lives throughout our region by:

·      Strengthening community participation and resilience

·      More individuals, families and communities achieving an increased sense of wellbeing

·      Increasing our engagement with at-risk groups

·      Helping to reduce rates of suicide in our region

·      Maintaining a state of readiness to respond to natural disasters via our Community Recovery capabilities

·      Ensuring our practices and systems are responsive to community needs and expectations

“People will always be our focus”

Donations in support of Unleash the Beast that are tax-deductible (if more than $2.00) can be made out to “Lifeline Darling Downs and South West Queensland Limited. Donations can also be made online by visiting



52 authors and speakers, one amazing day...

Bringing authors and speakers from all over Australia to Toowoomba, the symposium will provide writers the opportunity to share their own stories about how mental health affects us as individuals, as families and as a community. 

This list is just a sample of the panel chosen for this inaugural event.

Allan Sparkes, CV, OAM, VA, is one of Australia's most highly decorated citizens. The holder of Australia's highest bravery decoration, the Cross of Valour (CV), the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) The Commendation for Brave Conduct and other significant awards for bravery and service. 

Nutritionist, author and chef, Emma Ellice-Flint is passionate about making a difference to people’s lives through nutrition. Bursting with knowledge and health tips, she loves sharing this through talks and workshops, especially digestive wellness and it’s associated mood connection, topics close to her heart.

Commander Grant Edwards possesses over 32 years of policing experience at the local, national and international level. He has worked in the transnational crime areas of counter terrorism, international organised crime, drug trafficking, people smuggling, human trafficking, Child Exploitation and Cyber Crime. 

Sue Mackey is Practice Manager of a large psychology practice in Geelong. Prior to working in the psychology field she was a nurse educator in ICU. Diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer in 2013, Sue found herself drawing upon positive psychology strategies to guide her through treatment and surgeries that spanned two years. 

Alyssa Azar is no stranger to setting scary goals, building a plan to achieve those goals and then taking action.She has overcome setbacks, obstacles and challenges in her many adventures to date starting from crossing the Kokoda Track at just 8 years old, to having climbed the highest mountains in Australia, South America, Africa, Russia and Nepal – which ultimately saw her become the youngest Australian to summit Mount Everest at just 19 years old.

Peter FitzSimons is a well-respected columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald and Sun-Herald, speaks four languages,  co-hosted radio shows with Mike Carlton and Doug Mulray, interviewed famous people around the globe from George Bush to Diego Maradona and written 25 best-selling books.

This event is proudly supported by Toowoomba Regional Council, the Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce and the Toowoomba Chronicle.







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