Worklink's Annual Stress Less Day Luncheon


The luncheon, celebrated during Mental Health Week, is a great networking opportunity while creating awareness and reducing the stigma associated to mental illness. Annually this event is well supported by the Cairns community with between 350 and 400 people attending.


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For the past 15 years Worklink has held a National Stress Less Day Luncheon during Mental Health Week. The luncheon is attended by the business community and their employees, mental health professionals, community based organisations, Worklink's staff and jobseekers. 


In 2017 Dr Karl Kruszelnicki impressed the auidence with a lunch full of proven facts and explainations for the everyday. The lunch was filled with laughter and lived up to the name of Stress Less! 


In 2016 Mary Coustas, well known for her beloved character Effie, gave us a warm and personal account of her life challenges and how she has been able to overcome them by holding onto her dream.


In 2015 Turia Pitt, former ultramarathon runner, told us her story of recovery after experiencing the life altering event of being caught in a bush fire while competing in an ultramarathron


In 2014 we met Ben Cryan, a former Cairns man describing his own traumatic journey and his struggle for life.


In 2013, Father Chris Riley AM, 2012 NSW Australian of the year, founder and CEO of Youth off the Streets, author and inspiring speaker as guest speaker.

Feel free to watch the 2013 Stress Less Day Video


In 2012, Hayley Lewis, Olympic Champion and host of The Biggest Loser (Australia) was guest speaker at the luncheon which attracted over 300 guests at the Cairns Convention Centre.


In 2011, Mike Munro, successful journalist, was guest speaker at the luncheon which attracted 400 guests at the Cairns Convention Centre.  Mike's speech was on how he overcame adversity in his childhood years to become the success he is today.


In 2010, 450 people had lunch with Garry McDonald, famous for his acting roles in 'Mother and Son" and as Norman Gunston.  Garry who battles anxiety and depression is also a mental health advocate.  Garry spoke about how depression and anxiety ruled his life and shared his story on recovery.


In 2009, Dr Jonathon Welch from the Choir of Hope and Inspiration (formally known as the Choir of Hard Knocks) spoke to 300 people at the Sebel Cairns about his work with the choir and his own battles with depression.  Jonathon delighted the audience with an array of songs.