Queensland Law Society

Minds Count Lecture

5.15–6.30pm | 17 September 2020

Upholding the tradition of an annual Minds Count lecture, Queensland Law Society in partnership with the Bar Association of Queensland are proud to present this important event to shine the spotlight on mental health in the legal profession.

We are pleased to announce Donna Thistlethwaite, mental health and resilience speaker, as our 2020 presenter.

In 2012, the successful career professional and mother told her partner she was going to purchase groceries. Instead, she drove to Brisbane’s Story Bridge and fell 40 metres into the water below in an attempt to end her life. Join us for an affirming story of how life can be good after the darkest of days.

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Professional Skills

Free - Members

This is an exclusive member event. To enquire about Membership, contact the QLS Records and Member Services Team on 07 3842 5805 or records@qls.com.au. 

For more information regarding the Minds Count Lecture, please contact Events Management on 07 3842 5806 or events@qls.com.au with any queries. 

Registration closes 16 September

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Welcome remarks

Cate Heyworth-Smith QC, Barrister, Bar Association of Queensland


The Bridge

In 2012 Donna was a successful corporate human resources professional. She was mentally well and prospering until suddenly she wasn’t. Donna was promoted to a new role and found herself suffering from a major crisis of confidence. This led to an unravelling of her life which culminated in a serious suicide attempt. Donna drove to the Brisbane Story Bridge and jumped 40 metres into the water below.

Today Donna is an accomplished mental health and resilience speaker. She shares her journey and insights to empower and equip people with awareness and strategies to build personal resilience and to create mentally healthier workplaces.

Donna’s presentation will cover:

  • insights from her suicidal crisis
  • understanding mental health
  • how to identify and respond to signs of struggling in ourselves and others
  • six key strategies to increase your personal resilience.
Donna Thistlethwaite, Mental health and resilience speaker


Closing remarks

Noela L'Estrange, Lawyer and Chair, Queensland Law Society Wellbeing Working Group



Donna Thistlewaite

Donna Thistlethwaite

Mental health and resilience speaker

In 2012 Donna experienced a mental health crisis which culminated in a serious suicide attempt. Regarded as an enthusiastic and competent HR professional, her mental health quickly altered when a workplace challenge triggered an unravelling of her life.

Today Donna is an award-winning entrepreneur and an accomplished speaker/trainer on mental health and resilience. She frequently shares her journey and insights to empower and equip leaders and individuals with awareness and strategies to build resilient individuals and teams and mentally healthy workplaces.

Donna is an accredited Mental Health First Aid Instructor and Resilience at Work (R@W) Facilitator. She is also a highly regarded keynote speaker to the corporate and conference market.