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April- June 2019 sees Narelle in Santa Barbara, California, sharing insights on Australia both professionally and personally.  Open to volunteering in Santa Barbara. Phone number in SB is 818 877 8126, email is always

‘i talk mental health’ Principal, Narelle Wickham, is a highly experienced and uniquely qualified clinician and trainer with both Narelle italkinternational and National experience, including time spent at the World Health Organization (Geneva) and briefly as a volunteer at  a specific youth suicide prevention program in NYC.  Narelle has outstanding post-graduate qualifications (including a Masters of Adolescent Mental Health and a Masters of Forensic Mental Health) in addition to a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Narelle has a wealth of clinical expertise including mental health assessments in the NSW Children’s Court diverting young people under the relevant legislation from the criminal justice system to the health care system.  Narelle has worked both as a clinician on the Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team (CATT) in Canberra and as a Case Manager.

Narelle is passionate about training and in 2013 took up the role of the ACT Coordinator of MindMatters, the highly regarded Commonwealth funded mental health professional development program for High School teachers. In 2014, Narelle decided to combine these 2 areas of skill and passion and launch “i talk mental health”.  Narelle has trained over 15000 teachers in the ACT alone and her PD’s are often sold out.  

Narelle is able to travel nationally and internationally to deliver training.

2010    Masters of Forensic Mental Health, University of NSW. UNSW

2004    Masters of Adolescent Mental Health, NSW Institute of Psychiatry

2002    Bachelor of Social Work, Australian Catholic University

2000    Graduate Diploma in Adolescent Health & Welfare, Melbourne University 

2013    Certificate IV Training and Assessment, Plenty Training


Narelle has presented twilight session sand workshops to St Francis Xavier College staff and parents- on personal wellbeing, adolescent mental health and parenting adolescents. Her no nonsense and down-to-earth style of presentation has been engaging and informative.  Narelle’s vast experience in the area of mental health and adolescent issues provides a sound basis from which she is able to answer questions and provide expert information to those attending her workshops or PD.  We would absolutely recommend Narelle’s PD to any school wanting to increase their knowledge of adolescent mental health and teacher wellbeing”.

                                                            Angus Tully (Principal) & Susan Sturgiss (AP, Student Wellbeing)  

St Frances Xavier College Canberra, ACT


Narelle was recruited to a very competitive position based on her impressive academic qualifications and extensive experience in both clinical work and past policy/ management experience. Narelle took the lead in developing the training package and produced an excellent report that will be used world wide.  I would certainly be happy to have her ongoing contribution to my team.” 

Dr Michelle Funk, Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse, World Health Organization, 2010 


Narelle is a professional in all senses of the word… she is a relaxed and knowledgeable presenter with a thorough understanding of the issues faced by at risk young people. She has had extensive experience and comfortably relates these experiences when presenting to a wide variety of audiences.

Mike Dent - Head Teacher Administration, Moruya High School,  NSW
Finally an engaging presenter! Narelle is an exciting, capable and skilful facilitator. Her style of presentation was very engaging as well as being interactive and comprehensive. Narelle had a dynamic approach to the subject which was reflected in the content of what was presented. The PD was informative as well as being an eye opener as to how students are affected by mental health problems. We were able to nut out new ideas so we can achieve better outcomes for students. I thought Narelle’s style of presentation was well paced and well delivered. Definitely food for thought!Annegret Schelb – Teacher, Merici College, Canberra, ACT