Jono Nicholas was a founding member of ReachOut when it launched in 1998 as the first digital mental health service in the world and has gone on to become one of the most passionate advocates for the mental health of young people. Jono spent the early part of his career developing and leading the ReachOut service before establishing ReachOut in Ireland in 2009. Since his appointment as CEO of ReachOut Australia in 2010, ReachOut has gone on to become the digital entry point to the mental health system for young people and their parents and is now accessed by over 1.58 million Australians oer year for everything from exam stress, relationship difficulties to suicidal thoughts. By 2020 ReachOut plans to help a further one million people per year.
Jono holds an Honours Degree in Psychology and a Masters in Public Health and is a father of three young boys.
Jono is a director of Mental Health Australia and the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education. Hi is co-chair of the Telstra Technology and Wellbeing roundtable, member of the Federal Department of Health’s Digital Mental Health Advisory Committee; and the NSW Mental Health Commission’s Suicide Prevention Advisory Group.