Graeme Cowan

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Graeme Cowan
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GenreNon fiction

Graeme Cowan (born March 10, 1958) is an Australian author of four books. He also helped Gavin Larkin create and launch the charity R U OK?.[1][2][3][4]


His book, Back from the Brink, includes a testimonial from the former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, a foreword by actress Glenn Close and has been launched in China. It was written from his first-hand knowledge of surviving four suicide attempts and suffering from clinical depression.[5] His book, Back from the Brink Too, won the 2009 SANE Australia Book of the Year Award.[6]

He has also written Elephant in the Boardroom[7] and Thriving Naturally.[8] He is a non executive director for R U OK?, a columnist for PsychCentral and Psychology Today and a motivational speaker.[9][3][2]

Personal life[edit]

In 2000, Cowan went through a five-year episode of depression, including four suicide attempts, before recovering.[1] On September 10, 2019, World Suicide Prevention Day, Graeme shared his 2004 suicide note on LinkedIn to spark a conversation about depression. The post went viral with over 70,000 views and 250 comments.[10] He is married to Professor Karen Canfell and lives in Sydney.[2]


  1. ^ a b Platinum speakers, Graeme Cowan, Platinum Speakers
  2. ^ a b c Amazon, About Graeme Cowan,
  3. ^ a b Sydney Morning Herald, September 15, 2011, Daniel Hurst, Three little words that could safe a life,
  4. ^ ABC News, May 21, 2019, Why a connected team leads to well-being and performance
  5. ^ Back from the Brink: True Stories and Practical Help for Overcoming Depression and Bipolar Disorder. New Harbinger Publications. 2014-01-02.
  6. ^ SANE Australia, May 14, 2009, SANE Australia announces Book of the Year Award,
  7. ^ Elephant in the boardroom, ABC, September 16, 2013,
  8. ^ Amazon, Thriving Naturally,
  9. ^ ICMI Speakers and Entertainers, Graeme Cowan,
  10. ^ ABC News, September 13, 2019, Patrick Wood, RU OK co-founder Graeme Cowan shares his suicide note to help others,

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