Dawn O’Neil

Suicide prevention activist

Dawn O’Neil

Suicide prevention activist

As CEO of Bey­ond­Blue and former CEO of Life­line, Dawn O’Neil has worked on the front line of the fight again­st sui­cide in Aus­tralia. As a major cause of death in Aus­trali­ans under 40, sui­cide can be pre­ven­ted… if we just know the ques­tions to ask and steps to take.


Dawn O’Neil AM has been involved with the Life­line organ­isa­tion for over 15 years. Work­ing as the CEO of Life­line Aus­tralia since 2000, Dawn has fostered a peri­od of major gov­ernance and ser­vice reform across the organ­isa­tion.

With a Mas­ters of Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion, Dawn is also the Deputy Chair of the Men­tal Health Coun­cil of Aus­tralia, a mem­ber of the Commonwealth’s Nation­al Advis­ory Coun­cil on Men­tal Health, and the Aus­trali­an Sui­cide Pre­ven­tion Advis­ory Coun­cil, a mem­ber of the Advis­ory Coun­cil for the Sydney based Centre for Social Impact, a Fel­low of the Aus­trali­an Insti­tute of Com­pany Dir­ect­ors. Dawn was appoin­ted a Mem­ber of the Order of Aus­tralia in 2009, was voted as a final­ist in the Tel­stra Busi­ness Woman of the Year ACT in 2008 and Equity Trust CEO of the Year awards for 2005 and 2006.