Sir John Kirwan
All Blacks rugby legend and mental health champion; co-founder, Mentemia
Sir John Kirwan, or ‘JK’ as we know him, is a Kiwi legend. JK played 63 test matches for the All Blacks from 1984 to 1994. He was part of the 1987 Rugby World Cup team. And he’s also had success with the Warriors and as a coach including on the international stage with Italy and Japan. He’s also a family man.
In 2012 JK was knighted but not just for services to rugby. He was also knighted for his services to mental health. JK started talking about mental health, and his personal story of depression, at a time when there was quite a bit of stigma associated with these conditions.
He’s been at the forefront of public campaigns about mental health and has led the charge to see talking about mental health normalised. And of course, more recently he’s brought us his ground-breaking company – Mentemia, a mental wellbeing platform that embeds mental wellbeing into workplace cultures and helps individuals build great wellbeing habits day to day.