Each of us has a story about who we are, where we’ve come from and where we might be going.

But where do those stories come from? How do our stories influence our mental health? And how can we tell more helpful, hopeful stories – especially as we navigate the ups and downs of Covid-19?

Jehan Casinader has wrestled with these questions. He’s one of New Zealand’s top TV journalists. He is also a survivor of depression and suicidality.

In keynote presentations and workshops, Jehan offers a fresh, provocative and enlightening perspective on the powerful link between storytelling and wellbeing, productivity and relationships.

He provides practical tools for positive storytelling, drawing on his 2020 book This Is Not How It Ends: How rewriting your story can save your life.


“Jehan’s journey as a survivor of depression is a compelling message of hope. It affirms the healing power that telling hopeful stories of our lives can have in promoting our mental wellbeing. Having seen the effect his story, and the tools he offers to help people reshape their own stories, had on my Senior Leadership Team, I have no hesitation in commending him as a keynote speaker and presenter of rare talent.” — Marty Grenfell, CEO, Tauranga City Council

“I was absolutely blown away by his professionalism, the sincerity of his message and the power behind it. There’s no better endorsement than the fact that one of our delegates told me how personally he was impacted by Jehan’s keynote speech and that his presentation alone was worth the whole conference registration fee.” — Sally-Anne Coates, GM, EVANZ

“Jehan’s workshop couldn’t have come at a better time and it was incredibly engaging from beginning to end. Jehan’s personal story of his journey to better mental health really connected with everyone – regardless of their own personal experiences. Every organisation in Aotearoa would be better off for doing this workshop.” — Anna Calver, GM Marketing, WellingtonNZ

“Jehan is an exceptional speaker with a unique ability to hold the room. Jehan presented to us during Mental Health Awareness Week 2020, his message was timely, honest and relatable. We truly appreciate the kōrero he gave us.” — Lauren Still, Senior HR Advisor, NZX

132030963_870705510939354_7215914227528245302_n“Jehan was an engaging presenter and his story is a powerful and purposeful one. He was incredibly open and he helped the team to see mental wellbeing in a more hopeful and positive way.” — Kelly Alkema, Head of People, Hutt City Council

“Jehan was a true honour to work with delivering a timely message on mental health and well-being during such a challenging time through Covid-19. Jehan’s professionalism combined with his honesty and empathy made for a compelling and worthwhile event.” — Shaan Davis, Enterprise Advisor, Venture Taranaki

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