Come dressed ‘black tie with flair’ and add a bit of black, white and blue…for a night of music, entertainment and making a difference!



There are 7 deaths by suicide in Australia each day. Suicide remains the leading cause of death for Australians aged between 15 and 44.

We all have a part to play in reducing suicide.



“As a teenager  I experienced depression, anxiety and self-harm, but never knew how to tell anyone about it”



Member of the Order of Australia (AM), Chairman, Lifeline Australia, CEO of AICD.

John Brogden is the Chairman of Lifeline Australia and the Managing Director and CEO at the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

In January 2014, John was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to the community through representational roles with social welfare organisations, business and financial sectors and the NSW Parliament.

From 1996 to 2005, John was the Member for Pittwater in the NSW Parliament. In 2002, elected Leader of the Opposition – the youngest person ever to hold the role

Read more about John here.

“We have come out of the dark ages in how we think about mental illness in Australia. When you take things like mental illness out of a dark corner of our world and shine a light on them people will open up and talk about it.”


Comedian, Actor, Writer

Greg Fleet is a living legend of Aussie comedy, one of the most experienced and popular stand-up comics currently working the world stage. Greg’s versatility has made him a regular on television, radio and stage, with roles in sitcoms, soaps and dramas as well as frequent appearances on chat shows, televised comedy showcases, festival galas, comedy debates and panel shows. Fleety has been a regular guest and host on breakfast, afternoon and drive radio.

“In one hour, Greg Fleet succeeds in dragging us to extremes of laughter, embarrassment and pity – but mainly laughter – as he takes us on the emotional roller-coaster journey of our lives”
- The Independent, London.


Professional Speaker, Retired NRL Legend

Wayne Wigham is a passionate speaker and advocate for mental health. After ten successful years playing professional first-grade football for the Balmain Tigers, and having been the lead try scorer in the 1980 Sydney competition, Wayne’s undiagnosed depression forced him to retire from the game he loved.

Wayne’s personal journey highlights the fact that the black dog of depression can strike anyone, even those performing at the elite level.

Wayne now works as a professional speaker for the Black Dog Institute, raising awareness of mood disorders and the importance of early detection and treatment.

A quick word from Pan Skoumbourdis, founder of Black, White & Blues...

Have you ever been worried about someone and didn't know what to say? Do you feel disconnected and struggle to reach out? Find out why an average Joe wants us all to rethink the conversations we have about mental illness

What we’re doing

Using the power of music to raise awareness and funds to support people whose lives are affected by mental illness.

The inaugural Black, White & Blues dinner show will showcase Australian music talent and we’ll provide information that supports people with mental illness and resources for their family and friends.

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of support

We see a world where people who suffer from mental illness feel safe to share, and their family and friends are empowered to support them.

Why? While one in five Australians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime, less than 50% seek professional help – often with tragic consequences.

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How can you help?

We all know people who’ve been affected by these issues. Everyone deserves compassion and to be heard and our communities have the power to create acceptance and end the stigma associated with mental illness.

You can join us in our efforts to raise awareness and funds to support the work of the Black Dog Institute, beyondblue and Lifeline.

Make a difference