Michelle Blanchard

Dr Michelle Blanchard

BA (Hons), GradDipAdolHlthWelf, DipLeadMgmt, PhD

Primary Research Focus:
Suicide Prevention

Works with:
Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences

Learn more


Dr Michelle Blanchard is a Special Adviser at the National Mental Health Commission, leading the development of the National Stigma and Discrimination Reduction Strategy. Prior to joining the Commission, Michelle was Deputy CEO at SANE Australia and the founding Director of SANE’s Anne Deveson Research Centre which partners with people affected by mental illness, trauma and distress to catalyse social change.

Michelle is also an Honorary Senior Fellow at the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne.

Prior to joining SANE in 2017, Michelle held senior roles at the Butterfly Foundation for Eating Disorders and the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre. She was also an Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Youth Mental Health, University of Melbourne.

In addition to holding academic qualifications in psychology, political science, adolescent health and welfare and leadership and management, Michelle has a PhD in Youth Mental Health.

Research areas:
  • Adults
  • Children or young people
  • Mental health, mental ill health
  • Settings (workplaces, mental health services, education, communities)
Available for:
  • Innovative approaches to suicide prevention
  • Collaboration with Australian suicide prevention services, programs and resources
  • Support for discussions about suicide
Michelle Blanchard
Dr Michelle Blanchard

Primary Research Focus:
Suicide Prevention

Works with:
Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences

Learn more