“James is dedicated to the change the stigma that surrounds mental health and raise the profile of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. James strives to advocate for the lived experience community and continues to be a catalyst for positive systems level change.”
James Maskey is a passionate human service professional, striving to enhance the social, economic, personal, and communal wellbeing of people. This includes promoting social inclusion, social justice and influencing public and political opinion when identifying appropriate, effective, and innovative approaches to improving social and economic policy.
James’ current professional role is the National Engagement Manager of the Beyond Blue Police and Emergency Services Program. In this position, James maintains close relationships with all emergency service agencies across the country, keeping up to date with their policies and programs, influencing change at a state and national level and presenting at conferences, forums and seminars about the world first research Beyond Blue has conducted in this sector.
James is also a retired front-line Queensland Police Officer with a service history including General Duties and the Child Protection & Investigation Unit. In 2013, James was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Since this time, James has been a consumer of the Queensland and Victorian mental health systems.
In March 2020, for his ongoing and often celebrated mental health advocacy efforts, James was listed as one of the 25 most inspiring and influential people in the social economy for 2019, winning one of the Pro Bono Australia Impact 25 Awards for 2019. In May 2019, James was announced as a finalist in the Victorian Young Achiever of the Year Award in the ‘Create Change’ category.
As a world record holder and ultra-endurance athlete, James has represented Australia on the world stage in ultra-marathon running, raising funds for mental health organisations. James utilises his endurance pursuits as a platform to passionately share his own lived experience of mental health difficulties, challenge mental health stigma and encourage help-seeking behaviours.
James is dedicated to the change the stigma that surrounds mental health and raise the profile of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. James strives to advocate for the lived experience community and continues to be a catalyst for positive systems level change.