Jazz Thornton

Jazz Thornton is a New Zealand mental health activist, author, speaker, TikToker and filmmaker. She co-founded suicide prevention organisation, Voices of Hope,[with eating disorder activist Genevieve Mora.

Having overcome childhood sexual abuse, mental illness and multiple suicide attempts, Jazz Thornton has now dedicated her life to speaking hope and creating change in the area of mental health through her organisation Voices of Hope.

Her unique experience and practical message has gained worldwide recognition, being shared through media and international speaking engagements. Jazz is also an award winning director with her series "Jessica's Tree" winning multiple international awards. 

Jazz has spoken at hundreds of schools, conferences and events around the globe, sharing her story and provoking change. From inspiring high school students to making suited men feel challenged and empowered, Jazz can speak in any environment. With a focus on facing challenges while identifying opportunities, your audience will be fully engaged throughout leaving them understanding that they can be the change in the world they long to see.

Jazz has written three books: an autobiography Stop Surviving, Start Fighting,  My Journey Starts Here, a guided journal for improving well-being, and Letters to you, a book of letters to provide support, information, encouragement and tips on practical help for anyone suffering low moments. The 2020 New Zealand documentary The Girl on the Bridge deals with her struggles with mental health.

In 2022, Jazz won Dancing with the Stars.

Jazz is a talented and skilled mtivational speaker who knows how to get a crowd inspired and is committed to inspiring change.