Brian Pennie is an inspiring and evocative spokesperson on mental wellness.
On October 8th 2013, Brian Pennie experienced his first day clean after 15 years of chronic heroin addiction. Instead of perceiving his addiction as a failure, he embraced a second chance at life and went to university to study the complexities of human behaviour.
He graduated with a degree in psychology in 2017 winning several awards, including a fully funded PhD scholarship in Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience. Since then, he has become a lecturer in both Trinity College and University College Dublin, a published academic writer, international blogger, and speaker on mental wellness, high performance and personal growth. Brian has also successfully launched his own self-development company.
With a relentless belief that we are what we think, his mission is to show people that change is possible, demonstrating actionable steps through a lived experience. Brian is an engaging and fortifying speaker for any audience.
“I was captivated by Brian’s every word. He spoke so honestly and from the heart that I felt like I had known him a lifetime.” LED Group Robus
“Brian’s experiences are striking. His style of delivery is very personal and raw, making for an extremely compelling narrative. Everyone wanted to hear and learn more. He opened up the audience to a new way of thinking about taking ownership for their own performance, health and happiness.”
Bernard Byrne – CEO AIB
“Brian’s talk was excellent. He will be a regular at here Blackrock College, he has a lot to share and will make a difference wherever he goes.”
Natasha Drew – Head of Guidance & Counselling at Blackrock College