Daren McMullen

By Michelle Wright

Feel the Magic is pleased to welcome Darren McMullen as a proud Ambassador.

You may recognise Darren from ‘The Voice Australia’, ‘House Husbands’ or ‘Sea Change’.

As a mental health advocate, Darren noticed the link between mental health issues, suicide, and grief. We are thrilled to have Darren on board where he will be volunteering at Feel the Magic camps and events throughout the year.

Darren recently sat down for a chat with some of our Feel the Magic campers. He shared a bit about himself, some of his experiences of mental health issues and grief, plus his passion to support Feel the Magic to help grieving kids heal.

What is something we may not know about you?

I am originally from Scotland and moved here when I was a teenager. I have lived all over the world, spent much of the last 10 years in America and have been here since the start of COVID.

I am a secret Disney fan and dream of being on Broadway one day. I’d love to do that. I love Formula 1 racing and I’m a massive tennis fan.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Not an actor but an astronaut! But I soon realised, thanks to my teacher at the time, that my maths wasn’t strong enough to be an astronaut.

What has brought you to Feel the Magic?

I have lost friends to suicide and supported many more as they struggled with mental health issues. And I realised many of these friends had lost their parents when they were young.

What I love about Feel the Magic is that you are helping kids and teens to live with their grief in a healthy way.

It was a no brainer. This is such a special charity where the money raised is used to make a difference at the ground level. It just felt right.

Many people would know you from ‘The Voice Australia’ and you have a spent nearly two decades working across prime-time networks in Australia, the UK, and US.

Why now become an Ambassador for Feel the Magic?

The reason why I got into this industry in the first place was to help people or to give a voice to people who didn’t have a voice. I am privileged to be able to get to people through the medium of entertainment. My goal from a young age, was always to make a difference in the world and to help people who are less fortunate than me.

I have a great association with Feel the Magic. The fact that you support children and are helping to mitigate mental health issues for people growing up is something that is close to me having lost friends to suicide and witnessed the effects of grief.

I am looking forward to spreading the word about Feel the Magic, meeting more campers, and helping to raise awareness of such an important children’s grief education program.

We know Darren will have an amazing impact on helping Feel the Magic support more grieving kids and teens by raising awareness. Welcome to the team Darren!