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Coffee Chats with Matt Collins

Mar 31, 2019

Professor Patrick McGorry was the 2010 Australian of the Year. Not bad for a bloke born in Ireland. After four years of studying general medicine in the early 80s, Pat could see the mentally ill were getting 'an extremely raw deal,' so he turned his focus to psychiatry. In those days patients were locked up and it was...

Dec 2, 2018

From time to time, we all struggle with that little voice on our shoulder telling us we are not good enough. But for Donna Thistlethwaite, that voice on her shoulder become so loud she could see no other option than to end it all. In 2012, she drove to Brisbane's Story Bridge and fell from the iconic...

Oct 2, 2018

As a child, Jas Rawlinson's father would emotionally abuse her every day and tell her how worthless she was.

Due to his mental illness, Jas' father eventually took his own life and she remembers this being a relief because she knew she wouldn't be afraid anymore.

These days, Jas has evolved into a woman making positive...

Aug 8, 2018

The Daruk Boy's Home in NSW, Australia has been exposed as the scene of repeated, vicious and ongoing sexual, physical and psychological abuse during the 1970's and 80's.

Over 80 people have come forward to share their awful experiences when they were just vulnerable children exposed to ruthless predators.

One such...

Apr 25, 2018

Justin Farina went to Afghanistan as an Army Infantry soldier. As a nineteen year old, he was excited for the opportunity. However on his return to his home country of Australia, Justin experience PTSD and became detached from the world he was so passionate about.

Just shares a coffee chat with Matt and talks about his...