Matthew’s service user and young care giver journey commenced at the age of three as a result of having to care for his younger siblings having lost his mother to mental distress following six years of supporting and caregiving for his mother. Matthew lives with mood fluctuations, defined as Bipolar by Psychiatry, and manages through music, social connection and meaningful hope inducing work and volunteering in global mental health. He identifies as a survivor of abuse, trauma suicide, an advocate for silenced persons, groups and communities, and most importantly identifies with being social engineered into humanitarian global mental health work through his own living experience and professional background.
Matthew informing mental health service provision. He presently teaches across a number of universities in mental health and social determinants to health and wellbeing and is a mental health and international student researcher at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.
Matthew advises global mental health bodies from a living experience perspective, is passionate about human rights, social justice and the intersection with ‘living’ experience involvement at systemic local, state, national and international spaces. He represents Melbourne as a Global Shaper with the World Economic Forum, and is serving as a Youth Advisory Board lead for Hopeful Minds. He is undertaking his Masters of Counselling and Psychotherapy, International Diploma in Mental Health, Human Rights and Law, and Doctorate (PhD) in Social Work examining peer work as a discipline in global mental health. He holds a Bachelor of Social Work and Honours from Monash University.