MindfullAus is extremely proud of the incredibly inspiring and compassionate people who have come together to spread the most important message, that of Acceptance & Hope. Mindfull Aus understands the task at hand in reducing statistics lost to Suicide & the stigma associated with Mind health is far greater than just one individual or group of people, as we seek out opportunities to work with collectively as many people as we can to inflict a much bigger more powerful and beneficial social change and voice.

CEO & FOUNDER

CEO & FOUNDER

Matt RUNNALLS

Matt Runnalls over the last several years has worked tirelessly as a mental health advocate, creating awareness, acceptance and education. Having lived with mental illness, surviving suicide attempts & having lost several friends to suicide dating back to the age of 12. Matt utilises his knowledge of lived experiences to encourage others to feel comfortable to speak up and manage their wellbeing just as he continues to do.

   Matt Runnalls   with Suicide Prevention Australia Manager Michelle Kwan & CEO Sue Murray

Matt Runnalls with Suicide Prevention Australia Manager Michelle Kwan & CEO Sue Murray

As a full time tradesman in 2016, Matt delivered talks to over 5000 various listeners amongst sporting clubs, schools and community groups. Matt now dedicates his career as a full time advocate, being the voice for not only young Australians, but all over the world, now having been Guest Speaker in over 15+ states around the World in 3 different countries.

Currently in 2018 since being full-time in advocacy, Matt has delivered in excess of 100+ talks, workshops and events across Australia, Canada & America, featuring his story and journey in books, documentaries, songs, podcasts, television and throughout most big Australian media outlets.

Matt's passion and drive is spurred on by the loss of 6 mates to suicide. His reason for Mindfull Aus was simple "I just want to teach people what I wish I had of known growing up, I know if I had of been this knowledgable about Mental Health & Suicide now I could of potentially still be able to share laughs and memories with those mates I've lost. I know personally my life would of been a lot different and now I have that opportunity to ensure the next generation doesn't walk into the unknown like I did".

"It's important that people recognise and take away from my journey that the internal feeling of guilt, shame & being a burden was just that, it wasn't real , it was an unbearable emotional pain, a fog that disabled me in seeing things any differently. 
I am very fortunate, that I have ALWAYS had the support, love and care that every kid wishes of his family."

Matt's rediscovery of the hope visible in others’ kindness enabled him to find strength within which has enabled him to find his passion & purpose and have them align at 26. 
Matt was able to connect with both family and the supports in a way that only someone who has been that close to the edge and at rock bottom can really understand. Matt wants to use Mindfull Aus as a platform to instill that same connection and positive impact on as many people possible.

"BE MINDFUL OF THOSE WITH A MIND FULL"

The truth is, It’s a battle not easily won. It will take change, determination, understanding but most importantly acceptance. But you aren’t alone, I’ve spent many years at war with myself. I’m doing it, I’m managing it and so can YOU. So, I’m here to tell you, if there is a fight worth winning this is it, you are loved, you are worthwhile and your presence here is important. - #BeHereTomorrow- because you are unique and we love that. Let go of fear, let life strengthen you. You will be great again
— Matt Runnalls
 

Get in touch

If you would like to get in touch with our team, join our team or have any questions or queries, don't hesitate to contact our Directors using the link below.

CONTACT US TODAY ▸ admin@mindfullaus.org

 

 

BOARD of DIRECTORS

 
   Liz Jones

Liz Jones

director

Liz J0NES

Lived experience with Mental Health has given Liz the passion and drive to become an advocate for “Silent Brain Pain.”
Years of experience working within the Education Department and Disability services as heightened her passion and drive to work with and for members of our communities who are often misunderstood, not supported nor accepted for the person they are.
Liz returned to study as a Mature Student to further her knowledge and skills and with empathy, compassion and a non judgemental view, will continue to give people time, a listening ear and a purpose.
Time to care, time to share and time to smile.

 
Very excited to be on the Mindfull Aus team working towards making a huge social impact and to help change and better the lives of others
— Liz Jones

Activities & Affiliations

  • Disability Support Worker- Scope
  • Education Support Officer- Education Dept.
  • Development Trainer- Australian Tax Office
 
 

 
 
 
   Ken Bailey

Ken Bailey

director

Ken BAILEY

Having spent most of his life in the Gippsland Region, with extensive world travel, Ken Has lived and experienced mental health pain personally and with colleagues within the music, acting and farming industries.
Working along side members of the Victorian Farmers Federation conducting and presenting mental health forums and support groups for community members effected by hard ship.
Ken has CONTINUOUSLY offered his support and engaged with many individuals and families effected by mental health, drugs, alcohol and suicide. 

 
Saving even one person from suicide I believe is a massive achievement
— Ken Bailey

Activities & Affiliations

  • Southern Australia Manager - Lion
  • Area Manager- Gibsons Ground Spread
  • Regional Manager- Victorian Farmers Federation

 

 
 

 
 
   Andrew Runnalls  

Andrew Runnalls 

DIRECTOR & SECRETARY

Andrew RUNNALLS

Andrew has been involved in sport for over 40 years, coaching the elite cricketers of Gippsland for over 10 years. Andrew is the head of the Australian Health Cover advisors and has worked in the health insurance industry for over 30 years. Combined with personal and family experience, Andrew has witnessed the increasing problems in the Mental Health space. Andrew shares a passion of bringing awareness, education and acceptance to Mental Health related problems that are affecting way too many young people in our great community. 

 
If Cancer effected as many Australians as Mental Illness does I’m sure there would be a greater emphasis placed on addressing some of the fixable issues and causes, I know the work Mindfull Aus is doing will target some of the untapped areas.
— Andrew Runnalls

Activities & Affiliations

  • Head of Australian Health Cover Advisors
  • Director -Ensure Solutions
  • Director -AHCA Pty Ltd
  • Marketing Manager- Latrobe Health Services