Family bereavement.

 
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When Matt Runnalls first started out advocating for Mental Health & Suicide the first bit of advice he received was "Never get on a personal level with people that come to you, because you'll end up with collateral". Matt described this as a grit the teeth moment and was determined to do the exact opposite. The ability to connect with someone who needs you is the most important part to their wellness, only from connection can we really make the most beneficial impact possible.

Mindfull Aus has never wavered from this and continuously works throughout the community to offer people support when struggling  and comfort when grieved by loss. 

When a connection exists, it creates an energy where they feel they are being seen, heard and valued. When they can speak up without judgement they find the strength it takes to keep moving forward. Love, belonging and connection are the elements to true well-being.


I have had two recent losses in my family to Suicide and being able to access the support, the education and the message that Mindfull offers and stands for has helped not only me but also my whole family through our process of grief and acceptance. I highly recommend anyone who is feeling a sense of helplessness, or the overwhelming loss of hope to attend a forum or link to Mindfull Aus and see for yourself the benefits of this amazing organisation.
— Veronica Logue
You have amazing strength and determination to make a difference for people and change the perception of Mental Illness & Suicide. Thank you for coming into my life, no matter how tragic the circumstances were, Shaun brought us together and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for being there for him, helping him through his journey, without you I honestly believe we would not of had him for as long as we did.
— Bec R (Bereaved by Suicide)

Sporting Clubs.

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Sporting clubs are instrumental in tapping into the thoughts and feelings of those in that environment, often many of the people at our events or in the audience acknowledge they are struggling or know someone is and want to help they just need someone to encourage the conversation. 

Sporting clubs carry a huge stigma, especially male dominated sports, but by having Mental Health designated rounds we've seen an increase in people reaching out for help. These sporting events are team orientated and by having the conversation in that environment, we enable people to understand that our emotions and mental wellbeing are no different and that everything in life is much easier done, when we share it with someone else.

 

Footy clubs are historically tough places, where people particularly men, don’t speak about their problems and are not generally encouraged to. Through Mindfull Aus & Matt’s tireless and inspirational work, they have changed this at our club. We can all help create an environment of compassion, understanding and acceptance. We look forward to continuing to work with Mindfull Aus in the future and wish Matt every success with his organisation.
— Chris Adair (HPJFC President)

Individuals.

 
Your passion and commitment to others is what draws me personally to your organisation, you have always replied to every message and you are genuinely honest in response. What you have done for me is show me that I can get out and live like everyone else again, even when I was struggling. For that, Thank You
— Kimberly C
What excites me the most about Mindfull Aus is the relentless drive and compassion Matt Runnalls has for this mission. He is truly authentic in his story-telling and leaves you with the raw truth about life struggles. He provides hope and strength in humanity. I am grateful to work alongside him.
— Mel Yu (Bereaved by suicide)
THANKS FOR OFFERING THE SESSION BY MATT RUNNALLS YESTERDAY. MATT’S ABILITY TO SHARE A VERY RAW PERSONAL JOURNEY OF HIS CHALLENGES AND ACHIEVEMENTS IS BRAVE BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY OFFERS WAYS IN WHICH THE AUDIENCE CAN HELP PEOPLE AROUND THEM AND ALSO CONTRIBUTE TO THEIR OWN MENTAL WELLBEING. THE SESSION DEFINITELY HAD AN IMPACT ON ME AND I’M SURE THE OTHERS IN ATTENDANCE

— - GABRIELLE (RECREATION OFFICER BAW BAW SHIRE).
My life changed today as I had the blessed opportunity to meet Matt. He is an inspirational person, a great soul, and someone who was willing to listen to mystory even though he had never met me before. Matt you are a beautiful person! I HIGHLY recommend Matt and all of the work he is doing.
— Social Worker
Ever since my friend told me to look Mindfull Aus up, I am constantly on your pages always receiving great advice and tips as well as knowing I’m not alone and thats the bit that helps me the most, knowing you struggle just like me snd seeing you fight it, makes me believe I can too. You’re an inspiration Matt.
— Teneil
I had the pleasure of hearing Matt Runnalls founder of Mindfull Aus speak at my foundations launch event. To say the crowd was captivated is an understatement. Matt’s honesty and ability to articulate the complexities of battling a mental illness and brain pain was brilliant. Every single person was moved and most importantly educated about what it is we can do for someone or ourselves whom maybe struggling. I can not recommend Matt enough. Matt is the epitome of inner strength and inspiration.
— Stef Caminiti (Inner Ninja Foundation)
Mindfull Aus, your speaker is an absolute inspiration. I think all junior & senior football clubs should get on board with this, our members cannot speak more highly of you and the impact you’ve had on our club immediately. Bringing awareness to the community on this issue is a must
— Melinda Adair (HPJFC Parent)
Wow this was a fantastic presentation & really brought home the importance of getting this message out there! Mindfull Aus should be in all schools & workplaces! Let’s all work together to bring more acceptance & support. It takes a village to raise a child & we need to start whilst they’re young. Thank you Mindfull Aus
— Community Member
I have recently had the opportunity to talk with Matt about mindfulness. I have worked in the mental health field for a long time and I was so impressed that a person so young could be so wise. He has lots to say, much that could be life changing and certainly save lives. He is compassionate, empathetic, caring, kind, energetic, motivated, goal oriented, and he is changing dark into light for those that listen to him. Keep an eye on Matt. Read his writings. He will brighten your day. He is worth listening to and I believe he is one that will help change this world. Much success to you my friend!!
— Cathy Cassel - (Mental Health Professional)