Topic: Evolve or Remain - Scars that hold a lifetime of valuable lessons
Over the past six years, Matt Runnalls has worked tirelessly as a mental health advocate to create awareness, acceptance, and education. Having lived with a mental illness, surviving suicide attempts, and losing several friends to suicide, Matt utilizes his knowledge of lived experience to encourage others to feel comfortable to speak up and manage their well-being just as he continues to do.
Since devoting himself to advocacy full-time, Matt has delivered over 100 speeches, workshops, and events across Australia, Canada, and America. His story and journey have been featured in books, documentaries, songs, podcasts, films and throughout most Australian media outlets.
Most recently, Matt’s work was recognized as he was awarded an Australia Day Medallion in January 2018.
Matt's rediscovery of the hope visible in others’ kindness enabled him to find strength within himself, which has thus enabled him to find his passion and purpose and pursue them wholeheartedly at the age of 26.
Matt is committed to using his voice and experiences as a platform to instill acceptance, purpose, and hope.