Talks & Workshops

Beneath the Surface provide tailor made talks and workshops for organisations and community groups wanting to learn or be motivated by numerous topics. These topics are suited to different scenarios and there’s a talk that is suited to your organisation or community group.

Topics include mental health, obesity, domestic abuse, homelessness and addiction.

  • Libraries and Homelessness – Exploring the Unique Relationship In this workshop Matt outlines his homeless experience and use his experience in public libraries to inform staff on the issues surrounding homelessness and how libraries can adapt to the rise in homeless patrons. The workshop builds an empathetic and professional approach to the challenge of addressing homelessness in a library setting.

  • We’re Not Our Past – Becoming Our Own Role Model Tailored for audiences that work with at risk youth. Matt talks about how a lack of positive role models hindered his development and how he became his own role model. Additionally, it explains how to develop positive qualities for those without positive role models.

  • Lasting Effects of Homelessness – Trauma, Mental Health & Beyond Focuses on Matt’s lived experiences of homelessness and how these issues persist long after homelessness ends. Matt discusses how he became homeless and slept rough, what he faced while being homeless, how he got off the street and how it still impacts his life 20 years later.

  • The Male Mental Mentality – Challenging Men’s Mental Health A lived experience talk that discusses what it’s like being a male  living with mental health problems. While challenging notions of masculinity, Matt talks about his battles with mental health, the challenges he faced while addressing his past and how notions of what ‘being a man’ hindered his progress.

  • Mental Health & Obesity – Matt’s Weight Gain & Loss Story For any organisation that wants to learn more about the connections between mental health and obesity. Matt talks about how his unhealthy relationship with food developed from a young age and how it connected to his mental health.

  • Mental Health in the Workplace – Weakness or Strength? – Suited to organisations that want to learn more about mental illness and how people with mental illness can strengthen an organisation. Matt uses his experience with anxiety, depression and PTSD to enlighten employers about how adjusting perspectives on mental health can add positive attributes to the workplace.

  • Building Trust – Domestic Abuse & Youth Homelessness Aimed at school faculties, organisations and community groups who work with youth. Focuses on strategies that help students at risk of domestic abuse and homelessness through  lived experience. Matt shares his experiences of domestic abuse and how this disrupted his education. Matt also explains issues surrounding his behaviour in school and how teacher’s interactions reinforced his issues within himself.

  • Beyond Obesity – Patient Experiences from the Super Obese Tailored for health care providers who deal with people who are morbidly obese or those who want to learn how to better approach obesity issues with patients. Matt talks about how interactions with health professionals while he weighed 200kgs shaped his self-esteem.

  • The Guilt of Victims – Unspoken Truths About Domestic Abuse Tailored for people who want to learn more about coming to terms with domestic abuse in adulthood. Matt shares his lived experience of domestic abuse, the guilt he felt when confronting it later in life and how he managed to stop the cycle of abuse.

  • Trauma as Strength – Breaking the Pattern of Mental Victim-hood – For those who seek motivation to change their thinking about their traumatic past. Matt talks about how he has changed how he views his past trauma and uses it as a source of strength within his life.

  • High School Dropout to University Lecturer – Reclaiming Education Tailored for audiences that work in the higher education sector or for those needing motivation entering further education. Matt talks about how he disengaged with education by dropped out of high school and becoming homeless. He also discusses how he managed to get into university, earning his Masters and becoming a lecturer at university.

Don’t see anything that is applicable to your organisation? Contact us to tailor make a talk to suit your needs.