Matt is 23 and has been out of home since 2012, homeless on and off for the past 4 years.

Describing how he came to be homeless, Matt says “When I was young my best friends mum died and I didn’t cope well with the grief… I went off path. I needed to leave the school environment and have time away from family. I couch surfed with mates and just played music, drums and smoked a lot. I thought I was live’n the rock and roll lifestyle but I didn’t care much for myself during that time.

I learnt to be self sufficient on the streets… you just do what you need to do to get where you need. The bad things about being on the streets are its cold, it can be lonely and tough…and of course crusty socks!”

We met Matt at the Red Cross Night Café at the Brisbane Town Hall where we regularly provide massage and Bowen Therapy to the young people experiencing homelessness who drop in.

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