A trade-qualified painter and decorator in Castlemaine for almost 20 years, Jeremy (Jez) has experienced the highs and lows associated with the building industry financially, physically and mentally and would like tradies to be more conscious of how depression, stress, tiredness and frustration can impact their lives and loved ones around them.

“The pain of regret is far greater than the pain of hard work.”


Tom is the HALT Project Worker for the North West Melbourne region. He has a strong background in the education, health and NFP community engagement sectors. Tom has lived experience dealing with mental illness and suicide from the family perspective and understands the challenges depression and isolation can cause. He is committed to raising awareness about mental health and suicide prevention in the community.


Steve brings a broad range of experience to the HALT team, having worked most recently in Community Health, supporting community-based suicide prevention activity along with a range of community health and wellbeing initiatives. 

Steve understands the value and impact of the work HALT does in supporting tradies and blue collar workers and is keen to support the work of the HALT team and nurture key relationships with our funding bodies and research partners. 


Mick Matthews is one of the South East Melbourne HALT Project Workers. He was born and raised on the Mornington Peninsula and is strongly connected with the community through sport and work. For the past 11 years he has worked as a mental health outreach worker where he has drawn on the wisdom of his own lived experience to support people in his local community. He has a passion for the outdoors, completing a Bachelor of Sport and Recreation and Outdoor Education. 

Throughout his life he has worked on and off for his dad’s plumbing business, making him passionate about spreading the HALT message to tradies.


Alison started with the HALT team in early 2021 as Partnerships Coordinator. She is a dedicated professional who is deeply invested in improving mental health outcomes in our communities, and keen to support HALT’s expansion across construction and trades firms nationally.

When she’s not working for HALT you might find her and her dog Billie managing and producing community arts events, roller-skating or horizontal on the couch.


Jem is a project worker in the North West Melbourne region. Drummer, screen printer and cook – he’s worked with his hands his whole life. He is passionate about reducing the stigmas that surround mental health and help-seeking.

Jem believes that asking for help is not a sign of weakness, it’s an act of bravery.


Merv Stewart is passionate about making a difference and he has the drive and experience to make meaningful things happen with the doers he respects and admires. He understands that collaboration and connections are paramount – constantly reaching out to others, seeing what he can learn from them, what knowledge he can share, what ideas and opportunities can come out of potential partnerships and collaboration.

Merv has been a strong and constant supporter of HALT’s meaningful grassroots work since he first saw founder Jeremy Forbes speak at a conference 6 years ago. Since then he’s worked alongside Jeremy to assist in sharing the HALT messages on a national scale. Merv is now responsible in his own community of the Mornington Peninsula for delivering quarterly HALT blitz week events alongside Jeremy. He is honoured to be able to use his program delivery and social enterprise skills to assist HALT to grow its amazing impact further across Australia in the coming years.


Catherine Pilgrim is a Visual Artist and mother of two boys living in Central Victoria. A co-founder of HALT, Catherine is committed to helping spread the positive message that groups such as LIFELINE and BEYOND BLUE are available when people need them.


I am Ange Roney. Mother, Grandmother, Daughter, Sister, Aunt, Friend, Community member, Registered Nurse and Diabetes Educator. My life is filled with family and good friends. I enjoy yoga, reading, travel and music. I have been affected by the impact of mental health issues on loved ones. This led me to HALT.

I have worked with and supported Jeremy and HALT since 2015. I have witnessed the magic happen after HALT’s authentic presentations. The stigma is reduced and it’s “ok” to talk, difficult topics are opened up and connections to services are made.


Caitlin has an interest in health and how our jobs impact our mental health. She has recently completed a PhD on the topic of mental health help-seeking in Australian farmers. Caitlin is driven to help people take action when it comes to their own wellbeing, as well as the wellbeing of their communities.