Matthew Johnstone completed a diploma in Fine Arts but then changed course and went onto to have 15 successful years as a creative in advertising. He worked in Sydney, San Francisco and New York where he became a Creative Director. He worked for some of the world’s best agencies and won many industry awards.
Since then he has published a total of 9 books (including 1 lateral thinking book and 1 kids book) the other 7 are mental health and well-being books most of which have gone on to be been best sellers locally and abroad.
Matthew’s company Drawn from Experience develops various creative, educational programs, illustrations and videos on understanding mental health, and resilience for schools, communities, eHealth and the work place. Matthew spends much of his time in the professional orbit of the leaders in mental health and wellbeing arena such as the World Health Organisation, the Black Dog Institute, The Golden Door Elysia and Geelong Grammar to name a few.
He has also worked extensively with many major corporations.
Matthew is a passionate public speaker who has delivered highly visual talks all over Australia, New Zealand, UAE, USA, Europe including Iceland. In 2014 he was invited to give a keynote at the World Health Organisation in Geneva.
In 2018 he was a finalist in the Australia Mental Health Award.
Most recently he has turned his attention to developing a digital mental health and wellbeing platform called ‘Here’s a Thought’.
Matthew’s work has been endorsed by Stephen Fry, Edward de Bono and the World Health Organisation.
Matthew lives in Sydney with his wife, 2 daughters and dog Cookie.
Matthew is an inspirational speaker and an equally inspiring person. His passion for increasing awareness and understanding of mental health issues, building resilience and learning how to stress less is infectious. He had our audiences not just enthralled but up and sharing their own experiences – something that doesn’t always happen in corporate settings. His story telling ability both verbally and through his beautiful artworks is utterly engaging and he somehow makes very complex and difficult issues seem simple and entertaining. He shines a light at the end of a dark tunnel many people are stuck in; encouraging important “mentally healthy” conversations. I highly recommend Matthew for any speaking engagement.– AO Chief GM Workers Compensation - Allianz
I have had the pleasure of working with Matthew for 4 years and I say pleasure because he truly is a wonderfully special human being. I have listened to his talks many times and I always get something out of them, he has true gift of connecting with audiences more than any other speaker I have worked with before. Matthew is our number one booked speaker at Select Wellness, our clients love him as do their employees.
His drawings help to illustrate his stories which come from the heart, he is real, raw and very funny!
People leave his talks spell bound, inspired, soothed and comforted. Most importantly they leave with sense of hope, hope that they get through whatever challenges they may be facing.
Matthew brings some much needed lightness and humour to mental health and wellbeing, he is very relatable and approachable.
Matthew delivered his talk via stream, he was so engaging and we received many positive responses to his talk.
His real life experiences are what brought the message through to eloquently. He has the unique ability to make complex subjects simple to understand through his beautiful illustrations and stories. In a time like this his message was so pivotal to our employees to use adverse events as opportunities to learn, grow and develop.
There is more wisdom and insight into the human condition by spending 45 minutes with Matthew Johnstone than a lifetime of browsing self-help books. Matthew’s vibrant personality and ability to draw on a wealth of anecdotes and metaphors, using his incredible illustrations, ensures his audience feel he understands and speaks directly to them.
If your organisation wants to reframe an issue, change entrenched perceptions or to inspire new thinking. I recommend you engage Matthew Johnstone as a key speaker at your next team meeting or event.