Our Story


How we began

It started with one. It will end with none.

On New Year’s Day 2001, a creative, intelligent young man named Matt Wardlaw succumbed to mental illness. The pain of his illness had become so intolerable he was driven to take his own life. Matt’s tragic yet all too common story inspired a group of his friends and family to come together and address one of Australia’s biggest health issues – mental illness.

This marked the formation of ONE IN FIVE, a not-for-profit organisation raising funds for medical research into better diagnosis and treatments for mental health. Our long term goal is to find a cure. When we lost Matt, we gained a mission. Together with your help, we aim to reach our goal.

You too can make a difference, donate to ONE IN FIVE today.