Meet The Team

  • Jeremy Forbes – Co-founder and spokesperson

    Jeremy (Jez): A trade qualified painter and decorator in Castlemaine for almost 20 years, he 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.  

  • Mick Simmons

    Mick is chef by trade and has been working at Chisholm TAFE, both in Frankston and Rosebud. Mick has always been involved in supporting the students and their mental health. As the first HALT worker on the Mornington Peninsula, he is using all his contacts to grow HALT and help the community. He loves soccer […]

  • Tom Kenneally

    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 […]

  • Tina Helm – HALT Project Coordinator

    Tina has more than 12 years of experience working in health promotion and the community development sector, including managing ‘Changing Minds’, a regional mental health organisation in Auckland, New Zealand. She has also campaigned across New Zealand to reduce stigma and discrimination associated with mental health issues and has a strong passion for increasing access […]

  • Merv Stewart

    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 […]

  • Catherine Pilgrim – Co-Founder

    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.

  • Ange Roney

    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 […]

  • Nicole Connors

    Nicole is a personal injury lawyer who represents clients, including tradies, in Bendigo and the wider central Victorian region that have been injured at work. Nicole is passionate about ensuring injured clients get the compensation and support they need, including mental health support.

  • Caitlin Vayro

    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.

  • Lauren Randle – Partners of Tradies Events Coordinator

    Lauren Randle works as the partners of tradies coordinator for HALT and has an interest in community health. She has lived experience in anxiety and depression and is a partner of a tradie.

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