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Our “why”, mission, vision, values and goals

Our 'Why'

In 2017, I had my first battle with mental health. Despite being surrounded by many friends at the time, I felt so alone. I struggled to find meaningful connection with the doctors, counsellors and psychologists that I saw and I didn’t know what else to do. So, naturally, I bottled it up. But after a while, it got so bad that I needed to tell someone about it.

What I did next was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done… I told my dad. It was hard to do because I perceived him to be a very stoic role model in my life, embodying the archaic masculine stereotype of hiding emotion and soldiering on. I didn’t know what to expect when I told him what I was going through. Honestly, I thought he’d just tell me to “man up” and get on with it. But then something really special happened…

He listened. He validated what I was going through. And then he opened up to me for the very first time in my life about his own struggles with mental health. He told me about all the trauma he had faced coming to Australia from a foreign country, the emotional turmoil of his divorce and suicidal ideation that followed.

By expressing these feelings with someone who understood what it’s like to struggle with loneliness, anxiety and depression, dad and I both felt heard and validated, helping us discover a newfound sense of strength and courage we didn’t think we had. 

Dad used this strength to pursue something he’d always wanted to learn – dancing. Taking up dancing classes in his local community helped him feel a true sense of belonging and ultimately supported him to feel better again. Dad also encouraged me to dive deeper into my DJing hobby which similarly helped catalyse my recovery from mental health challenges and has enriched my life.

The reality is that many of us might have friends, family and loved ones, but not everyone has that person – that buddy, friend, pal, confidant or mate – in their life who they can confidently turn to when they’re struggling. Some might not have any friends, family or loved ones at all.

We believe that everyone is so much more than their struggles and we all should have a mate to turn to in times of need. To this day, dad is still dancing and I’m so grateful for my best mate’s life.

– David

Mission & Vision


To ensure every person on this planet has a mate to turn to in times of need, to prevent the onset of mental health challenges.


A world is free of stigma and discrimination, where mental health can be openly talked about with anyone.

Our Values

Our core values ensure that each of our team members work towards the same common goal, and share a bigger purpose.


We step into the shoes of everyone we work with to understand their true feelings and use this understanding to guide our actions.


We are honest in our approach and stand up for what we believe is the right thing to do, even when no one is watching.  


We share ideas and work together to uncover different perspectives, which enables us to deliver productive outcomes to everyone.


We find strength and discipline to face our challenges head on, guaranteeing firm adherence to our values.   

Our goals

By 2025, we Will:

Meet our Team

David Titeu

CO-Founder & Director


Mentor & Facilitator

Freya Cristea Linkmate

Clinical research associate

Advisor / workshop Facilitator

workshop Facilitator

Learning & Development Advisor

Marketing Manager for Linkmate - Ahmed Eid

Marketing Assistant

Our partners and supporters

The amazing people who have helped us along our journey

Grace Kim

Mentor & Facilitator

Hey I’m Grace! I’m a Mentor and one of the Workshop Facilitators at Linkmate.

Growing up, I always thought ‘If being a friend could be a job, I want that job’ and that’s basically what we do here at Linkmate.

I’ve had my fair share of lived experience and I hope I can utilise this to empower and inspire! I’m very passionate about this space and I find that sharing my lived experience is a valuable way of connecting, relating and feeling heard.

I currently work as a peer worker in another mental health facility which has broadened my worldview immensely and has really shown me that the peer perspective helps with feeling less alone in your experience.

I’ve experienced traumas in life that have contributed to my depression and anxiety and I’m finding resilience and strength in learning about what this means for my own mental health journey.

I have a love for self-expression and I do this through making music – producing my little beats brings me lots of joy and a sense of catharsis. 

I love crocheting and propagating plants, spending time with friends and family and immersing myself in the wildness of nature.

Nicole Scott

Nicole Scott

Hello, my name is Nicole, my pronouns are They/She and I am living on Wadawurrung land. I am a workshop facilitator and advisor at Linkmate contracted through my business Aspire to Inspire. I Have lived experience with anxiety and depression, and these struggles fuel my passion for mental health education and support.

I do what I do for my younger self and anyone who struggles with their mental health. I am a uni student and have varied experiences working in youth mental health and advisory roles in various organisations and levels of government. In my spare time I love being in nature and doing anything that my younger self missed out on, this includes painting and exploring forests.

A quote I use often in my work and deeply resonates with my mental health journey is: You are Loved, You Belong and You are Enough (Even when you don’t feel it).

Adam Lust

Adam Lust

My name is Adam, and I am a workshop facilitator at Linkmate. A father of 3 incredible girls, a small business owner, and Psychology Honours student, I draw on my lived experience with anxiety and depression to provide encouragement, support, and optimism for others experiencing the same.

I am passionate about smashing the stigma which still surrounds mental illness and continues to seek opportunities to normalise the conversation, particularly amongst men.

In my spare time (what’s that?), I love being with my children, exploring nature, watching live sport, or seeking out new places to eat.

I look forward to combining my formal studies, lived experience, and passion for change in a role that enables me to help others understand that our mental health exists on a continuum and that, with the right tools, we can work towards a more enjoyable and fulfilling life.

Vinay Nair

Learning & Development Advisor

Advisor Hello, my name is Vinay (he/him). I grew up in India and arrived in Australia in early 2003 to study. Thanks to my curious mind, I have been on a journey of self discovery and learning through the life transitions and the people I meet along the way. 

I love helping others who don’t mind being vulnerable and that led me to getting involved in mental wellbeing. I work and volunteer as part of the several community wellbeing projects by applying my learnings and perspectives as a multicultural counsellor and educator. I currently advise Linkmate on matters related to learning and development. 

In this current time, I value safe spaces for people to explore their experiences and I feel that connection in a noisy interconnected world is through presence and Linkmate provides an opportunity for people to do exactly that. 

I try to spend all of my time wisely whether it is learning a new skill or hobby, cooking, spending time in nature or meeting new people.

vinay nair