Barrett is just over 30. He was on the streets at 13. He spent time in jail for manslaughter. He sleeps right outside a plush Sydney café. He has the cocky arrogance of a survivor of tough times and deep pain. He’s Chess Master of the Hyde Park boys.
‘Most people, if you live in a big city, you see some form of schizophrenia every day, and it’s always in the form of someone homeless. ‘Look at that guy – he’s crazy. He looks dangerous.’ Well, he’s on the streets because of mental illness. He probably had a job and a home’
– Eric McCormack – ACTOR
If you or someone you know is on the edge through mental illness or sleeping rough, the Exodus Foundation can offer assistance and advice through its Social Health & Wellbeing service and Crisis Intervention program
Many other kind hearted organisations and Government bodies are also there to help. Links to just some are provided. They are offered in good will to simply assist you in starting your search. There are more organisations in all states which may suit your needs better.