Matthew Allen’s parents were worried about him. His mother Deborah had noticed that the 18-year-old had been having some difficulties in the last few weeks. Though he had some happy moments, his mood had been morose for the most part and he’d been socially withdrawn.
Matthew was an accounting student at Castle Hill TAFE, a suburban vocational school located to the north and west of Sydney, Australia. Perhaps it was the pressures he felt from school or maybe dissatisfaction with his friendships and relationships but whatever the reason, Matthew wanted to run away from his life…