How to Change a Life by CQUniversity Podcasts

Starting to talk with Michael Bowles

March 29, 2021

CONTENT WARNING: This episode covers issues around mental health and suicide. 

More than two thirds of Australians say they’re stressed out – but is it all down to our busy lives?

When Brisbane dad and estimating manager Michael Bowles wasn’t coping, the first step to recovery was just talking.

Now researching his PhD on suicide in the construction industry, he’s busier than ever – and talking more than ever.

And the mission to help industry workmates has helped him find balance, too.

How to Change a Life is hosted by Mary Bolling from CQUni Communications. Music by CQUni alumnus Tristan Barton.

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If this episode raises issues for you, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14. 

Or contact the Suicide Call Back Service, offering crisis support to anyone in Australia aged 15 years and older. Call 1300 659 467.

CQUniversity students can access free counselling, phone 07 4930 9456 or email


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