These life stories may contain descriptions of childhood trauma and abuse, as well as images, voices and names of people now deceased. If you need help, you can find contact details for some relevant support services on our support page.

Academic, author, public speaker, and survivor, Gregory Smith was in an orphanage, foster care, and a juvenile detention centre as a child.

Gregory Smith has been featured in the Australian media:

He has also given a Ted Talk:

And published two books:

  • Smith, Gregory P. Better than Happiness. The True Antidote to Discontent. Penguin, 2023.
  • Smith, Gregory P. Out of the Forest: The true story of a recluse. Penguin, 2018.

Gregory Smith was honoured with a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) on 12 June 2023 for “service to the community through social welfare organisations.”

In the above video, Gregory mentions:

Image from here