Episode 102

Beyond Hello Sunday Morning with Chris Raine


From a simple idea in 2010 to take 12 months off drinking and see what happened, Chris Raine’s blog (called Hello Sunday Morning) documenting that journey turned into a movement aimed at changing Australia’s relationship with alcohol.

From just a handful of followers, by 2013 over 10,000 people (including me!) had joined up with Hello Sunday Morning to reassess our relationship with alcohol.

By 2014 Chris and his team evolved the Hello Sunday Morning organisation into a $4 million, Government-funded health service that now supports one of the largest communities in the world with evidence-based care for alcohol behaviour change.

After ten years at Hello Sunday Morning, in 2020, Chris stepped down as CEO and took a six-month sabbatical, to explore and understand more deeply who he was and what made him tick.

In 2021, Chris began working on Australians for Mental Health – an advocacy campaign focused on ensuring Australian Governments invest 1% of GDP to implement the recommendations highlighted by the Productivity Commission and Royal Commission into Mental Health reports.

In this episode of the podcast, we talk about:

– the Hello Sunday Morning back story
– what he is up to now
– addiction
– connection
– community
– kindness, compassion and generosity of spirit
– mental health
– the human condition
– healing
– life purpose
– slowing down
– taking the pressure off
– and what it is to be a good person and live a good life.

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Fiona Redding

Fiona Redding


My mission in life is to share everything I have learned – and am continuing to learn – about turning my own life around and to really help you understand that happiness is to be found in the overcoming of obstacles and challenges in your life, and not in the absence of them.  To achieve your potential in life, you need to become your potential.  And for that to be, you need to understand yourself, and learn how to harness your strengths and overcome your weaknesses.   You have the power within you to create whatever reality you choose, and I am here to help you know that if you don’t like what you are experiencing, then you can absolutely change that.   But you do have to choose, believe, and be open to all possibilities, and to keep showing up every day, even when it feels really hard. Because if you do what is easy, your life will be hard.  But if you do what is hard, your life will be easy.