Positive mental health – everyone, everyday.

SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY works to promote positive mental health and prevent suicide by normalising conversations about mental health and encouraging people to seek help when they need it.

Mitch McPherson established the organisation in 2013 after his younger brother Ty died by suicide. Mitch shares his personal story of loss to encourage others to speak up and seek help when they have issues or go through difficult times.

Stay ChatTY is proud to formally partner with Relationships Australia Tasmania in the delivery of our SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY programs. Stay ChatTY has been working with RA Tas since 2014, delivering suicide prevention and mental health promotion programs (see below for programs offered by Stay ChatTY) across Tasmania.

For more information about SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY, to make an enquiry, make a booking or access related resources please view the SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY Website at: www.staychatty.com.au

Programs:

Stay ChatTY Sports Program

The Stay ChatTY Sports Program is a free service for sporting clubs and communities in Tasmania. The Program sessions are targeted towards persons aged 14 years and over. Sporting clubs can include communities such as any organised sport, fitness gym, dance schools or your local running group.

What can I expect from the Stay ChatTY Sports Program?

The Stay ChatTY Sports Program facilitates an evidence-informed mental health awareness workshop to club players, coaches and managers. The workshop aims to help participants understand mental health, recognise signs and symptoms, seek help, and help out a team mate.

The program focuses on team culture and its role in team success; empowering players, coaches and managers to recognise the signs of mental illness among people in their club and point to resources that might help. In addition to delivering workshops, our Stay ChatTY Sports Program Facilitators also support clubs to run mental health sporting rounds; engaging the club’s broader community – supporters, parents and friends – in the program.

The Stay ChatTY Sports Program sits alongside the Good Sports Healthy Minds Program, which helps clubs develop mental well-being policies and procedures to create an inclusive and supportive club environment.

How do I book a session?

Contact the Stay ChatTY Team via staychatty@reltas.com.au, or call 1300 364 277.

Fees

This is a free program and is funded by the Tasmanian Community Fund.

Stay ChatTY Schools Program

SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY delivers a Schools Program for Students in Grades 9–12 that raises mental health awareness and builds student resilience and confidence to seek help and look after their mental health.

What can I expect from the Schools Program?

The team uses an evidence-informed universal awareness approach to deliver a strong message that it is okay not to be okay and that we can all play a role in promoting mental health at school.

The program is based around Mitch’s personal story, and incorporates storytelling, information-sharing and interactive activities.

The program also offers teacher and parent sessions to schools that build mental health awareness and provides information on how to help young people.

Fees

The Stay ChatTY Schools Program is free for Tasmanian Department of Education schools, funded by the Tasmanian Government Department of Education.

For Independent and Catholic Schools, a fee-for-service applies. Please contact Stay ChatTY at staychatty@reltas.com.au to enquire.

For more information visit the Stay ChatTY website or to make a booking, call 1300 364 277 or email staychatty@reltas.com.au

Stay ChatTY Community Presentation

The Stay ChatTY Community Presentation is a 45-minute mental health and suicide awareness presentation for workplaces and community organisations. The Community Presentation delivers evidence-informed key messages about mental health and suicide, reducing stigma, and encouraging conversation and help-seeking.

Sessions are targeted for people ages 18 +.

Mitch and the team speak to community groups and workplaces to promote the SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY message. Mitch shares his personal story and the far reaching impacts that suicide has on families and communities.

SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY shares key messages that it is okay to not to be okay, where to find help, and how we can help each other out in tough times.

We acknowledge that the subject of suicide may be difficult for many people. Mitch delivers his personal story with sensitivity, and in alignment with existing best practice guidelines for safe language.

Key outcomes

Workplaces and community groups will learn about mental health concepts, signs and symptoms of poor mental health, risk and protective factors for suicide, warning signs for suicide, how to start a conversation with someone you are concerned about, using supportive language, and where to find support in the community.

Fees

Sessions are free, however donations to support SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY to continue their work are appreciated.

For more information call 1300 364 277 or email staychatty@reltas.com.au or visit the Stay ChatTY website www.staychatty.com.au/programs/

Mitch’s lived experience

Mitch McPherson founded SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY after losing his brother Ty to suicide.

In 2014 he partnered with Relationships Australia Tasmania to help increase awareness and remove the stigma surrounding mental health.

Mitch is passionate about suicide prevention and shares his lived experience throughout Australia to help spread the message that nothing is so bad that you cannot talk about it.

Mitch’s presentation covers:

  • his personal story of losing his brother to suicide.
  • signs to look out for.
  • creating SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY.
  • Mitch’s 5 ways to create change.

We acknowledge that the subject of suicide may be difficult for many people. Mitch delivers his personal story with sensitivity, and in alignment with existing best practice guidelines for safe language.

This presentation can be delivered in 45 minutes.

If you would like Mitch to visit your school, workplace, community group or sporting club across Australia, please fill out a presentation request form and send it back to staychatty@reltas.com.au , or contact him directly at admin@mitchmcpherson.com.au

Key Outcomes

Through the SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY programs you will:

  • develop an understanding of mental health and suicide
  • be able to identify signs and symptoms of poor mental health and risk of suicide
  • learn how to engage in supportive conversations
  • understand where to access mental health support in the community
child safe organisation

We are a Child Safe organisation

At Relationships Australia Tasmania (RA Tas) we consider the health, safety and wellbeing of all children and young people to be our highest priority. We strive to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and young people. In particular, through our Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy.

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