A decade of impact… 10 years of SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY! 💙

Stay ChatTY started with a simple yet significant sticker that sparked a movement. From an original print run of just 1000, over 90,000 Stay ChatTY stickers are now in circulation right across the state (and across the country).

Although Stay ChatTY has faced many barriers along the way, it has continued to grow into a household name synonymous with showing up for each other, breaking down stigma and the power of storytelling.

When Mitch first started sharing his lived experience story, he used to have to beat down doors to create opportunities to share, but as the years have gone on Stay ChatTY continues to receive organic requests from every corner of the community asking us to visit and share our presentations. On average, our team now share in around 300 sessions, engaging more than 6500 people, every single year.

We want to be part of ongoing change. Until we live in a world where organisations like ours are no longer needed, we will keep showing up for those who have been affected by mental health challenges and suicide.

Together, as a community we can continue to be part of the positive change! 10 years down, but we are just getting started!

Across the next 12 months we will collaborate with local Tasmanian businesses and organisations to celebrate the decade of impact – if you or your business have a way we can work together – a co-branded clothing item, signage… email us: staychatty@reltas.com.au

Official Endorsement

Relationships Australia – Tasmania fully endorses and supports SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY. The work of SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY is managed and overseen by Relationships Australia.

Who We Are

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.

What We Do

Mitch and his team organise community events, fundraisers and presentations to community groups, workplaces, sporting clubs and schools to promote the SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY message.

The team works hard throughout Tasmania and Australia to raise awareness about mental health and suicide, and share that it’s OK to not be OK, where to find help, and how we can help each other out in tough times.

SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY is not a counselling service and we don’t provide mental health advice or treatment. If you feel distressed or need support, click the ‘Need help now’ link at the top of the page, or visit our Get help page for information on in-person, phone and online counselling services in Tasmania and across Australia.

Our Partnership with Relationships Australia Tasmania

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 across Tasmania.
Our partnership with RA Tas is an exciting collaboration and will provide Stay ChatTY with day-to-day operational and governance support, allowing us to engage with more communities and individuals across Tasmania. All donations and funds raised for SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY will continue to be used to deliver mental health promotion and suicide prevention programs to further our collective mission.

Stay ChatTY - Our Guide to Best Practices.
Stay ChatTY - Stay ChatTY was founded by Mitch McPherson in 2013 after the loss of his younger brother to suicide.
Stay ChatTY - Our programs and resources are evidence informed and created in alignment with mental health best practice guidelines.
Stay ChatTY - Our team is trained to deliver presentations and workshops in a safe and constructive way with continual development.
Stay ChatTY - Our programs are evaluated to ensure they achieve program objectives and outcomes and positively impact our community.
Stay ChatTY - We take a community oriented and strengths-based approach.