Meet the Team

Mitch McPherson
Mitch McPhersonFounder
“In 2013 I was working in the trade industry as a glazier. But when my younger brother Ty took his own life, I decided to turn the devastating loss into something constructive, and founded SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY.

What started as me sharing my story has now grown into a registered not-for-profit that works hard to raise mental health awareness and reduce stigma. I have now spoken at over 600 events, including school groups, workplaces and sporting clubs, and I am dedicated to spreading the message that nothing is so bad that you can’t talk about it.

I believe my story resonates with many people. People who, like my family at the time, might not think mental health is a priority or that they will ever be affected by it.

My vision is that SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY will become a national charity, with a focus on delivering programs in schools and sporting to increase awareness and remove the stigma surrounding mental health.”

James Rice
James RiceProject Officer
“I am an accredited exercise physiologist who enjoys seeing people reach their potential through exercise and the support and connection it offers. I am also a strength and conditioning coach at the North Hobart Football Club, where I deliver programs to increase player performance on and off the field.

I am passionate about developing not only good footballers, but great young men who in turn become valued members of the Tasmanian community. My interest in developing young people has lead me to Stay ChatTY, and I’m so excited to be delivering about mental health and resilience to sporting clubs across the state.”