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.”

Julia Gandy
Julia GandyProject Officer
“I’ve been in mental health research for more than 7 years now, working on topics like youth and family engagement in mental health, youth suicide prevention and mental health literacy.

I think it’s so important that we all have a basic knowledge of how to support our own mental health, as well as others’. This is why I’m so excited to be working at Stay ChatTY, specifically on our Schools Program – the more people we can equip with mental health knowledge, the better chance we have of intervening early and having mentally healthier communities.”