This May was the 9th annual Banjos Bakery x Stay ChatTY month with all 28 Tasmanian Banjo’s stores getting involved to raise awareness for Stay ChatTY.

This year’s campaign has focused on the number “45” to spark conversations to normalise mental health conversations – according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) almost half (45%) of Australians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime. We are passionate about stopping stigma and starting conversations, and this campaign highlights the important role we can all play in being part of positive change and impact.

All Banjo’s customers were offered the opportunity to donate 45c to Stay ChatTY with any transaction instore during the May.

Throughout May our team also hit the road and went out into the community to host Q & A sessions at Banjo’s New Norfolk, and Banjo’s Longford. Individuals over the age of 14 were all welcome to attend these sessions and had the opportunity to share and discuss stories with Mitch and Tash at New Norfolk, and Callan and Kylea in Longford. The sessions saw a mix of local staff, as well as new and familiar faces from the community and local sporting clubs coming out.

We are so grateful for the opportunity we have to continue being part of these meaningful interactions that impact our community in such a positive way for mental health awareness, and reducing the stigma around mental health conversations alongside Banjo’s.