Mitch’s Lived Experience

Expand your knowledge and be inspired to action after hearing Mitch’s story of losing his brother to suicide.

Mitch 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, the 2017 Tasmanian Young Australian of the Year, is passionate about suicide prevention and shares is lived experience throughout Australia to help spread the message that nothing is so bad that you can’t 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

Mitch’s book ‘Behind the Smile: A story of life after loss’, will also be available to purchase at the time.

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.

The 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 , or contact him directly at