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Jed follows inspiration to make a difference

We love hearing about the positive ripple effect that people in our community have when they take inspired action. Ben Hirst recently completed his third massive annual effort for Stay ChatTY and had many people join him during his seven day mission to run Laps for Lads. Jed Matthews (pictured) was one of those people that came [...]

Jayde swims the English Channel for charity

Earlier on in November Jayde Richardson swam for over 12 hours and successfully crossed the English Channel. Jayde some time ago decided to raise funds for us at Stay ChatTY along the way given her passion for mental health and suicide awareness. We were so pleased recently to receive a visit from Jayde to announce she had raised [...]

The Schools Program flies to Flinders Island

Kat and Julia were given an exciting opportunity to travel to Flinders Island in November, presenting our positive mental health workshops. Over two days they delivered sessions to teachers, students and community members. They also found some time in between to explore the incredible island! Thank you so much Flinders Island District School, TasPorts and Ken at Mountain [...]

UTAS staff compete to raise funds for Stay ChatTY

Last month, the Student Operations Division within the University of Tasmania fundraised for us at Stay ChatTY. Five teams within the division competed against each other to see who could raise the most money. Teams cooked meals, baked desserts, even sketched drawings, selling them to raise further funds. Mitch was thrilled recently, as [...]

Stay ChatTY School Program expands

The Stay ChatTY Schools Program will now be available for all Catholic and Independent secondary schools across Tasmania in 2020. The Schools Program provides mental health literacy workshops for grades 9-12, which is grounded in evidence and aligned with the Australian Secondary School Curriculum. We also offer teacher and parent workshops in cost-effective packages for a whole school [...]

Calvary test their knowledge and raise awareness around mental health

The Annual Calvary Quiz night was held recently, run, organised and lead by the amazing David Clarke and Ash Tuttle. General Manager Calvary Hobart Marcus DiMartino and Director of Mission Tony Brennan (pictured) were on hand at a Leaders and Managers session held in Hobart recently, to hand over the [...]

Mitch keynotes at the Australian Institute of Embalming Conference

Mitch delivered a keynote presentation at the National Australian Institute of Embalming Conference. Around 100 people gathered from across the country (and internationally) for this annual event which this year was held in Tasmania. Millingtons Funeral and Cemetery Services continue to support Stay ChatTY and kindly donated $1000 to allow us to [...]

James and Mitch attending Dominic College for their Mental Health Week

Mitch and James proudly represented Stay ChatTY at Dominic College’s inaugural ‘Mental Health Week’. This initiative led by Grade Coordinator of Pastoral Care, Aaron Davey focuses on a variety of topics such as self-care, body image, fitness and how to safely manage social media to name a few. We delivered four sessions [...]

Tash presents the Community Presentation for the first time

Congratulations Tash, our Community Engagement Officer, on completing her first presentation! Students at UTAS, studying their Masters of Teaching were lucky enough to have Tash talk about mental health, supportive conversations and where we can find help for ourselves, or for the people around us. Well delivered Tash 👏🏼 #StayChatTY [...]

Our Program Facilitator Kylea from Launceston presents the Sports Program to Riverside Olympic Soccer Club

Recently Kylea delivered the Sports Program to the Riverside Olympic Soccer Club in Launceston. It was great to share our ideas and to have such open and honest chats around the topic. Thank you for inviting the conversation of mental health into your club. If you are a sports club in [...]

Kat and Julia present the Schools Program at Don College in Devonport

Kat and Julia have been working their tails off lately! They have just completed seven school sessions in only five days, two at Winnaleah and five at Don College. The students were great and so enthusiastic to help us create communities that support mental health and encourage supportive conversations. #SchoolsProgram #StayChatTY


On September 12th the R U OK? 10-week Conversations Convoy will be complete. The convoy will finish in Sydney on R U OK? Day (September 12). The aim of the ‘Conversation Convoy’ is to make every day R U OK? Day by encouraging more Australians to get comfortable asking the [...]

A Masquerade

We are thrilled to be part of an upcoming Gala Ball in Launceston Tasmania on October 5. Join us in the north of the state for an evening of glam, dancing, and most of all raising funds for mental health awareness here in Tasmania. Link to tickets is below. Thanks [...]

Komatsu commits grant towards youth adviser project

Kyra (pictured) works as a spare parts apprentice with Komatsu (Komatsu Limited). Each year Komatsu run an initiative called “Live Your Dream”. LYD is designed to help their employees achieve personal goals and improve their communities by applying for a $10,000 grant to go towards a certain organisation or charity. [...]

The Schools Program travelled south to Dover District School

Earlier in the month Stay ChatTY visited the Dover District School to deliver the Schools Program. It was great to see so many staff and support teachers attend the session right there with the students. Thank you to the students and teachers for inviting the conversation of mental health into your [...]

Mitch delivers his lived experience to Eastside Lutheran College

After an 8 week break of delivering presentations, Mitch McPherson returned this week to kick start a busy back end of the year sharing his story. To kick it off, he was invited to share this week with the grade 9 group at Eastside Lutheran College on Hobart’s Eastern-shore. ELC [...]

SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY Ball 2019 – What an incredible night!

We are super excited to announce the total amount raised from this years’ SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY Ball. Drumroll………………. We raised an impressive $83,176!!! Thank you to all 650 plus guests who united together to show support for our ever growing organisation. To our team led by Amanda French, thank [...]

Stay ChatTY and Relationships Australia Tasmania attend the 2019 Suicide Prevention Australia National Conference

The team look ready to go at this year’s Suicide Prevention Australia National Conference in Melbourne. The conference spanned 3 days of learning, networking, and bringing home some fresh ideas for our work throughout Tasmania. 👊 #StayChatTY #NSPC19

We have an exciting partnership announcement

Relationships Australia Tasmania and Clennett's Mitre 10 have announced a formal partnership between the two organisations, specifically to support the activities of SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY. For three years, Clennett's Mitre 10 will contribute $30,000 annually, in addition to proceeds raised from fundraising initiatives throughout the partnership. "Our partnership with [...]

James presents the Sports Program to the state women’s football squad

The state women’s football team invited James to deliver the Sports Program to learn about mental health, keeping mentally fit and how to help out a team mate. Gaining knowledge of is essential to breaking down the stigma that exists around mental health in Tasmania. We can all play an [...]

Lifeline Tasmania are looking for your help!

Begin a conversation with Lifeline Tasmania now to commence your journey towards becoming a 13 11 14 Volunteer Crisis Supporter. Working on the frontline of suicide prevention, you could make a significant difference to people experiencing personal crisis. To explore the training and volunteering options available as a Crisis Supporter, [...]

Mitch presenting to the staff at pitt&sherry

Mitch travelled far and wide to share his story with all office staff for Specialist Engineer group pitt&sherry. Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Devonport, Launceston and Hobart all welcomed Mitch with open arms, as the business proudly and collectively addressed mental health with their staff. We thank you pitt&sherry for your generous donation towards us continuing our [...]

Jayde will swim the English Channel to raise money for Stay ChatTY

Jayde in September will attempt to swim the English Channel all whilst raising funds for us here at Stay ChatTY. Jayde has already raised over $2000, and we are thrilled to have such a determined and passionate Tasmanian supporting us. We will keep everyone up to speed on Jayde's journey. #StayChatTY Jayde Richardson's English Channel Swim [...]

James journeys up the East Coast to chat with the East Coast Giants Junior Football Club

Good club culture takes a lot of hard work to build, but its value is priceless. The Sports Program looks at actions that club members can participate in to build exactly this. Thank you to the East Coast Giants for having Stay ChatTY at your club!

The School Program presents to Hobart College

Kat and Julia visited the students of Hobart College to present the Schools Program to two health studies classes. Engaging in conversations about mental health are so important to break down the stigma, one of Stay ChatTY’s big goals is to normalise the conversation so individuals who need support have the smoothed pathway to receive it. Thank [...]

Congratulations on the winner of the 2019 LIFE Awards

The Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Community Network (TSPCN) held their annual LIFE Awards before their forum the next day in Hobart. Stay ChatTY for the third year running proudly sponsored the Outstanding Contribution to Suicide Prevention by a Young Person award. We were pleased to announce that the winner was The Hutchins School. The Hutchins School [...]

Stay ChatTY Supported by the Touch Football Tasmania – School Series

This month was the launch of the Touch Football Tasmania - Hobart School Series. This year is the first time the series has come to Hobart which 12 teams will participate in. The second event will be held in Launceston where a massive 42 teams have registered to play. [...]

The Sports Program visits Launceston Women’s Football Club

Earlier this month James presented to the Launceston Women's Football Club. Stay ChatTY are huge supporters of women in sport. Even in the space of one year, there are more female clubs across Tasmania, presenting great opportunities and role models for young women across the state. If you know [...]

TUMSS – Tasmania University Medical Student Society raise money for Stay ChatTY

Throughout 2018 the TUMSS have been holding various fundraising events to raise money for Stay ChatTY. Earlier this month Kat met up with some of their members to accept the cheque. Thank you to the society for the efforts in not only collecting money, but in helping us spread [...]

SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY is excited to announce the launch of SANE Forums

Australians with lived experience or caring for someone with a mental illness can now connect and share experiences in a safe online community. In partnership with SANE Australia, our website now offers two forums, one for carers and another for people with lived experience. The forums provide a peer-to-peer service. It’s [...]

For the month of March Mr Burger will support Stay ChatTY

Mr Burger is proud to be supporting Stay ChatTY for the month of March. The family-run business, who have been touched by suicide, is passionate about raising awareness of mental health issues here in Tasmania. For the month of March, $1 from every single burger sold at both Mr Burger Hobart and the [...]

Stories Worth Sharing – Our second story

SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY strongly believes in the power of lived experience to create change. Stories Worth Sharing aims to give a voice to the many people who have struggled with their own mental health, supported others, or have been bereaved by suicide. We hope that these stories will help to bring light to the issue and provide hope and connection for [...]

TSLW team Kingborough Tigers welcome James to talk all things sport and mental health

In January, James was invited to Kingborough Tigers Women’s Football Club to deliver the Stay ChatTY Sports Program. It was an informative evening with lots of questions and good conversation had. As the girls knuckle down into their pre-season, no better way than to be reminded about the importance of listening to the ones [...]