BANJO’S Hobart is doing its part in aiding suicide prevention by joining a national fundraising campaign in partnership with SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY.
During the month of May, Banjo’s bakeries across Australia contributed 50 cents for every large coffee to the suicide prevention charity, which spreads the message that “it’s okay not to be okay.”
SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY founder Mitch McPherson said the partnership with Banjo’s had been a huge success, adding to the more than $27,000 raised during last year’s campaign.
“Not only does this partnership with Banjo’s raise much needed funds to help continue our work in suicide prevention, but it also spreads the word in Tasmania, New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland,” he said.
“The really great thing is that the message is being spread to regional Australia, locations that have a need for awareness but are normally difficult to reach.”
Mr McPherson said the funds raised through Banjo’s would be used to help run more community events.
“It will also help to run presentations to more organisations and most importantly, continue to fund our #TeamChatTY Schools Program,” he said.
“We deliver messages on where to find help if it’s needed, listening to those who need it and how we can all help each other out in tough times.”
Banjo’s managing director Jessica Saxby said supporting mental health initiatives in the Australian community was as vital as other health related causes.
“We at Banjo’s are right behind SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY,” she said.
“Mitch brings his personal experience of the devastating effects of youth suicide and he and our employees are dedicated to making a real difference.”
Mr McPherson has delivered more than 500 presentations throughout Australia, spreading the message that it’s okay to talk about how you really are and that seeking help for mental health issues needs to be viewed the same way as seeking help for physical health issues.
For more information about SpeakUp! StayChatTY or if you are interested in hosting a presentation with Mitch McPherson, visit https://staychatty.com.au or email email@example.com.
Caption: SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY founder Mitch McPherson, centre, with Banjo’s Hobart employees Elisa Grave, left, and Emily O’Neal.