Braving the cold for mental health

A NEW chilly initiative is encouraging the Tasmanian community to don their best pair of shorts and speak out to seek help.

‘Shorts Day’ is an initiative from SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY and will be held on Monday 21 June.

SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY founder Mitch McPherson said Shorts Day aimed to spark conversations in the Tasmanian community about mental health as well as raise funds.

“This will be our first Shorts Day encouraging the Tasmanian community to continue conversations about mental health,” he said.

“We want Tasmanians to wear shorts on the shortest day of the year to work or to school, or host a fundraiser.

“Together, braving the cold and braving the conversation around mental health.”

Mr McPherson said Shorts Day was an innovative and impactful way to bring the Tasmanian community together.

“SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY has sparked thousands of conversations in the past eight years, but we want to go bigger,” he said.

“We created Shorts Day to stand unified in breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health and suicide.”

Mr McPherson said the Winter date of Shorts Day was significant.

“This is an opportunity for us to show the community that it might be a bit uncomfortable to be cold, just as it might be uncomfortable to start a conversation about mental health,” he said.

“But Shorts Day represents an opportunity for us to do it together, as a community.”

Funds raised on the day will help SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY continue their work promoting positive mental health and preventing suicide.

To register for a fundraiser, visit www.staychatty.com.

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