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MIND GAMES RAISES MORE THAN $80,000

THE second ever Mind Games has been hailed a success, raising more than $80,000 for mental health research with donations still rolling in.

After being delayed by COVID-19, the event returned bigger and better.

It featured 275 competitors from 55 Tasmanian businesses tackling 11 secret stages at the Goods Shed in Hobart.

Teams of five travelled around the course with 30 minutes to complete each stage.

The stages were large scale installations designed by the stage sponsor.

Mind Games creator and energy health director Sherri Ring said the stage sponsors had “…hit it out of the park…” with the scale and inventiveness of challenges.

“The first Mind Games was incredible, but this is next level,” she said.

“A big thank you to our sponsors, especially our gold sponsor, TasNetworks, and our silver sponsor, Tas Gas.

“For the Tasmanian business community to rally around this event and the cause of promoting good mental health in the workplace is incredible, not just in spite of COVID, but because of it.

“We need more than ever to be having open, honest conversations about mental health and reducing the stigma, and we need to support research that advances our knowledge of how employers can ensure their workplaces are mentally healthy.”

Donations can still be made via The Mind Games website at www.themindgames.com.au, with all proceeds going to the Menzies Institute for Medical Research for research into workplace mental health.

“At the end of the day, it’s also about having fun, creating connections with your colleagues and other businesses and working as a team,” Ms Ring said.

TasNetworks acting general manager for people, culture and community Pip Bartlett said the company had been so impressed by the first event that they signed up on the spot to continue as gold sponsor.

“The energy in the venue is incredible,” she said.

“It’s so much fun, but there is also a serious side to it, which is saying to our staff that good mental health is important and that we are here to support them.

“It’s also about demonstrating to the wider business community that we have a responsibility to the Tasmanian people to create supportive, mentally healthy places for people to work.”

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