Cuppa and chat to change mental health outcomes

St.LukesHealth is urging the community to have a conversation about positive mental health during the month of May.

In association with SPEAK Up! Stay ChatTY, Tasmania’s not-for-profit health fund St.LukesHealth is asking Tasmanians to get behind Banjo’s SPEAK Up! Stay ChatTY Coffee Month.

St.LukesHealth will donate $1000 to the cause that aims to  deliver mental health literacy training to sporting clubs across the state.

St.LukesHealth CEO Paul Lupo said building the resilience of young people was part of the fund’s core values to help members stay healthy and live better.

“We know from Department of Health statistics that depression is the most common diagnostic category for those accessing allied psychological services,” Mr Lupo said.

“Almost half of those (47.8 per cent) in 2015-2016 were aged between 25 and 52, but two in five (37.2 per cent) were aged under 25.

“We are pleased to support this cause and are extremely proud of Mitch and what he is achieving through his charity.”

St.LukesHealth first met SPEAK Up! Stay ChatTY’s Mitch McPherson in 2016 when he was awarded the St.LukesHealth Healthier Communities Award at the Tasmanian Young Achiever Awards.

Mr McPherson then went on to be awarded the Premier’s Young Achiever of the Year.

“St.LukesHealth has played a significant role in ensuring the success of the program through its ongoing support,” Mr McPherson said.

“What we know is that shockingly, suicide remains the leading cause of death for young people in Australia, a rate slightly lower than the older age groups, with impacts felt throughout the community.

“SPEAK Up! Stay ChatTY encourages everyone to speak up and seek help when they need it by continuing to spread the message of seeking help and supporting others when they are experiencing difficult times.

“We are extremely grateful for the support St.LukesHealth provides that allows us to spread the positive mental health message across the state.”

For the month of May, Banjo’s will donate 50 cents from every large coffee sold to SPEAK Up! Stay ChatTY to support its sports programs.

The program helps club members understand the importance of mental health by recognising the signs and symptoms to help a teammate out.

If you need to talk to someone, you can call Lifeline Australia on 13 11 14 or beyondblue on 1300 224 636.
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