More than a third of Tasmanians aged 25 to 34 have reported seeking professional help for a mental health problem in the past year, statistics from the 2019 Tasmanian Health Report snapshot show.
The overview reports that potentially preventable hospitalisations and mental health management is costing the Tasmanian economy millions each year.
To encourage Tasmanians to seek more support in the mental health space, St.LukeHealth is proud to continue its partnership with SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY for the next three years.
SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY works to promote positive mental health and prevent suicide by normalising conversations about mental health and encouraging people to seek help when they need it.
Former Tasmanian Young Achiever of the Year and St.LukesHealth Healthier Communities recipient Mitch McPherson established the organisation in 2013 after his young brother Ty died by suicide.
While not providing counselling services, mental health advice and treatment, Mitch and his team organise community events and present to schools and community groups, workplaces and sporting clubs to promote a positive mental health message.
The partnership will assist SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY to develop a workplace mental health program that addresses stigma in the workplace while training staff members in Mental Health First Aid.
“We acknowledge the value in mentally healthy workplaces and the contribution it can make to positive employee mental health and promote organisational performance,” Mr McPherson said.
“We will use an evidence-informed approach to promote specific factors that contribute to the mental health of employees and the development of mentally healthy workplaces.”
St.LukesHealth Chief Marketing Officer Ben Davis said the data uncovered from the past two St.LukesHealth-commissioned Tasmanian Health Reports reinforced that young people needed support in the mental health space.
“The research from the reports has provided St.LukesHealth will an opportunity to be proactive in the mental health space,” Mr Davis said.
“We want to encourage Tasmanians to seek support for mental ill health and early intervention services, SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY will help reinforce that message to people across the state.”