Caffeine fuels conversations around mental health

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FOR the month of September, catching up with a friend or family member for a cup of coffee and a conversation made a big difference to promoting positive mental health.

Banjo’s Bakery Café stores across Tasmania partnered with positive mental health organisation SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY for the sixth year to raise awareness and funds for mental health.

For every sale of a large coffee over the month of September, Banjo’s donated 50 cents to SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY to help the organisation develop further resources for their education, awareness programs and social media engagement.

SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY founder Mitch McPherson said he wanted to encourage people to have conversations.

“It’s important for people to remember to sit down and have conversations with each other,” he said.

“Especially with COVID, we’ve all taken a hit and dealt with it differently, so the theme this year is there’s no better time to be chatty than right now.

“Grab a friend or family member and sit down and check in to make sure they’re doing okay.

“A lot of us are experiencing financial, family and relationship problems and issues at the moment, so it’s important that we’re there for each other.”

The Glenorchy store sold about 2,191 large coffees to raise $1,095.50 and the Northgate store sold about 1,382 large coffees to raise $691.

“We love Banjo’s support and hope it continues for a long time to come,” Mr McPherson said.

Banjo’s Bakery Café Glenorchy and Northgate store manager Tammy Hill (pictured) has been with Banjo’s for three years and said the campaign hit close to home for her.

“I lost a few people close to me at quite a young age and I struggled with that, and also struggled with seeing my family go through that,” she said.

“I used to keep everything to myself and bottle it all up, but I found that if you talked to somebody just a little bit about what’s going on, you don’t keep that emotion inside.

“My husband was the main person that helped me, he helped me to talk about my problems and it got easier over time.”

The Glenorchy and Northgate stores support the community through a number of partnerships, including with the Glenorchy Knights Cricket Club, the Glenorchy Cricket Club and the Hobart Orioles Baseball Club.

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