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Caffeine fuels conversations around mental health

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

Banjo’s Bakery Café stores across Tasmania have 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 will donate 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 it was important for people to remember to sit down and have conversations with each other.

“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.”

Mr McPherson said Banjo’s was aiming to raise more than $35,000 in funds from coffee-loving locals.

“If Banjo’s can be a place where someone can go meet someone they care about and have a meaningful conversation then that’s a really important thing for us,” he said.

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