island entertainment presents

MC & Keynote Speaker – Mitch McPherson


As the founder of Tasmanian based organisation SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY, Mitch’s journey to raise awareness of suicide prevention and reduce the stigma around mental health began after his younger brother Ty took his own life in 2013.


Mitch, the 2017 Tasmanian Young Australian of the Year and National R U OK? Day Ambassador has had a remarkable journey transitioning from an everyday tradie into a well-respected and purpose-driven public speaker.


Mitch leads with an extraordinary vision for change, courageously harnessing his lived experience of loss to encourage our community to speak up about their mental health and take action. All through the important message of sparking conversations. Since the loss of his younger brother Ty in 2013, Mitch has dedicated his life to helping, educating and encouraging others to speak up about mental health and prevent suicide. All of this important work is well aligned to Mitch’s own personal values: compassion, authenticity, kindness and perseverance.


Mitch has become a “go to” in the Tasmanian community for important discussions and messaging around mental health – Aswell as assisting those seeking guidance on start-up charities, funding advice or looking to build strong Tasmanian connections.


Mitch is now also expanding his reach and skills into the Tasmanian media and events landscape. From media interviews, co-hosting 7HO/FM’s weekly sports radio show “The Waterboys, a podcaster with his weekly podcast ‘Get Frank’, a fun and vibrant MC of events as well as game day MC for the Tasmanian Jack Jumpers - Mitch does all he can to positively impact the community.


When presenting, sharing, broadcasting or hosting, Mitch always speaks from the heart. The connection he creates with the audiences he presents to is both genuine and empowering.


A devoted family man, father and husband, Mitch is just like a mate – he’s a passionate Carlton supporter, lover of sport and avid coffee drinker. He is someone you can relate to. He is real.



“Thank you, Mitch. For something that has always been seen as A Taboo subject, I believe you and your organisation have managed to open the doors and I can see how your talk can inspire real change and save lives.”

- Testimonial