Congratulations to Tasmanian Heywire 2021 Trailblazers Winners Matt Etherington & Carrie Tan
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Chronic illness and mental health took control of Matt’s life and he thought there was no
way out. Until he realised he wasn’t alone in this feeling. With mental health impacting
one in every four students in Australia, it’s no wonder Matt and Carrie decided to try and
do something about this.
Student Mental Health Tasmania is a student led not-for-profit which aims to increase
the wellbeing of students through training, awareness, calls for action, advocacy, and
consultations. The group has reached out to more than 650 tertiary students since they
began in 2017.
The mental health training encourages peer support, self-care, community resilience,
culture change and crisis preparedness. They are facilitated by students with lived
experiences providing guidance on self-care, how to use accredited training to support
their networks, and what the key barriers are to mental health and wellbeing.
The program has partnered with headspace, Lifeline, the Australia Red Cross and Beyond
Blue to help young Tasmania students build resilience and thriving futures.