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Braving the cold for Shorts Day

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Tasmanians across the state are braving the cold on the shortest day of the year, to shine a light on mental health. 

It's part of SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY's Shorts Day, which is aimed at sparking conversations in the Tasmanian community about mental health.

Founder Mitch McPherson says the community's support has been encouraging.

“We are thrilled to announce that more than 12,500 Tasmanians have registered to take part in the first ever SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY Shorts Day,” Mr McPherson said.

“Shorts Day registrations stretch across Tasmania from Bruny Island to Queenstown."

The Launceston Greyhound Racing Club is among the local groups taking part in Shorts Day.

For every dog wearing the blue number 4 rug that wins in Monday night's racing, the club will donate $500, to be matched by Tasracing.

Several trainers have also agreed to support the cause by wearing blue shorts, while parading their dogs on the track.

Mr McPherson says it's a great opportunity for the Tasmanian community to continue conversations about mental health.

“We have asked Tasmanians to wear shorts on the shortest day of the year to work or to school, or host a fundraiser. Together, braving the cold and braving the conversation around mental health,” he said

“We believe this will be an innovative and impactful way to bring the Tasmanian community together.”