About Us

batyr was launched in 2011, after founder Sebastian Robertson experienced the frustration and isolation of living silently with mental ill health whilst at university. Sebastian recognised that it was time to have open honest conversations about mental health with young people, and founded the organisation, naming it after batyr (‘hero’), The Talking Elephant From Kazakhstan.

batyr exists to ‘give a voice to the elephant in the room’ – mental health.

Why we exist

Of every 30 students in Australia, seven will be dealing with a mental health issue, yet only two will reach out for support, leaving five suffering in silence.
Sadly, most young people dealing with mental health issues do not reach out for help, largely due to stigma.


All young people are engaged in positive conversations about mental health and empowered to reach out for support when needed.

Who we are

batyr is a ‘for purpose’ preventative mental health organisation, created and driven by young people, for young people.

What we do

We smash the stigma surrounding mental ill health and empower young people to reach out for support.
We help create communities that support young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

How we do it

We Engage. Educate. Empower.
Engage by young people talking to young people about mental health and wellbeing
Educate through the sharing of young people’s lived experience stories
Empower young people by giving them the knowledge and skills to lead mentally healthy lives