Being Herd - Batyr


We are here to support youth mental health throughout COVID-19 and beyond. All our programs can be delivered online or face to face!

Being Herd

Have you got a story to share? Being Herd is a free two-day workshop that empowers young people (aged 18-30) to give a voice to their story of mental-ill health.

The Workshop

We’re excited to announce Being Herd has gone digital! We have adapted our workshop so it can be run online during this time of physical distancing.

The two-day workshop brings together a small group of young people (aged 18-30) to learn how to confidently share their lived experience with mental ill-health or what it’s been like supporting someone else.

The workshop focuses on highlighting the steps you took to get support, what has helped in your recovery or management of your experiences and how you can share your story in a safe and effective way for yourself and other young people.

For more info on what happens at our digital workshop click here. 

Upcoming Dates

Being Herd will be run online until further notice!

  • Sydney (UTS students): 11th-12th July
  • Adelaide: 18th-19th July
  • Brisbane: 25th + 26th July
  • Canberra: 8th-9th August
  • Central West: 8th-9th August
  • New England NSW: 26th + 27th September
  • Townsville (JCU students) 5th – 6th September

Please note all workshops run over a weekend, you need to be available on the Saturday from 10am -5pm and the Sunday 9am – 1pm.

Keen? Register your interest here. 

Who will hear you

The aim of the program is to enable you to tell your story in a constructive and empowering way that may one day benefit another person going through a difficult time.

After participating in the workshop you may also have the opportunity to undergo further training to become a batyr speaker, where you will tailor your storytelling to share your experience.


Learn to share your story

“This workshop is one of the best things I have done. If my story can help even one person, it’s worth it..”

Murray, Being Herd Participant

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We have now trained


young people

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Ricky || finding the stars of mental illness

“A certain kind of darkness is needed to see the stars.”

I’ve always turned to this quote when describing my experience with mental ill-health. Because, as much as depression has been a blanket of darkness cast over me, it’s also provided a backdrop which allows other parts of my life to really ‘shine’. These are some of those stars — the more positive things my experience with mental ill-health has given me…

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