Being Herd

Learn to share your story at a batyr Being Herd program. Click here to register your interest!

"I was surprised at how nervous I was before the workshop. I was afraid that my story would not compare to the other participants' experiences and doubted whether it would be seen as 'good enough' to share. I was at once made to feel confident and validated whilst being given constructive and supportive feedback. I did not feel judged or unworthy. The experience was immensely therapeutic and very liberating. I was amazed at the experiences of the other participants. Their messages of resilience, hope and courage continue to resonate with me. Even though we were strangers, hearing their stories, and knowing that they had heard mine, bonded us, and that was, and still is, very comforting."!

Being Herd Participant

Who is Being Herd for?

Being Herd is for young people aged 18 to 30 who want to learn how to share their experiences of mental ill health to help other young people. Examples of mental ill health include: depression, anxiety, suicide, trauma, grief, eating disorders, bullying and stress.

You don’t need a diagnosed mental illness to take part in the program. We are interested in the personal stories of anyone who has felt that their mental health has held them back, or made life more difficult than it needs to be.

The workshop

The two day workshop brings together a small group of young people 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.

Your story

All kinds of stories are welcome!

Every person relates to others differently and your story may positively change someone else’s life. By sharing your story you are directly helping to break down the stigma associated with mental health. You can help us demonstrate that experiencing mental ill health does not define an individual, rather, it is one part of their life journey.

Who will hear your story?

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 at batyr@school and batyr@uni programs. By speaking out and sharing your own experience, batyr Speakers smash the stigma around mental health and show students that they are not alone in their struggles, that support is available when they need it, and how truly beneficial getting help is.

If you are interested in participating in batyr’s Being Herd workshop please click here!

Being Herd Workshop Dates

2nd & 3rd April: Tamworth

10th & 11th April: ANU

7th & 9th May: UTS

22nd & 23rd May: Melbourne

*All dates are subject to change