As we pass the halfway mark for 2017, here’s a look back at some of the achievements and big wins of Quarter Two:
- We welcomed two newbies to the batyr team – Uni Program Team Manager Seher and Finance and Project Manager Liz
- Sam presented at the Inaugral Australasian Mental Health and Higher Education Conference in sunny Townsville
- We secured three 2020 partnerships with The Greiners, Third Link Investment and Liptember committing to supporting us over the next three years
- We ran a total of 89 School, University and Being Herd programs across the country taking our total reach of young people since inception to 69,251
- And to top off the quarter the whole crew came together in Sydney for two days of learning, reflection and planning, at what we called our mid year rumble!
The quarter saw our four new Being Herd staff members getting settled into their roles in Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and Brisbane, with a big focus on training and development.
Excitingly all new staff were involved in the four workshops that we ran in Sydney, University of Technology Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. In total 33 young Australians were trained to safely and effectively share their story with or through mental ill health. From this, 16 new people have continued on from the workshop to further their training to be a speaker at our school and uni programs.
During the quarter we also launched a social media campaign, encouraging young people to sign up to our Being Herd workshops. The campaign has seen some really positive results with Harry who features in the video receiving lots of supportive messages from youth inspired by his decision to share his story. Check it out below:
So far in 2017 we’ve booked in 232 batyr@school programs at 122 schools. In the last quarter alone we:
- Ran 65 structured programs in schools across the country
- Reached 9,639 students with stories of hope, recovery and resilience
At batyr, we value a holistic approach to mental health, ensuring that students, parents and teachers all are engaged in this important conversation. During the quarter we ran three Parent forums, providing tools, resources and skills that help parents have positive conversations about mental health with their children.
Another big milestone for our schools team was that we’ve landed in South Australia, running our first ever batyr@school program at Saint Ignatius College in Adelaide! This is only the start of our new expansion into the state, with a further three schools locked in to run programs in 2017.
“Sometimes the idea of mental health is so foreign to us if we haven’t experienced it or been exposed to it, but hearing the stories not only helps with the storyteller’s journey, but also makes it real and puts a face to the issue to give us a reason to do something” – Y12 Student
This quarter the batyr@uni team have engaged with a total of 4586 students, aiming to normalise the conversation around mental health and create a culture where students feel capable and empowered to reach out for help if they need it.
17 batyr@uni programs were run across various faculties and colleges UTS, ANU, UNISA, UNE and USYD (Cumberland campus).
On top of that a total of 28 events were run in the quarter, promoting positive mental health and wellbeing.
The batyr team have also welcomed Seher Arslan as the new university team manager. Seher will support the batyr@uni crew to fulfil the university partnerships across the 5 universities. Seher is also batyr’s resident DJ having played at gigs across the world.
We ran a national training day in April to kick off the quarter with Facilitators learning the ‘Look Out for Your Mates’ batyr@school follow up program, and reviewing the ‘Reach Out’ resources for services we advocate for at programs.
We also successfully ran a VIC Facilitator Recruitment with over 60 applicants culminating in an awesome workshop with 3 new hot shots joining the team in Melbourne!
In the last quarter alone, over 80% of the batyr@school programs, and 76% of batyr@uni programs were delivered by Casual or Part Time Facilitators.
Fundraising and Events
The quarter saw a number of incredible community events and fundraisers supporting the blue elephant. Highlights included:
- Over 1800 Irish and Australians waking up at the crack of dawn to participate in Darkness into Light – an awareness and fundraising event supporting batyr for the second year and Pieta House in Ireland. Held at Bondi Beach, (one of 150 venues worldwide) the picturesque and powerful morning was filled with community spirit and a sense of hope that together we can make a difference
- Lots of love for our ‘One Sock One Goal’ campaign with a ‘1S1G’ sports round held by students at The Armidale School (TAS), and a ‘1S1G’ fun run in Cobar
- The legends at Graincorp supporting us at their conference in Parkes, and presenting batyr with a generous donation
- Launching a new partnership with the Australian Radio Network thanks to our friends UnLTD
And to finish up what was a big quarter our 2017 Blue Tie Ball sold out in minutes!
Coming up in Quarter 3:
- Civic2Surf/Most of the Coast – A University led awareness and fundraising event that sees over 80 university students from ANU, UTS and USyd run from Canberra and Palm Beach to Bondi Beach over August the 17th and 18th.
- Blue Tie Ball Sydney on August 26th. Whilst we have sold out GA tickets, there are still two Corporate sponsorships tables left! If interested please email our partnerships Manager Jono@batyr.com.au or if you, or someone you know would like to donate any awesome items for the raffle/silent auction please email email@example.com. Your generous support will be greatly appreciated
- Speaking of balls…the Blue Tie Ball is going international. Saturday 9th September will see the first ever Hong Kong Blue Tie Ball
- And rolling with September – look out for the campaign Liptember – a campaign raising funds and awareness for women’s mental health during the month of September, which batyr are now a proud partner of
- ‘Stigma reduction and help seeking in Australian schools’ – A Research Report on the batyr@school program conducted by researchers at Macquarie University. Stay tuned for the positive findings!
As batyr charge into the 2nd half of the year, we do so with the confidence that together we can continue to smash the stigma around mental health and empower young people to reach out for support when they need it.
Thanks to all our supporters for helping us along the way, we couldn’t do it without you.