2017 was one of phenomenal growth, development and impact.
Over 40,000 young people were directly reached in our structured and engaging programs designed to smash the stigma around mental health and empower young people to reach out for support when they need it. That’s over 40,000 young Australians who now feel better equiped to talk about mental health, to acknowledge when they, or a friend might be struggling, and to know who they can turn to for support.
Below you will see an overview from each of our program teams, but first, here a few of our 2017 highlights:
- Rolling out new batyr@school follow up programs; ‘Stressed Out’ and “Look Out For Your Mates’, enabling us to continuously support school students as they progress through years 9 to 12.
- Completing a Masters Study into the effectiveness of our batyr@school program in partnership with Macquarie University’s Centre for Emotional Health (Department of Psychology). The findings showed our program was successful in reducing stigma young people had towards others experiencing mental health issues and it led to an increase in attitudes and intentions towards seeking help from professionals for mental health issues and suicidal thoughts.
- Sharing the batyr story Internationally – At the International Association for Youth Mental Health Conference in Dublin, Ireland & the Social Enterprise World Forum in Christchurch, New Zealand and at the Inaugural Hong Kong Blue Tie Ball, Hong Kong.
- Hearing from the incredibly passionate and inspiring Layne Beachley at our 2017 Blue Tie Ball. Layne’s ability to embrace her vulnerability and talk openly about her own challenges and the benefits of reaching out for support was a powerful a reminder to us all – that it’s okay not to be okay and help is out there.
- Securing three new 2020 partnerships alongside Diona, with The Greiner Foundation and Third Link Investment extending their support until 2020 and Liptember signing on as a platinum sponsor for three years.
The Being Herd team delivered 23 workshops across NSW, ACT, VIC, QLD and SA equiping 168 young Australians with the skills and confidence to safely and effectively share their story with mental ill health.
252 batyr@school programs were delivered to students in years 9 to 12.
batyr worked with 155 High Schools across NSW, VIC, QLD, ACT and SA.
A total of 33,125 high school students were reached, hearing stories of hope from our young and relatable speakers, as well as tips on how to look after their mental health and how to look out for their mates.
We welcomed new University Partners:
In total 85 programs were delivered across campuses at our University Partners – UTS, ANU, UniSA and UNE, & USYD Faculty of Health Sciences.
82 events were held on campuses across each partner university, with each event starting more conversations around mental health, helping to normalise the conversation and reduce stigma.
Between programs, events and national health promotion campaigns, a total of 18,873 uni students were reached.