batyr@school programs aim to remove the stigma around mental health and engage, educate and empower young people to reach out for help when they need it.

What’s it all about?

batyr@school programs aim to remove the stigma around mental health and engage, educate and empower young people to reach out for help when they need it.

The carefully researched programs are unique in that trained young speakers share their lived experiences with mental ill health, alongside trained facilitators who deliver vital educational information in a fun, safe and engaging way.

Research shows that the best approach to reducing the stigma surrounding mental health is through direct contact with peers who have experienced similar struggles. The batyr@school programs play an important role in breaking down this stigma and bridging the gap between young people and the wide array of services available to them.

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batyr@school programs:

There are a range of programs on offer designed to cater to the needs of Yr 9-12

60 – 90min batyr@school program

The original batyr program! The program is designed to be both informative and fun, for students (and teachers alike). Young, relatable speakers and facilitators engage the students with their stories of hope, resilience and courage. The program educates students on the support networks and services available to them (including your school’s services), and empowers them to reach out for help when needed.

Half day and Full day batyr@school program

Engaging and fun, the program provides opportunities for students to further engage with mental health and wellbeing as well as connect with community role models and services. These programs engages the students in activities focused on wellbeing, and how students can implement mental health initiatives in their own school.

batyr@school parent forums

batyr Parent Forums are designed to provide a range of perspectives on the topic of mental health and wellbeing for young people from a variety of experts and speakers. Through a lived experience speaker and a Q&A session, parents will walk away with a greater understanding of mental health and how they can provide support to their teen, as well as what services are available to them.

batyr@school chapters

batyr believe that student empowerment and student led initiatives are fundamental to reducing stigma around the topic of mental health and encouraging help seeking behaviour. batyr@school Chapters equip students with the resources and tools to achieve these goals and continuing to develop a positive culture within the school around mental health and wellbeing.

batyr@school Teacher Professional Development

Unlike most ‘death-by-powerpoint’ PD programs, the batyr@school for Teachers PD is a 2 hour BOSTES & TQI accredited interactive and collaborative workshop that equips teachers with the knowledge and skills to look out for the wellbeing of their students. Teachers hear from a trained lived experience speaker, who shares their story of mental ill health. The program looks at batyr’s ‘5 key mental health support strategies’ and implements these in case studies of hypothetical situations that teachers may encounter with their students.

``I have to be honest and say I was skeptical as I’ve seen mental health presentations before that were boring and the kids did not enjoy them at all. This one was delivered by younger and enthusiastic presenters. I’ve recommended this presentation for next year to our pastoral care coordinator and year coordinator. Many thanks again, great feedback from the students!``- Head of Yr 12, Radford College
``The bottom line for why batyr works in our schools is that they bring real young people with real lived experience into contact with students in a way that engages our students and brings the discussion around mental health home for them.``- Student Wellbeing Teacher
``This is the second year with batyr and they connect with kids like no other program I’ve seen. They’re engaging, they connect on a personal level and the personal stories make it real. They energise those kids and change mindsets.``- Head of Welfare, Calrossy Anglican High School
``More conversations have been started this week... There has been a noticeable shift in our year's attitude to such a silenced, 'behind closed doors' matter.``- Year 10 School Student
``Thank you! For some of us, it’s just another presentation. But for others, it’s a massive neon light that declares 'hey, it’s okay, and it’s okay to talk about it'``- Year 12 Student
``Thanks for giving me the courage to seek help. It's been hard for me at the moment and I think I really needed this.``- Year 10 Student