batyr@uni

Research highlights students are five times more likely to experience mental ill health when at university*
86% of students who do suffer a significant mental health issue are likely to drop out from university*

What’s it all about?

Our batyr@uni programs offer a unique form of education that hopes to see a happier, healthier generation of young people by removing the stigma around mental health and empowering young people to reach out for help when they need it.

batyr@uni programs act as a bridge between students and avenues of help, assisting them to take that first and crucial step of getting help. batyr speakers share their personal stories of difficult times, educating the students about the first hand benefits of reaching out, the avenues which are available to them both on and off campus, and how best to help themselves or someone else facing similar situations.

Long-term batyr@uni partnerships currently exist at the University of Technology Sydney, Australian National University in Canberra, The University of South Australia in Adelaide, University of New England and the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney. An important aspect of the partnership includes, a student led chapter who plan and implement events and initiatives designed to help reduce mental health stigma and increase help seeking on campus.

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batyr@uni programs on offer:

60 minute batyr@uni featuring interactive elements, stories and multimedia
30 minute batyr@uni featuring an outline of stigma, a student speaker sharing their story and our 5 tips explained
20 minute batyr@uni featuring a student sharing their story, and ways in which students can reach out for support on campus
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The results

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“Of all university students who have a significant mental health issue, 86% of them will drop out of their degree. As far as I was concerned, that is a large portion of incredible nurses, lawyers, scientists, artists, musicians, teachers that we may have lost, and I didn’t want that to happen when I could really be doing something about it.”- Member of batyr Being Herd Program
 and former President of batyr University Program at UTS

``When it comes to organisations making real change there is none better than batyr. I left for exchange right when batyr UTS was starting up and when I came back at the start of 2015 I saw a change (and improvement) in university culture. The friends who had been to a program or an event had become more open about their mental health and aware of the mental health of others``- University Student
``I have witnessed how hard the first step to reaching out can be. I think it is absurd how the stigma around seeking help has influenced this. Mental health should not be a scary subject and batyr has shown that it isn’t, through the power of sharing stories. I want to help create a comfortable and inclusive environment that encourages others to speak out and reach for help. To remind people that they are not alone. I want to be part of the movement that empowers young people and changes perspectives.``- Engineering Student, UTS
'As the Director of Students in the Faculty of Law I see many students who suffer in silence, too self-conscious to seek help. Mental Health Month means destigmatising mental health issues. It means providing the best support services we can and encouraging our fabulous law students to reach out when they are overwhelmed. It also means letting our students know that there are people out there who care about them and want them to succeed.”- Dr Sophie Riley, Faculty of Law, UTS

** Helen M. Stallman (2010) Psychological distress in university students: A comparison with general population data, Australian Psychologist, 45:4, 249-257