We have had a big start to 2016 with lots of exciting news and achievements to share with you all. In the first three months we have; moved in with our good friends ‘The Happiness Institute’ and batyr’s now Chief Happiness Officer – Dr Tim Sharp, run new [email protected] programs at the University of New England & Macquarie University, welcomed Dr. Michelle Blanchard as our newest board member and delivered 20 [email protected] programs, smashing the stigma across the East coast. The team has also grown with new Program Coordinators starting in QLD and VIC this week.
KEY ACHIEVEMENTS TO DATE:
- Over 36,000 young people reached through [email protected] and [email protected] programs
- 177 participants trained in our Being Herd programs
- Programs have been delivered to 115 schools & 5 universities
- 77 Teacher PD participants
- Help seeking rate is at 70%
- Engagement rate is at 85%
The team have kicked things off strongly in 2016, with 20 programs across 13 different schools delivered to date and an additional 60 programs across 43 schools already booked in for the year, with a target of 150 programs to be run in 2016!
Our facilitator training has been finalised with training workshops to be held in Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney. This will allow for locally trained facilitators to deliver the [email protected] program to schools across the East coast of Australia.
Finally, and very excitingly we have developed a full year resource for schools to deliver the [email protected] chapter program where keen students are empowered to lead and drive positive conversations around mental health and help seeking within their schools and communities.
batyr’s teacher professional development is off and racing with three programs having been run at University of Technology, The Armidale School and Farrer High School, with an additional 4 programs secured in the next three months. The program is BOSTES & TQI accredited and counts towards teachers professional development hours. For more information please contact [email protected].
2016 Q1 has been the largest period of reach and impact for UTS students since the programs inception in July 2014. Among the highlights was our very first ‘Orientation Cafe’ space which was staffed by student volunteers between Feb 22 and Mar 18 and was a collaborative effort between the UTS Careers unit and batyr. Also in 2016 we will see the very first entire-faculty reach across first year students in both health and law with a [email protected] program.
2016 has seen a fantastic group of driven student leaders join the batyr family via our uni chapter. With this support we’ve been able to present our programs to over 300 students so far, and have reached over 1000 students through our initiates and events.
The expansion into the Tamworth/New Engalnd region is continuing with programs run for the UNE residential student leaders and Albies college so far this year. A group of passionate Albies students have also formed a fundraising committee to help support batyr in the local community, with the Albies sporting teams engaging in the One Sock One Goal campaign. A fantastic relationship we look forward to developing!
Through the Being Herd workshop, 25 participants were trained over 3 workshops in Sydney and Tamworth. We have seen around 10 new participants progress to become batyr Speakers who will share their story at [email protected] and [email protected] programs across the country. We are also placing the ground work down to train participants in VIC & QLD as new territories for Being Herd and are excited to give a voice to more stories in Q2.
“Stories have great power and have enormous potential to change lives. I feel that sharing my lived experience with mental ill health not only has potential to benefit a young person but has also made a great impact on my life personally ”
UTS Being Herd Participant
Get involved ….
Darkness into light recently announced that batyr will become a major partner (along with Pieta House in Ireland) for their 2016 walk in Bondi. If you are in Sydney on the 7th May it would be great to see you down at Bondi Beach for an early start. To register, click here or to volunteer please email [email protected], 50% of funds raised will go to batyr.
We are looking forward to an even bigger and better quarter two.
Thanks for all the support,
The batyr crew