Alex shares his Being Herd experience at JCU
Earlier this month, batyr delivered its first ever Being Herd workshop in Townsville at James Cook University and we are so happy to have been able to connect with youth in regional Queensland.
JCU student Alex, 21, shares, in his own words, how the experience gave a voice to the challenges he had been facing while also changing the way he viewed mental health.
How did the workshop impact your mental health journey?
Before attending the workshop, I wanted to block off from my memory the experience of having missed out on school due to my social anxiety, and then having to return to school and face up to what people would think of me or what they had heard.
Managing my own mental health has always been tricky for me as I would say I can get out of touch with myself and how I’m feeling, including feelings of inadequacy.
Amongst other things, the workshop affirmed to me the importance of self-care and the different ways we can look after our mental wellbeing.
Overall, I feel as though my mental health, willingness to trust myself and also reach out to others have developed as a result of the workshop.
It’s allowed me to be more accepting of an experience that I previously found traumatic.
Have you been encouraged to start conversations with those around you?
I previously had a tendency to build preconceived notions based on an individual’s past actions which now seems completely unreasonable. I’ve realised that everyone’s life experience is unique and that mental health plays a part in how people act in everyday life.
I’ve realised the importance of being non-judgemental and always having an open ear to listen to conversations about someone’s own mental health journey.
Check out the Being Herd page for upcoming workshop dates.
If you’re in need of mental health support, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.