A very exciting and significant announcement regarding mental health and the voices of young people in Australia has been made by the Federal Government today.
batyr will receive $2.8 million under the Coalition Government to amplify the voices of young people with lived experience of mental ill-health to help their peers. The funding is the first amount of federal funding awarded to batyr and is part of the $460 million dedicated to youth mental health and suicide prevention in the Morrison governments 2019 budget announcement.
Young Australians will be able to access and hear positive stories about mental health from their peers anytime, anywhere, in a safe, relatable, and engaging new digital platform.
With mental health being the number one issue of national concern for young people in Australia, the platform will give young people the opportunity, scale and accessibility needed to create real change and reform.
The $2.8million commitment will go a long way to amplifying the important voices of young people with a lived experience. Since 2011 batyr has used the power of storytelling and connection to engage, educate and empower over 180,000 young people to take charge of their mental health.
“Storytelling is at the heart of everything batyr does and we know this model of peer-to-peer contact is effective in changing stigmatising behaviours and attitudes to help seeking. This funding provides an incredible opportunity to amplify the voices of young people and provide a platform for them to be heard on a digital scale.”
Nic Brown, General Manager at batyr.
batyr look forward to partnering with researchers, service providers, mental health organisations and young people to inform the approach and ensure the platform creates ongoing impact.
This commitment from the government is part of a $730 million investment in to mental health in Australia – the largest single investment ever into mental health. batyr welcomes the increase in funding to mental health services and the commitment from the Government to expand Headspace’s existing services for young people, including funding to open 30 new centres and reduce waiting lists for services.