Written by General Manager Nic Brown
A stampede of young people ready to share their stories
Over the past 8 years batyr has built a strong foundation to extend on the work the whole batyr community has contributed to achieving. Every year we help more and more young people share their stories and reach more students and workplaces with these stories. Smashing the stigma around mental health and changing attitudes toward reaching out for support continues to be core to what batyr does and this year through these programs alone we will reach almost 100,000 young people. In 2019 we move into a new and exciting phase for batyr that will see these foundations continue to grow and extend in new and innovative ways to continue to help us create a mentally healthy Australia. This year we will be introducing an Advisory Panel of industry experts to help with delivering on some key strategic objectives we have as an organisation.
What are these strategic objectives? We have identified three key areas this panel will assist with:
1. Firstly, for us to reach our goal of 1M young people by 2022 with stories of hope, recovery and resilience we know we need to investigate digital options. Collaboration with other organisations will be key in this approach and we look forward to building on these relationships. For years we have seen the incredible impact young people can have on policy makers, service providers and most importantly other young people when given the chance and we want to provide more opportunities for these voices to be amplified and these stories to be ‘herd.’
2. There continues to be additional mental health charities and organisations entering this space every day and doing great work. We want to ensure those organisations are supported to succeed and help find solutions to avoid duplication and amplify impact by coming together to leverage the strengths of all of these groups. The different communities these groups impact is diverse and far reaching and coming together will be key to ensuring all communities (especially those with the greatest need) feel connected, accepted and supported
3. batyr could not exist without the generous support from the broader community, whether that be through funding, volunteering, pro bono support or just backing us in or rocking up to events! Our corporate partners, regular givers, School and University partners, event organisers and committees and more recently Government have all contributed to us being where we are. We will always need that support and backing but we also understand we need to continually look for new ways to resource and fund reaching those that need these programs the most. We are regularly asked to go here or be there and we want to be able to reach whoever wants to be involved in the batyr mission.
I turn up to work every day so grateful for the people I get to do this work with and how they continue to push forward living out the batyr values of Positivity, Inclusiveness, Empathy, Balance with Boldness! I couldn’t be more confident in the legends behind what batyr does every day to take this opportunity ahead of us. The stories we hear every day continue to inspire us that in spite of the challenges there are options for young people, there are people willing to listen, there are support networks available. BUT there is always a need for more work to be done and changes to occur, to ensure all young people can and do access support when they need it, whatever that looks like for them.
As supporters I’m sure you’ve noticed our elephant mascot gives us plenty of analogies to play with and so I will finish with this; There is a stampede of young people ready to share their stories, young people that are strong and resilient and young people that we can’t wait to help be ‘herd.’
batyr we go!
If you missed the announcement from our Founder and Chair of the board about this new structure and focus for batyr, you can read all about it here.