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Be Heard by your Herd

Get your whole crew talking about mental health  

Did you know that more than 70% of people experiencing mental ill-health will not reach out for help, largely due to stigma? At batyr we want to change these stats and encourage people to ‘Keep Talking’ and Be Heard by Your Herd.

But what the heck does Be Heard by your Herd even mean?

herd noun
\ hərd \
Definition of herd
a : a friend or family member
b : a person or persons with whom you can talk openly

How can you be heard?

One of the most important things to remember when we are going through a tough time is that we are not alone. It may not feel like it sometimes, but there is always someone to talk to and always someone who cares.

Tip 1: Choose a person who you trust — a family member, a friend, a teacher, a GP, a coach. Choose a time when you know the person you are reaching out to doesn’t have to rush off and a place that is comfortable to chat.

Tip 2: Remember that the person you are opening up to cares about you. Be completely honest with how you are feeling. Don’t expect them to have all the answers.

Tip 3: Be kind to yourself! Reaching out and being vulnerable shows a huge strength of character. If you didn’t get the response you’d hoped for, reach out to someone else and keep trying until you get the support you need. Stay connected.

How can you help a mate feel heard?

If you notice someone having a rough time, let them know they can talk. It can start with a simple “you ok, mate?” Then, just listen.

Sometimes, you may feel more comfortable to talk about these things through message, so starting off with a DM can get the ball rolling. You won’t have all the answers, but you can be there for your mate.

Don’t feel comfortable chatting to your herd yet?

We totally understand that not everyone will feel comfortable talking to someone they know about things they are going through, but there’s always someone to talk to. You can choose the option of reaching out that you are most comfortable with, below are phone, text, and online options!

lifeline phone (24/7) – 13 11 14
lifeline text (6pm-midnight) – 0477 13 11 14
eheadspace online supporthttps://headspace.org.au/eheadspace/

What’s it like to Be Heard?

It takes courage to speak up and #beheard, we asked our speakers for some tips because they are absolute LEGENDS and think their experience might be able to help you!

Josh (NSW)
“I make sure I text or call my friends regularly to see how they are doing. I will always let them know that I am there for them whenever they need it. During COVID times it seems harder to stay connected with friends due to the lack of physical time together but I’ve come to appreciate the time I am able to spend with friends and family even more so than before.”

Rachel (NSW)
“When you’ve been carrying around your own baggage for years; it’s such a great feeling to finally ask someone to help, and have them willingly lighten that load that’s been weighing you down.”

Anna (ACT)
“If I’m thinking about a friend for whatever reason, I’ll tend to send them a quick text to let them know I’m thinking of them, check-in, and send my love. It’s a great way to remind people that they matter to you, and to stay connected with them even when we don’t necessarily have the chance to hang out in person or the energy for a full phone call.”

Melanie (NSW)
“Being a member of batyr’s herd means forming a piece of a diverse, accepting, and hopeful community. I draw strength in knowing that I stand with a bunch of other resilient and empathetic young people who want to see positive changes in the way mental health and illness are perceived. Being part of the herd also means embracing my human vulnerability, by using my own experiences to connect with others and start conversations about mutual understanding and hope for the future.”

Denise (NSW)
“The first time I felt my mental health experiences were heard was when I finally opened up to my friend of 14 years about how I was struggling. I had spent a lot of time before that in denial, always trying to put others first and feeling guilty for feeling anything less than happy. It was scary because I wasn’t sure how she was going to react, but a part of me was screaming that it was the right thing to do.”

Alex (ACT)
“I don’t like to admit I’m not doing well and so it took me about 5kms of cycling alongside my mate before I worked up the courage to say something. As soon as I did I felt better though. It wasn’t just that he stopped and heard me, it was also that by saying it out loud I was admitting to myself I needed to change things up.”

Taylor (NSW)
“My family, particularly my parents, and my partner always encouraged me to talk to them instead of closing myself off and offered to accompany me to appointments with the doctor or the psychologist. My herd consists of my friends from university and my partner, and some of my close colleagues from work.”

TJ (VIC)
“When I first shared my story, I learned so much more about myself and my connection to my mates. From having my story heard for the first time when I needed to talk, all the way to sharing it now with students around Melbourne, I’ve come to recognise that it’s so important to make time for myself amongst the stressful curve balls life sometimes throws our way.”

 

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