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Introducing batyr’s Global Advisory Group

November 2, 2021

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Recently, the Australian Bureau of Statistics announced that 3,139 people lost their lives to suicide in 2020. This equates to almost nine lives lost every day. If we look around the world, one person dies by suicide every 40 seconds (WHO). When hearing information like this, it’s important to take a step back and think about how each of these numbers represent a person, a family, and a community, all transformed because of these losses. At batyr, we are committed to doing everything we can to change this.

International expertise

Young people’s mental health is a global concern. Solving these significant challenges will take new knowledge and innovative approaches. To accelerate the opportunity to learn from others, share best practices and work with others to enhance our dedication for change, we are excited to announce the establishment of batyr’s first ever Global Advisory Group. 

batyr is honoured to have advisers join us in adding a new level of global expertise to the way we put young people at the heart of decision-making for mental health. With the preventative mental health space drastically underfunded, the opportunity to share knowledge and gain advice to help inform innovative ways of scaling reach and multiplying impact will be game-changing.  

The Global Advisory Group is made up of individuals with a high level of expertise and diverse range in skills who are generously giving their time to support batyr as we invest in research, policy reform, impact and the development of new, sustainable revenue streams. A key focus for the Global Advisory Group will be OurHerd – batyr’s cutting edge, first of its kind, safe digital storytelling platform that leverages the power of storytelling and qualitative data to create better informed support services. OurHerd will create opportunities for NGOs, governments, services, corporates, education and health professionals around the world, to hear real-time data from young people in their communities to directly influence the systems around them. 

We are pleased to share with you the advisers supporting us to make a meaningful difference in the lives of young people:

Brent Hedley, Executive Officer at Football Futures Foundation | Perth, Australia

Brent’s leadership experiences across school, sport, mental health and community settings link to post-graduate qualifications in the fields of education, neuroscience, health and human services. Brent served as the Head of Mental Health and Wellbeing at AFL Players’ Association (2016-2021). He is an Australian Mental Health Leaders Fellow (2019) and a current Non-Executive Board Member at Chronic Pain Australia.

Dr. Emma Lawrance, Mental Health Innovations Fellow, Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College London and Co-Founder, It Gets Brighter | London, UK

Dr. Lawrance’s background is in physics and chemistry (BSc (Hons), Flinders University), science communication (Grad Dip, Australian National University) and neuroscience (DPhil and MSc, University of Oxford). Dr. Lawrance co-founded the It Gets Brighter charity and is currently at Imperial, capturing insights into mental health needs and the impact of services from charities’ unique datasets. Other key areas of focus are youth mental health, digital mental health, co-production and climate change. 

Dr. Joshua Chauvin, Vice President, Koa Health and Co-Founder, It Gets Brighter | London, UK

As VP, Strategy for Koa Health, Dr. Chauvin is currently helping to lead a collaborative effort with Harvard Medical School to build EMPOWER, an open-access digital platform designed to train up the world’s mental health workforce. Dr. Chauvin has previously worked as Partnerships Manager for Mindstrong Health and as a research consultant for the Canadian Mental Health Association. He has chaired the Mind Your Head Campaign in Oxford and is the Co-Founder of the It Gets Brighter Campaign. Dr. Chauvin completed a DPhil in Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford as both a Rhodes Scholar and a Canadian Centennial Scholar, is an Associate Fellow at the Evidence-Based Practice Unit, an Adviser to Jack.org, and an Honorary Senior Research Associate at UCL.

Keya Patel, Director of Product Management, formerly Headspace and Dropbox | San Francisco, USA

From 2017-2021, Keya led product growth at Headspace, a mindfulness organization based out of Los Angeles with a vision to improve the health and happiness of the world. As a Director of Product, Keya and her teams focused on increasing the number of people who signed up, paid, and stayed with Headspace. Keya was a key member of initiatives such as the student plan, family plan, COVID response, Headspace for those who are unemployed, and more. ​​Prior to Headspace, Keya was a growth product manager at Dropbox, where she learned the foundations of subscription businesses and product experimentation.

Marcus Schweizer, Chief Operating Officer, BioEye | Sydney, Australia

With a background in robotics, AI, data and cloud technology, and an MBA with distinction from Oxford University, Marcus is a dynamic health management consultant with 14 years experience inspiring tech-driven teams to innovate, implement and deploy complex strategies and solutions in mission critical health and digital health environments. Marcus’ passion for mental health began when caring for his brother, Dr. Richard Schweizer, who lives with schizophrenia, and has led Marcus to work alongside international leaders on globally influential activities such as taking on the role of Fellow for Disruptive Technology in Mental Health at the World Economic Forum/Deloitte to develop the Global Governance Toolkit for Digital Mental Health. 

Max Steinman, Director of Campaigns, Exposure Labs | Denver, USA

Max Steinman is the Director of Campaigns at Exposure Labs, the film and impact production company behind Chasing Ice, Chasing Coral, and The Social Dilemma. He leads the development of impact campaigns that mobilise viewers to take action and develops partnerships that leverage Exposure Labs films as a tool for social change. Max combines over ten years of crafting campaigns and communications across sectors, supporting the work of government agencies, NGOs and socially minded brands. In previous roles, Max’s work includes the launch of BreatheLife, an initiative of the WHO to combat the health and climate impacts of air pollution and a national road tour to drive mail-back of the 2010 U.S. Census among hard-to-count populations.

Dr. Zachary Burton, Co-Founder and Executive Director, The Manic Monologues | Boston, USA

Dr. Burton co-founded and leads The Manic Monologues, an organisation highlighting diverse true stories of mental health and illness via theatre, film, and virtual platforms to disrupt stigma. Dr. Burton also serves as board member to Columbia-WHO Center for Global Mental Health, Coalition for Action for Preventive Mental Health in Kenya, Generation Mental Health, The Adversity 2 Advocacy Alliance, and several scientific organizations, and formerly served as advisory council member to Bring Change to Mind. ​​Dr. Burton earned his Ph.D. in geology from Stanford University and an A.B. from Bowdoin College, and in a very recent past life worked for the NASA Astrobiology Institute, U.S. Department of Energy.


We are extremely grateful for this group’s support, time and level of knowledge. We look forward to connecting with new networks to drive new initiatives, collaboratively strengthen impact, and scale innovative ways of reaching young people.

If you’re interested in hearing more or would like to discuss how the OurHerd app and its insights can support your organisation, workplace, government, support service, education or health departments, get in touch!

Josh Wiseman, Head of Data & Insights [email protected] | Canberra, Australia 

Stephanie Vasiliou, Head of Global Impact
[email protected] | Toronto, Canada

Download the OurHerd info sheet here