media centre - Batyr


We are here to support youth mental health throughout COVID-19 and beyond. All our programs can be delivered online or face to face!

media centre

Who is batyr?

Of every 30 students in Australia, there will be 7 dealing with mental health issues. Out of those 7 students, only 2 will reach out for support, leaving 5 suffering in silence.

Stigma is a leading barrier stopping more young people reaching out for help when they need it.

batyr is a for purpose preventative mental health organisation focused on smashing the stigma of mental ill-health and increasing help seeking rates among young Australians.

We do this by educating young people on mental health and empowering them to reach out for support through engaging lived experience storytelling.

It has been proven that sharing lived experience stories is the most effective way to change negative perceptions of mental health (Research and the elimination of the stigma of mental illness, Patrick Corrigan, 2016).

batyr have a ‘herd’ of more than 700 young lived experience speakers (18-30).

The average help-seeking rate of participants after our programs is around 75%, which is the likelihood of them seeking out support if they needed it. This compares to the national help-seeking rate is around 23% (2007 National Survey on Mental Health and Wellbeing).

batyr is not a service provider. If you or someone you know is in need of support, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Where does the name ‘batyr’ come from?

Batyr the talking elephant was an elephant from Kazakhstan that could verbally communicate more than 20 meaningful human phrases in Russian. At batyr, we want to talk about the elephant in the room and encourage people to start meaningful conversations.

How can batyr help with your story?

We’re available for comment on youth mental health topics.

batyr CEO Nic Brown

batyr CEO, Nic Brown

Nic is great for general comments about batyr’s strategy, goals and overall vision.

He can also provide updates on our involvement with government bodies, corporates, other charitable foundations and other mental health organisations.

Being Herd Stories

Our lived experience speakers

They’re available to be interviewed for media opportunities across a range of different mental health topics, from depression, anxiety and suicidality, to complex mental ill-health like eating disorders and psychosis. That’s been a focus for us, making these young voices heard. And these young people are super keen to put their hand up and speak up. We’ve been noticing this more and more and it’s a testament to the empowerment that Being Herd provides.

The Happiness Institute founder, and batyr Chief Happiness Officer, Dr Tim Sharp

“Dr Happy” is usually available to be interviewed about all things psychology, mental ill-health and how to look after your mental wellbeing.

He is a great credible source and can quote academic research, statistics and/or data.

Leadership team

batyr Chief Happiness Officer, Dr Tim Sharp

Batyr launches virtual fundraising festival with help from UMMumbrella, 6 August 2020
batyr and UM take ‘Run for the Herd’ virtualB&T, 6 August 2020
7 Mental Health Organisations Providing Support To Aussies During Covid-19GQ, 5 August 2020
Adman: Smashing mental health stigmasAdNews, 3 August 2020
Running and raising money for youth mental health supportThe Young Witness, 30 July 2020
Civic2Surf returning to the Southern HighlandsSouthern Highland News, 20 July 2020
batyr workshops to teach best way to share mental health storiesDaily Liberal, 6 July 2020
The mental health crisis and unemploymentThe Sydney Morning Herald, 24 May 2020
Giving a Voice to the Elephant in the Room with Suzy and Steph from BatyrThe Youth Mentor Podcast, 20 May 2020
Positive mental health messages during isolation with batyr CEO Nic BrownThe Positive Rugby Podcast, 15 May 2020
Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation to give $750,000 for community’s coronavirus recoveryNewcastle Herald, 13 May 2020
FeifeiIf You Don’t Mind, 10 May 2020
Kids HealthPrime 7, 1 April 2020
New report says half of ACT’s youth struggle with mental health access, affordabilityRiotACT, 1 April 2020
What You Can Do To Stay Calm And Protect Your Mental Health During The COVID-19 PandemicGQ, 19 March 2020
All The Snaps From Selfish Saturday, So You Can Say “Ew I Look Gross In That One”Pedestrian, 27 February 2020
‘Being Herd Workshop for Armidale will provide confidence for people to share their experiences’ – The Armidale Express, 20 February 2020
‘Pitch2Punchline returns as part of the Sydney Comedy Festival’mumbrella, 30 January 2020 ‘Alex Hayes is doing a rare mental health Q&A in Melbs next month so get in quick sticks’ – Pedestrian, 29 January 2020 ‘Matters of state with Phil Donato’Parkes Champion-Post, 16 December 2019 ‘Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation gifting reaches $20M with 12 more grants announced for 2019’Newcastle Herald, 5 December 2019  ‘Jump in for mental health’ – Manly Daily, 4 December 2019 ‘Movember and Liptember has the full support of all genders at the Rotary Club of Victor Harbor’, 1 November 2019 ‘Jonathon Peatfield’ – New England Focus, 29 October 2019 ‘How to know when it’s more than just exam stress’ – Girlfriend, 29 October 2019 ‘Hanigan kicks up his boots to show country roots aren’t forgotten’Daily Liberal, 22 October 2019 ‘Photos: The White Elephant Spring Ball 2019’The Northern Daily Leader, 14 October 2019 ‘Thousands of dollars raised at the White Elephant Ball’ – NBN News, 14 October 2019 ‘Tamworth White Elephant Spring Ball raises funds for batyr, a preventative mental health program’The Northern Daily Leader, 11 October 2019 ‘Tamworth what’s on: Things to do, White Elephant Spring Ball 2019 helps support batyr’ The Northern Daily Leader, 10 October 2019 ‘SPOT Christopher Vernon AKA Daddy Sam Interview’, 10 October 2019 ‘Students receive Youth Community Service Awards’ – Coast Community News, 10 October 2019 ‘batyr delivers new mental health program for CHS students’ – The Cobar Weekly, 25 September 2019 ‘Third Sector Live conference kicks off with focus on ways the for purpose organisations can stand out from the crowd’Third Sector, 25 September 2019 ‘Pitch2Punch Fighters Announced, Plus Get Your Tix Now!’B&T, 23 September 2019 ‘400 plus organisations and counting doing their bit to reduce stigma this World Mental Health Day’Mental Health Australia, 19 September 2019 ’10 ways to ask RUOK that aren’t awkward’Girlfriend, 12 September 2019 ‘My Imposter Syndrome Extends To My Mental Illness, And It’s Not Helping’ –, 12 September 2019 ‘Lifeline High Schools Surf Challenge’, 30 August 2019 ‘The incredible ways Liptember is changing women’s lives’ – The House of Wellness, 30 August 2019 ‘Summit calls for beaches’ mental health harmony’ – Manly Daily, 24 August 2019 ‘Law graduate wins national honour for second year’  – My Sunshine Coast, 22 August 2019 ‘ANU students honour friend at Bong Bong Racecourse and raise awareness for mental health’ – Town & Country Magazine, 17 August 2019 ‘Expect drought and fire: Red Cross Boss’ – Glen Innes Examiner, 16 August 2019 ‘Make your vote count’ – Manly Daily, 14 August 2019 ‘Civic 2 Surf returns to Southern Highlands’Southern Island News, 2 August 2019 ‘Alex Newsome helps drive ‘Get Talkin’ Tour’ in North West’NBN News, 1 August 2019 ‘NSW Waratahs back Alex Newsome will visit the region this week’The Northern Daily Leader, 31 July 2019  ‘Glen Innes Rugby star back in the area’Glen Innes Examiner, 31 July 2019 ‘Pirates Rugby Club to host NSW Rugby and batyr’s Get Talkin’ Tour’The Northern Daily Leader, 30 July 2019 ‘NSW Waratahs back Alex Newsome will visit the region this week’The Armidale Express, 30 July 2019 ‘“Open communication is important”: creating a workplace culture that attracts, encourages and inspires’Third Sector, 29 July 2019 ‘Quirndi Lions to host a NSW Positive Rugby Foundation and batyr Get Talkin’ Tour event’Namoi Valley Independent, 29 July 2019 ‘From Olympian to tee boy, McCutcheon going ape to give back at Gorillas‘ – Narromine News, 25 July 2019 ‘From Olympian to tee boy, McCutcheon going ape to give back at Gorillas’ – Central Western Daily, 23 July 2019  ‘NSW Waratahs visit to tackle mental health’The Maitland Mercury, 22 July 2019 ‘NSW Waratahs visit to tackle mental health’Newcastle Herald, 22 July 2019 ‘Forsyths Tamworth donates $5000 to the White Elephant Spring Ball’ The Northern Daily Leader, 8 July 2019 ‘Lion cubs score emphatic victories to continue strong seasons‘ – Central Western Daily, 8 July 2019 ‘Women (literally) take up the fight, as Pitch2Punch calls out for more blokes’  – B&T, 5 July 2019 ‘Supporting batyr’ – Monthly Chronicle, 5 July 2019 ‘batyr worker Amy Devrell shares remarkable story to help others’ – The Northern Daily Leader, 17 June 2019 ‘$247 million for chaplains in schools, $2.8 for mental health: What’s wrong with this picture?’ – The Big Smoke, 17 June 2019 ‘Coulton’s Catch-up: Medley’s tough journey and attitude an inspiration to all’ – Daily Liberal, 14 June 2019 ‘batyr receives $2.8 million in funding’, 14 June 2019 ‘Walk tall in failure, Scott Morrison tells teens’The Australian, 13 June 2019 ‘New digital storytelling platform for youth mental health’, 12 June 2019 ”Your lives matter’: funding for youth mental health organisation gets a boost’Sydney Morning Herald, 11 June 2019 ‘Push to make health services known’SBS, 11 June 2019 ‘Government funding for youth mental health’, 11 June 2019 ‘PM promises $2.8 million to expand mental health services to schools’Sydney Morning Herald, 11 June 2019 ‘Scott Morrison’s $2.8m boost for Victorian students’Herald Sun, 10 June 2019 ‘Scott Morrison pledges $2.8m for school-based mental health program’ –  The Guardian, 10 June 2019 ‘Scott Morrison’s $2.8m boost for Victorian students’ – NT News, 10 June 2019 ‘Pitch2Punchline raises $10,000 for mental health charity, batyr’Mumbrella, 7 June 2019 ‘5 ways creativity can boost mental health’, 16 May 2019 ‘Joe Williams shares his mental health story with Moree Secondary College students during 2019 National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day’Moree Champion, 9 May 2019 ”I wanted the pain to end.’ Bella attempted suicide age 17. Then her teacher stepped in’Mamamia, 7 May 2019  ‘Mayor’s message: festival a big win for Glen Innes’Glen Innes Examiner, 6 May 2019 ‘Raise money for youth mental health at this year’s City2Surf’TimeOut, 2 May 2019 ‘How agencies are improving staff wellbeing’ –, 30 April 2019 –  ‘Bush Beat: Walgett’s plan to keep rugby alive amid devastating drought‘ –, 29 April 2019 ‘batyr online platform aiding Australians struggling with mental health’NBN News, 12 April 2019  ‘Reduce stigma and provide support; adland’s mental health task’, 9 April 2019 ‘Suicide prevention gets the attention it deserves during the Federal Budget’Suicide Prevention Australia, 3 April 2019  ‘Running to honour a teacher passionate about mental health’Sydney Morning Herald, 29 March 2019 ‘Take 5 editor Paul Merrill among first Pitch2Punchline stand-ups’Mumbrella, 13 March 2019 ‘‘How are you, really?’ Our industry’s mental health needs help’, 7 March 2019  ‘Local projects to tackle youth unemployment‘ –, 28 February 2019  ‘Charting a preseason: Inside the Waratahs 2019 preparations’, 13 February 2019 ‘Pitch2Punchline to train Mumbrella readers for stand-up challenge – at the Opera House’Mumbrella, 7 February 2019 ‘batyr workshops in Tamworth for mental health sufferers: Jackson O’Brien shares his journey’The Northern Daily Leader, 3 February 2019 ‘Nyngan Blue Sky Ball 2018 a success, photos’Nyngan Observer, 15 January 2019 ‘Investment in youth mental health ensures continued support for young people across Australia’, 11 January 2019 ‘Kate Spade Is A Reminder That Mental Ill Health Does Not Discriminate’, 6 June 2018