25 May 2021, Australia – batyr, with support from The Happiness Institute, are excited to launch the Young Innovators Award and accelerate young people’s ideas to create a more mentally healthy Australia.
batyr is calling on young people across the country to submit their innovative ideas that address the mental health needs of a specific group or demographic. This idea could smash the stigma associated with mental ill-health, promote positive conversations around mental health or facilitate positive behaviour change towards help-seeking.
Applications will be evaluated by an expert judging panel including Canva Co-Founder & CEO Melanie Perkins. Winners will receive a $50,000 prize package that includes access to networks, mentorship, budget, and desk space to help implement their idea, plus a $1,000 cash prize.
“The Young Innovators Award offers young people access to batyr’s vast reach and expertise to help implement and grow their own ideas, because addressing the mental health needs of young people, like me, requires an incredibly different way of thinking that we ourselves are best placed to lead,” said batyr Innovation Lead Isaac Peiris (23), who has previously driven change from startups to management consulting.
“I’m so excited to see other young people’s ideas come to life and drive meaningful impact in this space so that we can create a more mentally healthy Australia for us all.”
Sadly, it’s been predicted that suicide rates may rise by up to 50 per cent due to the economic and social hit of COVID-19, with around 1 in 3 suicides among young people aged 15-25 years of age (Ian Hickie, Head of the Brain and Mind Centre at Sydney University). At batyr, we believe it’s so important to champion the ideas of young people to create long-lasting and positive change at a time when the global pandemic has taken a toll on the mental health of many young people in Australia.
To apply for batyr’s Young Innovators Award and make an impact, young people can head to www.batyr.com.au/young-innovators-award/ where they will need to upload a video that outlines their idea and explains how it will benefit the people it aims to impact.
“I wish an opportunity like this was around when I was starting batyr because we faced significant challenges when it came to scaling our reach and impact,” said batyr’s Founder & Chairman Sebastian Robertson.
“That’s what makes the Young Innovators Award so exciting for me; the ability to give other young people the opportunity to use batyr’s 10 years worth of experience and networks to scale up their own mental health initiatives quickly and easily.”
Applications for the batyr Young Innovators Award close Friday 4 June.
For more information about the Young Innovators Award, visit www.batyr.com.au/young-innovators-award/.