25 August 2020, Townsville, Australia – Mental health charity batyr will deliver a free, digital mental health workshop to students of James Cook University on 5-6 September.
Being Herd is a two-day workshop that will bring together a small group of students and teach them how to safely share their lived experience with mental ill-health. By sharing their story with their peers, they will be able to build their confidence and recognise that their experience is worthy of sharing. Ultimately, the workshops help to reduce the stigma of mental health and empowers students to get support when they need it.
Since March, batyr has delivered 15 Being Herd workshops online nationally and we have continued to see participants build their confidence in sharing their story, and grow in their belief that their story is valid and can have a positive impact on others after the workshop. This pre and post-workshop feedback we have been receiving is consistent with face-to-face workshops that we had been delivering prior to physical distancing requirements.
“Being Herd at the heart of batyr’s work and we’re thankful that technology will allow us to continue running these important workshops during this lockdown,” batyr Being Herd Program Manager Rob O’Leary said.
batyr remains focused on face to face connection and sharing stories, and the organisation has adapted to the lockdown to continue the mental health conversation in communities across many parts of Australia.
“This is a tough time for so many and the team has worked hard to provide innovative solutions in the face of adversity to ensure Being Herd can continue,” batyr CEO Nic Brown said.
“We want to ensure that these workshops remain accessible and free to all.”
To register your interest to attend the JCU Being Herd workshop on 5-6 September, or to find more upcoming Being Herd dates, visit batyr.com.au/being-herd/.