10 June 2020, Australia – Youth mental health organisation batyr will be hosting two live-streamed events exploring new ways to promote positive mental health conversations among school and university students now and in a post-COVID 19 world.
Joining the school session will be NSW Minister for Early Childhood Learning Sarah Mitchell and NSW Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women Bronwyn Taylor.
The university session will feature Shadow Minister for Health Chris Bowen and Orygen executive director Professor Patrick McGorry.
“We know there are increasing numbers of students considering an early course exit due to health and stress reasons,” Professor McGorry said.
“Good mental health is essential for university students to achieve their full academic potential and continue toward their career goals so it is important that we ensure prevention and early intervention is seen as a core priority within university settings.”
The interactive live streams will be an important discussion in a time when almost half of young people (13-17) are reporting increased stress and anxiety over the pandemic*. The Kids Helpline alone saw a 40 per cent rise in demand for counselling services in March, compared to the same period last year in 2019. This amounted to around one phone call every minute *.
“We all have a vital role to play on mental health in this crisis, and batyr’s digital events for young people and educators will play a critical role to socially connect and encourage engagement, education, and empowerment to achieve better mental health for all.” Minister Bowen said.
The school session will be on Thursday 11 June, and the university session on Tuesday 16 June (full details below), live streamed in partnership with the International Convention Centre. The 90-minute sessions will include:
- A young person sharing their story and experiences with mental ill-health and how they reached out for support.
- A live Q&A with a panel of mental health experts and education leaders.
- An overview of how batyr’s new digital peer-to-peer offering works.
- An opportunity to connect and learn from peers about challenges navigating this period of time and practical solutions.
The ‘Navigating student mental health in 2020’ sessions come as batyr has adapted its engaging mental health literacy programs into a digital offering, batyr Online, in order to support high schools and universities through this challenging time.
“We want to do what we can to support schools and universities through this period,” batyr CEO Nic Brown said.
“This is a chance for educators to come together, to listen to stories of hope and resilience from young people, and to ask questions about how to achieve better mental health outcomes now and into the future.”
Date: Thursday 11 June (school session), Tuesday 16 June (tertiary session)
Live streamed in partnership with the Sydney International Convention Centre
Time: 4:00-5:30pm (both sessions)