13 October 2020, Northern Beaches, Sydney – In partnership with James Griffin MP, Member for Manly, and the International Convention Centre, youth mental health charity batyr will be hosting an online mental health event for 18-30 year olds from the Northern Beaches.
2020 has been tough for Northern Beaches youth, with feelings of isolation and anxiety heightened by physical distancing amid COVID-19. The community has suffered great loss as a result. It is during these times, batyr wants to remind the community that there is hope.
Which is why we are giving young people living on the Northern Beaches the chance to start important and positive conversations about mental health.
On Monday 19 October, young people from the Northern Beaches, and the wider community, will have the opportunity to hear from local mental health advocates via a live-streamed event:
- James Griffin MP – Member for Manly.
- Joel Thompson – Manly Sea Eagles second-rower and Indigenous All-Star captain
- Alex Hayes – surfer and content creator
- India Smith – batyr Head of Programs.
There is also the opportunity to:
- Hear from a young local sharing their story of hope, courage and resilience.
- Connect and learn from each other about challenges and ways they can move forward together.
This event will give the Northern Beaches community a forum to come together to build resilience and hope, and to create more positive conversation around mental health in order to reduce stigma and encourage each other to seek help when they need it.
“Last year my Northern Beaches Mental Health Summit held at NSW Parliament demonstrated the power of sharing skills, tips and insights to improve mental fitness amongst young people on the Northern Beaches,” James said.
“COVID-19 has been a challenging time for the best of us and I hope that sharing the perspectives of Alex and Joel will spark even more optimism and resilience in our young people on the Northern Beaches.”