batyr is leading the way
Since my start there has not been a day that I haven’t looked forward to coming to work, and the reason is the batyr team. batyr is driven by a passionate and upbeat bunch of people, who are keen to make a difference. This vibrant culture and sense of community seeds through everything we do.
From sharing the little wins on our internal comms channel, sending messages of support to our program delivery teams across the country, practising gratitude weekly, and acknowledging members who go over and above everyday, we are a team who genuinely cares for each other. We are also leading the way as an organisation who is changing the way mental health is viewed in this country. And it’s being recognised.
We are proud to share we have been selected as one of Westpac’s 2018 top 200 Businesses of Tomorrow winners – with Westpac acknowledging our drive to shape Australia’s future with positive mental health and wellbeing at the forefront.
Businesses of Tomorrow promote being vulnerable, support people when things get tough, have services to reach out to, empower people to take charge of their mental wellbeing and everyone looks out for each other. Most importantly stigma is a thing of the past.
So what are we doing to shape tomorrow? You can read all about our progress in our Quarter Two Update below.
Impact to Date
Over 500 young people giving a voice to their story
The quarter saw us hit the 500 mark for Being Herd participants. That’s half a thousand young individuals who have been empowered and supported to share their story with mental ill-health. Now that’s an incredible achievement. Over 500 young people now equipped with the skills and confidence to give a voice to their experiences and help smash the stigma surrounding mental ill-health. For an organisation aiming to give a voice to the elephant in the room, we now have one of the largest groups of young mental health advocates doing just that across the country.
Four workshops were run in Brisbane, Melbourne, Newcastle & Sydney with 31 young people trained to safely and confidently share their story. Prior to attending the workshop 45% of participants rated their confidence in sharing their experiences as above average to excellent, this doubled after the workshop, with 100% of participants rating their confidence as above average to excellent
“I’d LOVE for Being Herd workshops to be on all the time for everyone to try. I believe that sharing how you feel/your story with people is so freeing, brings such good connection and a community vibe and that it helps you to accept yourself more and have more compassion for people in the world.” BH participant
New batyr campaign featuring the herd
We’re excited to give you a sneak peek of our brand new campaign ‘I am‘. The quarter saw us travel to the hometowns of five inspiring young adults from our herd, to capture their stories and experiences with the Being Herd workshop. Murray, Ebony, Kobie, Neha and Tom all welcomed us with open arms, allowing us insights into their journey and how beneficial talking about their experiences was for them. The campaign aims to give a face and voice to mental ill-health, using personal stories to reduce the stigma and encourage more young people to speak about their experiences. Thank you to Newcastle Permanent for their generous funding and to all five participants for making this campaign possible.
Being Herd and SANE collaboration wraps up
In quarter two our collaboration with National Mental Health charity SANE Australia wrapped up with the campaign ending in a round table with Senator Deb O’Neill. The 14 amazing participants from batyr were given the opportunity to voice what reforms they think are needed to Australia’s mental health system to better support young people living with a mental illness. Not sure what the campaign was all about? In collaboration with SANE the digital campaign used the power of personal stories to reduce the stigma around complex mental illness and to encourage young people to reach out for help and support. 14 young adults who have being through our Being Herd workshop were involved in the campaign and shared their experiences in a variety of ways. You can read all of their stories here. A huge thank you goes to these inspiring individuals, to SANE for a powerful collaboration and to Future Generation Global for the funding.
batyr@school follows one year group from years 9 to year 12.
This quarter, for the first time, we saw a school group complete the entire batyr@school experience with the graduating class of 2018 at Clare’s College Canberra participating in our final batyr program ‘Future Proof’. The year 12 girls have seen a batyr program every year since Year 9 and as one student said “batyr has made me more confident to speak to others, know that I’m not alone and little things make a difference.” Thanks to St Clare’s for their continuous support over the years and to the fantastic group of young women who are now equipped with the skills and knowledge to take charge of their mental health as they embark on a new stage in their life.
83 programs were delivered across 48 High Schools. Our team of facilitators are doing an awesome job keeping students engaged with our programs with 81% of students saying they were highly engaged. We are falling slightly under our help seeking benchmark rate of 75% with programs from the quarter achieving a combined rate of 68%. Whilst we are working on ways to improve this, it’s also important to note the national help seeking average sits at around 25%.
batyr@uni exceeding our benchmarks for help seeking and engagement
This quarter saw our batyr@uni teams smash our benchmark rates for help seeking and engagement. On average 85% of students said they were more likely to seek help if they were struggling after seeing our program (our benchmark is 75%) and 92% of the audience said they were highly engaged with the program (our benchmark is 85%).
The feedback we are receiving from University Students who have participated in our programs speaks for itself.
“It makes it easier for me to relate, I suffer from really bad anxiety which isn’t recognised by my parents so it’s hard for me to seek help but hearing from the speakers and about the UTS Counselling stuff makes it easier for me to do this and take charge “. UTS Student
“This session was really engaging and it was moving to hear personal stories. I feel more inclined to seek help and hopefully this will help break the stigma” ANU student.
We are excited to welcome a number of new funding partners: Richard Crookes Construction (4 years), the Boyer family foundation (3 years), The Myer Foundation, Perpetual, Janus Henderson Investors, All In Giving Circle, and the Duncan Clan. Thank you for investing in the important work we are doing and supporting us in our vision of all young people engaged in positive conversations about mental health and empowered to reach out for support when needed.
Events coming up!
batyr’s biggest night on our event calendar – the Blue Tie Ball is happening on the 18th August in Sydney. We still have sponsorship and volunteer opportunities available.
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, you can view our packages here
If you have an eye for detail or love a good chin wag, we’re after volunteers to help during the day or on the night. You can register you interest here
Innovation projects with the NSW Government
Excitingly batyr is part of The NSW Department of Industry’s Youth Employment Innovation Challenge. The challenge will offer $10 million to fund innovative solutions and ideas that support disadvantaged youth to find employment in Regional NSW and batyr are 1 of 17 successful organisations participating. Our team are working on a project that will see young people with a lived experience of mental ill-health be given the skills, confidence and support to get job ready through Being Herd. We’re been pitching weekly and this month we are running a pilot program on the NSW Central Coast. The Challenge has involved informative sessions on how organisations can innovate run by experts in the field and this is something we are looking to build on in the coming months.
We have also received our first slice of funding from the NSW Government to work together with the NSW Ministry of Health on a pilot project using digital storytelling as a support tool for youth during hospitalisation. The aim of the project named ‘Being Herd Digital Peer Support’ will be to provide hope for these young individuals, improve their inpatient experience and speed of recovery. We’ll continue to develop this over the next 6 months.
Want to join the batyr team or know someone who does? We’re hiring!!!
“I feel part of something important, I have an opportunity to contribute, I gain an enormous sense of meaning and purpose and I have found new friends and a new tribe!” Our very own Dr Tim Sharp, aka our Chief Happiness Officer on how amazing it is to work for batyr. If you or someone you know is looking for your new tribe and a place to contribute to preventative mental health, come work with us (and Tim). We hiring for Team Leader roles in NSW, QLD and VIC, A Business Development Manager in VIC and a Program and Delivery Co-ordinator in NSW.
Head to batyr.com.au/careers for all the details and how to apply. Applications close 9am Monday 6th August.