Quarter Three Impact Update
CEO Update: Keeping people connected when it matters most
I’m happy to be writing this update when restrictions across Australia are finally easing. With a sigh of relief, I’m looking back on the last quarter with pride and feeling grateful for the support of our incredible Herd. With your help, we’ve been working hard to ensure togetherness throughout the challenges of social isolation. From supporting students online, to convening the Lived Experience Engagement Network across Australia, to winning design awards for our new story sharing app – our mission has been clear. Create connections, mobilise communities and drive best practice to continue making waves for young people’s mental health.
I’m already excited to update you at the end of the year as there are even bigger things on the horizon, but for now check out what we’ve been up to in quarter three below.
Over quarter three, we reached a total of 5,072 young people, delivering 60 programs and 5 workshops!
Some other highlights included:
- Supporting students online – Through online delivery of the [email protected] student programs we have been able to provide hope, connection and support to students who are both on or off-shore due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19.
- Lived Experience Engagement Network (LEEN) – batyr has stepped up to convene the LEEN, established by SANE Australia in 2017. We’re excited to continue this important group’s work by bringing together team members responsible for Lived Experience Programs to explore, review and develop best practice in engaging those with lived experience of mental or physical illness or other chronic health conditions, and their loved ones.
- National Speaker Satisfaction Survey – Each year we survey all of our lived experience speakers and this year we are so happy to hear 99% of speakers felt their experiences with batyr have equipped them with the tools to start positive conversations around mental health in their own lives, social circles and communities.
- Suicide Prevention Australia’s roundtable consultation on the role of the National Suicide Prevention Office – Stephanie Vasiliou, batyr’s Head of Global Impact, joined leaders around Australia at this important discussion and advocated for dedication towards long-term prevention and community based supports.
- Australian High Commission’s ‘Mental Health Youth Champions Program’ for youth advocates of Brunei – We were invited to present as leaders in youth engagement to share practical ways mental health advocates can mobilise a community.
RMIT University partnership continues to thrive
It’s only been a few months since we launched our new partnership with RMIT and we’re already making waves in the RMIT community. We have an incredible team of 14 student executives (7 from higher education and 7 from vocational education) ready to engage with the community through student events.
We delivered 3 programs on RUOK? Day 2021 (1 staff program, 1 student program for onshore students and 1 student program for offshore students). We received overwhelmingly positive feedback from the student programs, including:
- 80% of students reported being more likely to seek help if they needed it after hearing from batyr
- 92% of students felt engaged or very engaged
- 100% of students said they thought it was important to hear real stories about mental health
We welcomed our Global Advisory Group
We’re excited to announce batyr’s new Global Advisory Group! Young people’s mental health is a global concern. Solving these significant challenges will take new knowledge and innovative approaches. To accelerate the opportunity to learn from others, share best practices and work with others to enhance our dedication for change, we have created our first ever Global Advisory Group.
batyr is honoured to have advisers join us in adding a new level of global expertise to the way we put young people at the heart of decision-making for mental health.
Read more about the group here.
Community fundraisers kick into action!
We’ve been blown away by the grassroots efforts of local groups this quarter. It’s been amazing to see passionate people pull together and do something good for themselves and their community. We are so grateful to have the support of these champions, it means the world to us.
From 1st – 29th Aug the boys from The Zoop Network committed to jumping in the cold waters for 9 minutes every day, for the 9 Australians that we tragically lose to suicide each day and encouraged others to join them. They had 69 people from all around Australia join them and raised an amazing $36,534!
P.E. Department Gym in Potts Point, encouraged members to complete a physical or mental challenge that exceeds their comforts, and repeat it everyday for 30-days between Sep 9th – Oct 8th. They had 48 people from their community join the challenge and raised an incredible $43,060!
OurHerd wins two Gold accolades in Australia’s International Good Design Awards
We’re proud to announce that our first-ever digital storytelling app, OurHerd has been recognised with not one, but two Gold accolades in Australia’s International Good Design Awards for Digital Design and Social Impact! 🎉🏆
One of the judges commented “This app helps break through the stigma in demystifying mental health and creating communities of communication and support… a really impressive example of design for impact and a standout project that ticks every box for good design in this category.“
A huge thanks to Good Design Australia, the Australian Department of Health, our partners, supporters and most importantly, all the young people involved along the way. From helping with the co-design and testing of the app, to sharing their lived experience stories with us, here’s to amplifying young people’s voices to design a better and brighter future!
KPMG to support batyr with 10 year growth plan
batyr recently reached a major milestone of hitting our 10 year birthday! As we make our way toward the end of our current five year strategy, it’s a great opportunity for us to reflect on all that has been achieved, but more importantly, what is ahead.
We have been lucky enough to partner with KPMG who will provide us with strategic support to deliver our organisational 10 year plan. They have kindly given us this opportunity through $80,000 worth of pro bono support.
We’re so excited about the prospect of delving into the future of batyr and the impact we’ll have in supporting the mental health of young Australians. Thanks so much KPMG for this incredible opportunity!
We couldn’t do this incredible work without the support of our partners
Whilst we’d love to acknowledge all our partners, this quarter we wanted to give a special mention to:
- Ethical Partners Funds Management, who donated $41,000 via staff matching and staff engagement activities including hosting their own Run for the Herd campaign and their Walk for Wellness event.
- Flourish Arbonne Foundation, supporting us with a $50k grant extension for 2021 in support of our national [email protected] program delivery.
- Westpac’s 2021 Community Grants program, where we secured a $10,000 grant in support of our Being Herd Pathways program!
Thanks to the generosity of all our partners. Your continued support is what makes everything possible and allows us to provide hope and connection to generations of young people, setting them up for a brighter future.
The final quarter of the year is well underway here at batyr, and I’m looking forward to connecting with you all at the end of the year to again share our progress and achievements.
Take care of yourselves, check in on the people around you, and as always thanks for your support.