Quarter Two Update - Batyr


We are here to support youth mental health throughout COVID-19 and beyond. All our programs can be delivered online or face to face!

Quarter Two Update

July 26, 2020


CEO update: Being BOLD in challenging times

April, May and June of this year were incredibly challenging times for batyr, our community and the world. Reflecting on this period however, I am proud of what we have managed to achieve, embracing our bold value to find new ways to support young people’s mental health and wellbeing. In fact, due to the team moving quickly to adapt to online and thanks to the support of our generous community, nearly 5000 young people have already experienced batyr online! Young people that otherwise would not have had the chance to hear these inspiring stories and learn important skills around how to look after ourselves through challenging times like this.

Highlights included:

  • Adapting our programs and workshops into a new digital offering and delivering 52 online programs to continue to support and empower young people whilst COVID-19 restrictions were in place. 
  • Welcoming The University of Sydney back as one of our [email protected] partners in 2020. This university wide partnership will be in place for the remainder of 2020 to support students through their second semester. 
  • Creating the World Wellness Circle aimed at supporting people’s wellbeing throughout this uncertain period. 543 people from 33 countries joined in daily video sessions, led by experts in their field of the mind, body and spirit.

Program and workshops delivered

Programs and Workshops delivered in Q2 2020.

With our school and university partners adjusting to a new way of online learning, over 100 programs that we had booked in for the quarter were postponed or cancelled. Despite this we still managed to deliver 38 online programs to our school and uni partners, with our new batyr online offering receiving really positive feedback.

Feedback on our batyr online offering.

Hosting free live streamed events

In June we hosted two special online events ‘navigating students’ mental health in 2020′ live-streamed in partnership with the International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) 🌟

The interactive and engaging sessions explored new ways to promote positive mental health conversations in high schools and tertiary institutions now and in a post-COVID-19 world.

Joining the school session was NSW Minister for Early Childhood Learning Sarah Mitchell and NSW Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women Bronwyn Taylor.

The tertiary session featured Shadow Minister for Health Chris Bowen and Orygen executive director Professor Patrick McGorry.

Over 500 people joined us for the live streamed sessions, with guests and panelists addressing important conversations on how we can better support young people’s mental health now and in a post-COVID19 world.

Welcoming the youngest member to our Board

We are thrilled to announce the appointment of a new Board member; Bella Cini, batyr speaker and member of our Being Herd National Advisory Group. At 21, Bella will be the youngest member on our Board, ensuring that the voices and experiences of young people influence our decisions at all levels. Bella has been involved with batyr for a number of years and we are looking forward to working alongside both Bella and our entire board for the rest of the year.

Empowering volunteers in local communities

batyr is putting young people at the heart of our board and community engagement. In May we inducted 12 young people into our official volunteer program. We want to ensure young people are at the heart of community engagement and this new program will enable us to engage with a passionate team of volunteers to ensure the way we engage with their peers in their local community is having the most impact and adding the most meaning. 

‘Be Heard By Your Heard’ outdoor campaign

This loud and vibrant creative is now live across outdoor billboards in Brissy and Melbs and Syd. We want to encourage all people to keep talking openly and honestly about mental health and #beheardbyyourherd

The campaign, was made possible thanks to our partner, social purpose organisation UnLtd and oOh! Media, PHD and QMS who donated the inventory. It includes a range of outdoor formats at some of the most high-traffic locations, such as Military Road and Anzac Bridge in Sydney, Punt Road Bridge and St Kilda Junction in Melbourne and Mayne Road in Brisbane.

Special thanks also goes to director and artist Stefan Hunt who we worked with on the creative. If you see the billboards out and about we’d love for you to take a photo and share on social media tagging @batyraus.

Development of our first ever app

This year we have been focused on the design and delivery of a new digital platform which allows young Australians to access and tell positive stories about mental health from their peers anytime, anywhere in a safe, relatable and engaging way.  We kicked the ‘Amplified Voices’ project off in June 2019 and have since progressed the project with our partner Fusion Labs. We recently completed the research and design phases and we’re excited to share that we are now in the build phase and are working towards a soft launch in October this year.

Thank you to our supporters

Many of our supporters have shown generosity and commitment to batyr and their dedication to supporting youth mental health throughout COVID-19. To:

  • MaiTri Foundation who was a proud partner of the World Wellness Circle
  • All the individuals who generously donated to our World Wellness Campaign or Tax Appeal
  • People like Lauren Thurin who decided to host a fundraiser for her 30th birthday
  • Businesses: Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation, Pinnacle Foundation & Palisade Investment, BDCU Children’s Foundation and Moss Vale Lions Club and Our Healthy Clarence who have committed funds to support programs and workshops in regional NSW

THANK YOU!  We would like to acknowledge all our supporters for their continuing support, we could not do it without you.