Young Innovators Award

2021 Winner

Push & Pull: A Board Game for the Mental Health of Asian Youth

The batyr Young Innovators Award is supported by The Happiness Institute and aims to recognise creative and driven young people who are passionate about youth mental health.

What is Push & Pull?

As children in Asian households, we typically see emotions sidelined and regarded as unnecessary to our goals and achievements. The burden of parental expectations, frequent avoidance of emotional topics, and different life priorities are among the reasons why we find it so challenging to share our stories with loved ones. To bridge the generation gap that has often silenced important conversations about mental health in families, we came up with the idea of a mental health-themed board game.

Growing up, the only opportunities we get to bond with our families are over food and games during family gatherings. Our fond memories of Lunar New Year’s with our parents and siblings squabbling in a game of ‘tien len’, or weddings with aunties and uncles chatting over mahjong gave us the idea of using games as a conduit to sharing and learning. A board game revolving around mental health would allow young people to leverage the fun experience of playing to have constructive mental health/illness conversations with their families. It is also an opportunity for us as advocates to provide resources to increase the mental health literacy of Asian communities.


“I’m excited to be part of this year’s Young Innovators Awards.

Innovation, creativity and being a force for good are core pillars of the culture we foster at Canva and would love to see championed around the world.”

Melanie Perkins

Co-Founder & CEO, Canva

“I wish an opportunity like this was around when I was starting batyr, because we faced significant challenges when it came to scaling our reach and impact. That’s what makes the Young Innovators Award so exciting for me, the ability to give other young people the opportunity to use batyr’s 10 years worth of experience and networks to scale up their own mental health initiatives quickly and easily.”

Sebastian Robertson

Founder & Chairman, batyr

Stephen Anderson
Creative Strategy Lead, Snap Australia
Natalie Harvey
Network Sales Director, Seven West Media
Roy Leibowitz
Associate Creative Director, BMF
Margaret O’Brien
Co-Founder & CEO, Young Change Agents
Isaac Peiris
Innovation Lead, batyr
Marlee Silva
Founder, Tiddas 4 Tiddas

Prize Package

Guidance from batyr’s innovation function

Mentorship from batyr’s Founder & Chairman

Access to batyr’s network of partners

Hotdesk space at nearest batyr office

Additional budget to grow your idea

$1,000 cash prize

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The batyr Young Innovators Award is supported by The Happiness Institute.

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