Charities

BATYR

WHO WE ARE

Batyr is a social enterprise that focuses on preventative education in the area of young people’s mental health. We provide programs that train young people to speak about their personal experience with mental ill health and start a conversation in their community.

WHAT WE DO

Batyr programs connect secondary school and tertiary students with young speakers who have successfully managed an experience with mental ill health. We educate students about the support networks and systems available to them and empower students to reach out for help when they need it.

WHY WE DO IT

Despite 1 in 4 young people suffering a mental health issue by the end of adolescence, mental health issues are not openly discussed and remain the ‘elephant in the room’. Mental ill health holds a stigma that prevents open and frank exchanges and is a barrier to young people getting the help they need. Batyr speakers share their life experiences of issues such as depression, suicide, anxiety, stress, sexual assault, eating disorders, bullying and personal health. They discuss the first hand benefits of reaching out, what avenues of support helped them and show students they are not alone and help is always available.