batyr exists to ‘give a voice to the elephant in the room’ – mental health.
batyr was launched in 2011, after founder Sebastian Robertson experienced the frustration and isolation of living silently with mental ill health whilst at university. Sebastian recognised that it was time to have open honest conversations about mental health with young people, and founded the organisation, naming it after batyr (‘hero’), The Talking Elephant From Kazakhstan.
Why we exist: Of every 30 students in Australia, seven will be dealing with a mental health issue, yet only two will reach out for support, leaving five suffering in silence. Sadly, most young people dealing with mental health issues do not reach out for help, largely due to stigma.
What we do: We smash the stigma surrounding mental ill health and empower young people to reach out for support. We help create communities that support young people’s mental health and wellbeing.
How we do it: We Engage by young people talking to young people about mental health and wellbeing. We Educate through the sharing of young people’s lived experience stories. We Empower young people by giving them the knowledge and skills to lead mentally healthy lives.
If you’re looking for your new tribe and a place to contribute to preventative mental health, join the batyr Job Network!