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!
HINTS FROM HR
“Hints from HR” turns Interviewers into Interviewees to ask the Human Resources
(HR) professionals making the hiring decisions what they actually want, what they look for,
their turn-ons and turn-offs, their best advice plus a little about their own story. Read on to get
Information For Parents
batyr Parent Forums are designed to be practical and informative, giving a range of perspectives on the topic of mental health from a variety of experts and speakers. Through a lived experience speaker and a Q&A session with a panel of experts, parents will walk away with a greater understanding of mental health and how they can provide support to their teen, as well as what services are available to them.