Of every 30 students in Australia, there will be 7 dealing with mental health issues. Out of those 7 students, only 2 will reach out for support, leaving 5 suffering in silence.

Stigma is a leading barrier stopping more young people reaching out for help when they need it.

batyr is a for purpose preventative mental health organisation focused on smashing the stigma of mental ill-health and increasing help seeking rates among young Australians.

We do this by educating young people on mental health and empowering them to reach out for support through engaging lived experience storytelling.

It has been proven that sharing lived experience stories is the most effective way to change negative perceptions of mental health (Research and the elimination of the stigma of mental illness, Patrick Corrigan, 2016).

batyr have a ‘herd’ of more than 700 young lived experience speakers (18-30).

The average help-seeking rate of participants after our programs is around 75%, which is the likelihood of them seeking out support if they needed it. This compares to the national help-seeking rate is around 23% (2007 National Survey on Mental Health and Wellbeing).

batyr is not a service provider. If you or someone you know is in need of support, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Where does the name ‘batyr’ come from?

batyr the talking elephant was an elephant from Kazakhstan that could verbally communicate more than 20 meaningful human phrases in Russian. At batyr, we want to talk about the elephant in the room and encourage people to start meaningful conversations.

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