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JCU and batyr

In May 2020 JCU partnered with batyr a mental health organisation to support student mental wellbeing. The purpose of the partnership is to smash the stigma around mental health, which is a common barrier that prevents more young people from reaching out for support.

Under the partnership, batyr will deliver:

  • Mental health awareness and wellbeing events or initiatives to be driven by the student leadership team chosen by batyr.
  • Batyr’s Being Herd speaker training workshop to find local speakers to safely share their experiences at batyr’s university peer to peer programs.
  • Educational mental health programs that empower young people to reach out for support when they need it and how to start a life-changing conversation with someone who may be going through a tough time. Storytelling is at the heart of the programs, with a trained lived experience speaker sharing their story of mental ill-health and how they reached out for support.

About batyr

batyr is a ‘for purpose’ preventative mental health organisation, created and driven by young people, for young people.

With 1 in 4 young people experiencing mental ill-health it is estimated 210,000 university students in Australia aged between 18-25yrs will experience mental ill-health this year.^

batyr 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.

Engage. Educate. Empower.

  • Engage young people talking to young people about mental health and wellbeing.
  • Educate through the sharing of young people’s lived experience stories.
  • Empower young people by giving them the knowledge and skills to lead mentally healthy lives.

How can you get involved with batyr?

Being Herd

Being Herd: become a mental health advocate
Have you got a story to share? Being Herd is a free two day workshop that empowers young people (aged 18-30) to give a voice to their story of mental ill-health.

The workshop focuses on highlighting the steps you took to get support, what has helped in your recovery or management of your experiences and how you can share your story in a safe and effective way for yourself and other young people.

The aim of the program is to enable you to tell your story in a constructive and empowering way that may one day benefit another person going through a difficult time.

After participating in the workshop you may also have the opportunity to undergo further training to become a batyr speaker, where you will tailor your storytelling to share your experience.

Click Here to find out more.

batyr@JCU student executive

Want to make a difference at JCU Townsville in promoting a strong culture of positive conversations on mental health and wellbeing? Join the batyr exec at JCU!

batyr is a mental health organisation that aims to engage, educate and empower students to have open and honest conversations surrounding mental health. The batyr JCU exec team are student reps who plan and implement events and initiatives for the University to raise awareness around mental health and to promote reaching out for support when it’s needed.

batyr program attendees

You'll get to....

  • Help create a community that supports university students’ mental health and wellbeing
  • Reduce mental health stigma and increase help seeking
  • The opportunity to coordinate events and campaigns
  • Meet and engage with students online or face to face when suitable (physically distanced of course!)
  • Work with a supportive, highly driven and fun team
  • Professional development including leadership, communication, creativity, events management skills and more.

More information about when applications open will be provided shortly.

^ Australian Bureau of Statistics. 2016b. National Health Survey: First Results, 2014-15 (No. 4364.0.55.001) [Online].