Being Herd, a free two day workshop that empowers young people to give a voice to their story of mental ill health is on in Newcastle this weekend.
The workshop is aimed at helping young people aged 18 to 30 who want to learn how to share their experiences of mental ill health to help other young people.
While the workshop can help those suffering from depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, eating disorders, bullying, stress, or other issues, you don’t need a diagnosed mental illness to take part in the program. Batyr, the organisation that run the workshop, are interested in the personal stories of anyone who has felt that their mental health has held them back, or made life more difficult than it needs to be.
Batyr aims to engage, educate and empower young people to have positive conversations about mental health.
Vulnerability to mental illness is heightened during adolescence and young adulthood and over three-quarters (76%) of people who experience mental disorder during their lifetime will first develop a disorder before the age of 25 years. Workshops like Being Herd that focus on mental illness in youth, and empowering them to speak up are incredibly important.
Being Herd is on 12th-13th May in Newcastle.