In a collaborative effort from batyr, Superfish and The Happy Motel, Monday night was host to an interactive cocktail event – An Evening with the Elephant - aimed at destigmatising mental illness.
batyr has had enormous success on the East Coast, reaching out to over 50,000 students - high school and university. Their overall aim as an organization is to destimagise mental health to the point where young people no longer have to suffer in silence.
The organisation has only recently branched out into the Adelaide scene, with the hopes of promoting its cause here to the same degree of success. batyr research claims that over 80% of university level students who suffer from a significant mental health problem will consider discontinuing their studies.
Mental illness is crippling, and even more so when sufferers feel they are unable to talk about it because of a perceived social stigma. So batyr’s presence on the Adelaide student scene is sure to be not only a positive asset, but also catalyst for change regarding how we communicate about mental health.
batyr derives its name from a Kazakhstan elephant who was believed to be able to talk (Google it! It’s an actual thing). The organization, inspired by Batyr the talking elephant, uses this anecdotal tale to ‘address the elephant in the room’ – that being mental ill health.
Watch this batyr video to hear straight from the elephant’s mouth what they’re all about:
The evening showcased an array of fruity, fresh and summery Mexican inspired dishes from The Happy Motel’s chef Jordan Jeavons – a proud supporter of batyr’s initiatives in Adelaide – to be featured on Superfish’s menu this season. A couple of the absolute highlights, and well worth a try, were the kingfish and grapefruit tostada, the grilled asparagus and feta brioche with salsa verde; and the grilled corn cob drizzled with chipotle and parmesan. Meat-eaters and vegetarians alike will find this new menu drool-worthy!