OUR IMPACT

We’re creating and leading systemic and actionable change through listening and amplifying the voices of young people. 

How are we making change?

OurHerd is uniquely positioned to amplify young people's voices to inform the decisions that affect them by harnessing the power of technology. Sentiment analysis, AI and machine learning allows us to capture qualitative and quantitative data to draw insights from the lived experiences stories of our users, which is fed back to key decision-makers, essentially acting as a megaphone to ensure that young people are at the heart of decision-making. 

Share Stories
Young people share lived experience mental health stories pubicly or privately on the app through various story mediums such as video and written.  
Analyse Stories
The OurHerd team analyse these stories with the help of technology. Sentiment analysis, AI and machine learning allows us to draw insights from the stories.
Share Insights
These insights are shared back with key decision-makers such as governments and service providers, in order to equip them with real-time data on how to better serve the mental health needs of young people. 

What we’ve already learnt from young people on OurHerd

Top 5 Experiences
Young People Spoke about
on OurHerd

28%

of young people spoke about Anxiety

17%

of young people spoke about Depression

8%

of young people spoke  about Panic Attacks

7%

of young people spoke about Stress & Pressure

7%

of young people spoke about Hospitalisation

Anxiety, is the most commonly referenced mental health issue on the platform  (28% of stories).

Depression was the second highest referenced mental health issue  (17% of stories).

Other experiences not listed include, but are not limited to, alcohol & drugs, bullying, PTSD, sexuality, self harm, trauma, schizophrenia, ADHD, autism. 

Note: The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Data identifies Anxiety as the most common mental health concern in Australia followed by Depression 

Top 5 Contributers
to Adversity Young People
Spoke about on OurHerd

25%

of young people spoke about Fear

17%

of young people spoke about Anxiousness

13%

of young people spoke  about Worry

12%

of young people spoke about Losing Sleep

11%

of young people spoke about Fear of Speaking

The most common contributor was “Fear” - this manifested itself predominantly through relationships rather than fear of the mental health challenge itself. In particular fear of change and uncertainty, fear of the unknown and fear of judgement and discrimination.

Fear will always be present around mental health challenges and accessing support. Investment in mitigation strategies and up-skilling communities to connect and communicate earlier will reduce the impact on young people.

Top 5 Contributors to
Recovery Young People
Spoke about on OurHerd

9%

of young people spoke about Taking Action

7%

of young people spoke about Acceptance of Self

6%

of young people spoke  about Pyschologists

6%

of young people spoke about Support Networks

5%

of young people spoke about Friends

The majority of top contributors towards recovery were informal support services, with Psychologists and GP’s the only formal supports listed at Taking Action & Talking was the most commonly referenced contributor to recovery with 42% of stories mentioning it.

Out of the top 10 contributing factors 73% were for informal support services (talking with friends, acceptance of self, connection with family etc) and only 27% referenced professional support services (Psychologists, GP’s / Doctors and Getting Help) 3 and 9 respectively.

Top 5 Key Findings of how
OurHerd Supports Youth
Mental Health & Wellbeing

❤️

OurHerd is a one-of-a-kind safe digital space where young people don’t feel alone

📚

Young people want to take control of their own mental health by seeking information and supporting others

🧠

OurHerd is expected to be beneficial for mental health literacy, help-seeking, and internalised stigma

💬

The informal learning that comes from viewing stories is a critical offering of OurHerd

💪

The OurHerd community feels self-empowered and empowered to help others

In March 2021, we officially launched the OurHerd research partnership with the Young and Resilient Research Centre at Western SydneyUniversity (WSU), with The Honourable David Coleman (Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention).

The purpose of the study conducted with Western Sydney University’s Young and Resilient Research Centre was to understand how young people are using the OurHerd app, our new digital storytelling platform to navigate their way through tough times and to use these insights to inform future developments of the app.The project evaluated the potential of the OurHerd platform to support youth mental health and wellbeing.

What we’ve already learnt from young people on OurHerd

28%

of young people spoke
about Anxiety

17%

of young people spoke
about Depression

8%

of young people spoke
about Panic Attacks

7%

of young people spoke
about Stress & Pressure

7%

of young people spoke
about Hospitalisation
Top 5 Experiences Young People
Spoke about on OurHerd

Anxiety, is the most commonly referenced mental health issue on the platform  (28% of stories).

Depression was the second highest referenced mental health issue  (17% of stories).

Other experiences not listed include, but are not limited to, alcohol & drugs, bullying, PTSD, sexuality, self harm, trauma, schizophrenia, ADHD, autism. 

Note: The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Data identifies Anxiety as the most common mental health concern in Australia followed by Depression 

25%

of young people spoke
about Fear

17%

of young people spoke
about Anxiousness

13%

of young people spoke
about Worry

12%

of young people spoke
about Losing Sleep

11%

of young people spoke
about Fear of Speaking
Top 5 Contributors to Adversity
Young People Spoke about on OurHerd

The most common contributor was “Fear” - this manifested itself predominantly through relationships rather than fear of the mental health challenge itself. In particular fear of change and uncertainty, fear of the unknown and fear of judgement and discrimination.

Fear will always be present around mental health challenges and accessing support. Investment in mitigation strategies and up-skilling communities to connect and communicate earlier will reduce the impact on young people.

9%

of young people spoke
about Taking Action

7%

of young people spoke
about Acceptance of self

6%

of young people spoke
about Psychologists

6%

of young people spoke
about Support Networks

5%

of young people spoke
about Friends
Top 5 Contributors to Recovery
Young People Spoke about on OurHerd

The majority of top contributors towards recovery were informal support services, with Psychologists and GP’s the only formal supports listed at Taking Action & Talking was the most commonly referenced contributor to recovery with 42% of stories mentioning it.

Out of the top 10 contributing factors 73% were for informal support services (talking with friends, acceptance of self, connection with family etc) and only 27% referenced professional support services (Psychologists, GP’s / Doctors and Getting Help) 3 and 9 respectively.

❤️

OurHerd is a one-of-a-kind safe digital space where young people don’t feel alone

📚

Young people want to take control of their own mental health by seeking information and supporting others

🧠

OurHerd is expected to be beneficial for mental health literacy, help-seeking, and internalised stigma

💬

The informal learning that comes from viewing stories is a critical offering of OurHerd

💪

The OurHerd community feels self-empowered and empowered to help others
Top 5 Key Findings of how OurHerd
Supports Youth Mental Health & Wellbeing

In March 2021, we officially launched the OurHerd research partnership with the Young and Resilient Research Centre at Western SydneyUniversity (WSU), with The Honourable David Coleman (Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention).

The purpose of the study conducted with Western Sydney University’s Young and Resilient Research Centre was to understand how young people are using the OurHerd app, our new digital storytelling platform to navigate their way through tough times and to use these insights to inform future developments of the app.The project evaluated the potential of the OurHerd platform to support youth mental health and wellbeing.

What we’ve already learnt from young people on OurHerd

Top 5 Experiences Young People
Spoke about on OurHerd

28%

of young people spoke
about Anxiety

17%

of young people spoke
about Depression

8%

of young people spoke about Panic Attacks

7%

of young people spoke about Stress & Pressure

7%

of young people spoke about Hospitalisation

Anxiety, is the most commonly referenced mental health issue on the platform  (28% of stories).

Depression was the second highest referenced mental health issue  (17% of stories).

Other experiences not listed include, but are not limited to, alcohol & drugs, bullying, PTSD, sexuality, self harm, trauma, schizophrenia, ADHD, autism. 

Note: The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Data identifies Anxiety as the most common mental health concern in Australia followed by Depression 

Top 5 Contributors to Adversity
Young People Spoke about on OurHerd

25%

of young people spoke
about Fear

17%

of young people spoke
about Anxiousness

13%

of young people spoke
about Worry

12%

of young people spoke
about Losing Sleep

11%

of young people spoke
about Fear of Speaking

The most common contributor was “Fear” - this manifested itself predominantly through relationships rather than fear of the mental health challenge itself. In particular fear of change and uncertainty, fear of the unknown and fear of judgement and discrimination.

Fear will always be present around mental health challenges and accessing support. Investment in mitigation strategies and up-skilling communities to connect and communicate earlier will reduce the impact on young people.

Top 5 Contributors to Recovery
Young People Spoke about on OurHerd

9%

of young people spoke
about Taking Action

7%

of young people spoke
about Acceptance of self

6%

of young people spoke
about Psychologists

6%

of young people spoke
about Support Networks

5%

of young people spoke
about Friends

The majority of top contributors towards recovery were informal support services, with Psychologists and GP’s the only formal supports listed at Taking Action & Talking was the most commonly referenced contributor to recovery with 42% of stories mentioning it.

Out of the top 10 contributing factors 73% were for informal support services (talking with friends, acceptance of self, connection with family etc) and only 27% referenced professional support services (Psychologists, GP’s / Doctors and Getting Help) 3 and 9 respectively.

Top 5 Key Findings of how OurHerd
Supports Youth Mental Health & Wellbeing

❤️

OurHerd is a one-of-a-kind safe digital space where young people don’t feel alone

📚

Young people want to take control of their own mental health by seeking information and supporting others

🧠

OurHerd is expected to be beneficial for mental health literacy, help-seeking, and internalised stigma

💬

The informal learning that comes from viewing stories is a critical offering of OurHerd

💪

The OurHerd community feels self-empowered and empowered to help others

In March 2021, we officially launched the OurHerd research partnership with the Young and Resilient Research Centre at Western SydneyUniversity (WSU), with The Honourable David Coleman (Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention).

The purpose of the study conducted with Western Sydney University’s Young and Resilient Research Centre was to understand how young people are using the OurHerd app, our new digital storytelling platform to navigate their way through tough times and to use these insights to inform future developments of the app.The project evaluated the potential of the OurHerd platform to support youth mental health and wellbeing.

We’ve already shared these insights with…

01.02.22
12.12.22
25.03.21

Federal Minister for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

12.12.22
12.12.22

Federal Education Minister

12.12.22

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