Act-Belong-Commit is a comprehensive health promotion campaign that encourages individuals to take action to protect and promote their own mental wellbeing and encourages organisations that provide mentally healthy activities to promote participation in those activities.
Act-Belong-Commit was developed primarily from research undertaken by Curtin University in Western Australia into people’s perceptions of mental health and the behaviours they believed protected and promoted good mental health. Following on from Act-Belong-Commit's state-wide success in Western Australia, the CRRMH has been delivering the program across NSW since 2013.
The A-B-C guidelines for positive mental health provide a simple approach that we can adopt to become more mentally healthy:
- Act – Keep mentally, physically and socially active: take a walk, say g’day, read a book, do a crossword, dance, play cards, stop for a chat…
- Belong – Join a book club, take a cooking class, be more involved in groups you are already a member of, go along to community events…
- Commit – Take up a cause, help a neighbour, learn something new, set yourself a challenge, help out at the school or meals on wheels…
Being active, having a sense of belonging, and having a purpose in life all to contribute to good mental health.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE MENTALLY HEALTHY?
It means that most of the time you feel good about yourself, good about what you do, and good about others. You enjoy the simple things in life, feel fairly optimistic about the future, and are interested about what’s going on in the world.
The objectives of the Act-Belong-Commit project include:
To increase and maintain individuals’ awareness and understanding of the things they can and should do to keep mentally healthy
To increase and reinforce participation in individual and community activities that strengthen mental health and reduce vulnerability to mental health disorders
To extend the reach of the Act-Belong-Commit positive mental health promotion message to Indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse populations
To increase the understanding of the value and importance of offering the wider community more opportunities to ‘Act-Belong-Commit’ in everyday life through educating health-related agencies, community organisations, and sporting and recreation clubs
To help build new and strengthen existing connections between those in the community dealing with mental health problems and those in the community (organisations and individuals) with the capacity to strengthen positive mental health
To build cohesion in Act-Belong-Commit communities by fostering partnerships between organisations around a unifying theme of positive mental health.
To build capacity in participating communities to plan, implement, evaluate and fund activities that promote positive mental health for individuals and organisations.
The Act-Belong-Commit objectives align with the following strategic objective:
- Increase the proportion of the population in rural and remote NSW, and specifically in high priority communities, who have the knowledge, skills and attitudes to:
Attain and maintain good physical and mental health
Remain well during times of adversity (shared positive view of resilience in the face of adversity.
Download these factsheets to help you get started with your own Act-Belong-Commit campaign.