- Act-Belong-Commit is celebrating 10 years of helping to improve the mental health and wellbeing of Western Australians
- Recent research shows the Act-Belong-Commit campaign has led to more people looking after their mental health
For a decade, the groundbreaking message of Act-Belong-Commit has been encouraging Western Australians to look after their mental health, and research proves it is working with more people evaluating their mental wellbeing since the public health campaign was introduced.
Each year, one in every five Australians will experience a mental health issue. The Act-Belong-Commit message aims to promote easy to follow guidelines for Western Australians to adopt so they can improve their mental health and help reverse this statistic.
Results of a 2017 evaluation of the Act-Belong-Commit campaign show that in one year, about 200,000 more Western Australians became aware of their mental health. This figure has more than doubled since the campaign began 10 years ago.
The Act-Belong-Commit campaign continues to grow in reach and impact, and is helping to change attitudes and reduce the stigma associated with mental health.
Healthway will provide more than $2.3 million over three years (2017-20) to support the Act-Belong-Commit (A-B-C) campaign, which will also receive more than $460,000 in funding from the Mental Health Commission in 2017-18.
The A-B-C guidelines for positive mental health are simple: Act by taking steps to stay mentally, physically and socially active; Belong by joining a community group or event and being more involved in groups you are already a member of; and Commit by taking up a cause, learning something new or helping a friend.
To find out more about how you can Act-Belong-Commit or to pledge your A-B-C goal, visit http://www.actbelongcommit.org.au
Comments attributed to Mental Health Minister Roger Cook:
"The State Government is a strong supporter of the Act-Belong-Commit campaign, and I am pleased that it continues to motivate people to take charge and actively do things to improve their mental health.
"Being physically active and getting involved in the community are important factors in keeping mentally healthy.
"I encourage everyone to live the Act-Belong-Commit message every day."
Comments attributed to Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Mental Health Alanna Clohesy MLC:
"I am very pleased to help commemorate Act-Belong-Commit's 10-year event and recognise that it has been a decade since the campaign was rolled out across Western Australia.
"Having grown up in a small rural community, I understand the kind of support that our community, and a sense of closeness to those around us, can bring.
"Whether it is singing in a choir, participating in theatre or volunteering, I encourage all Western Australians to find the activity that they love and adopt the Act-Belong-Commit approach into their daily lives."
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