Mentally Healthy WA has a series of programs on offer to the community. Depending on where you work or live, some of these may be available to you:
- Pilbara Capacity Building
- Recovery Workshops
- Youth Connectors
Please scroll down to read more on our programs.
Mentally Healthy WA is working with Chevron Australia to take the Act-Belong-Commit program into schools. Act-Belong-Commit provides young people with simple guidelines they can adopt to look after their mental health and increase their self-esteem, confidence and resilience.
Schools can sign-up to become Mentally Healthy Schools by adopting Act-Belong-Commit as a whole school approach to mental health promotion.
Mentally Healthy Schools Framework
When schools sign-up they receive access to a range of resources, merchandise and signage. In addition schools will receive assistance from the Schools Health Promotion Coordinator, with planning projects and events, publicity, grant application writing and training in Act-Belong-Commit message delivery.
The Mentally Healthy Schools program can be easily adapted to fit the specific needs of individual schools and the way in which the Act-Belong-Commit ethos is incorporated, is entirely up to the school community.
For more information or to subscribe to our Schools e-newsletter please contact Phoebe Joyce firstname.lastname@example.org or call (08) 9266 1873.
Mentally Healthy Schools Program Objectives
We aim to recruit 40 schools (primary and high) to participate in the Mentally Healthy Schools Program in Western Australia by June 2017.
Our primary objectives within these schools are to:
- Increase and maintain individual awareness and understanding of students, staff and parents that they can and should do things to keep mentally healthy.
- Increase and reinforce participation in mentally healthy activities amongst students, school staff and parents.
- Build the capacity of school staff to create mentally healthy school environments.
- Foster partnerships between schools and their communities.
- Reduce stigma around mental illness and increase openness about discussing mental health.
Pilbara Capacity Building
Chevron Australia & Mentally Healthy WA are working together to build social and emotional wellbeing in the Pilbara, with a focus on Karratha and Onslow.
A full-time Health Promotion Coordinator is based in Karratha and travels to Onslow monthly.
The Health Promotion Coordinator’s role is to partner with organisations that provide mentally healthy activities (arts, sport and recreation, volunteering etc) and assist them to increase attendance, participation, membership and volunteerism; promote their events as good for mental health; and help drive new events and activities in the target communities.
Community groups and organisations that offer mentally healthy activities can sign-up to become an Act-Belong-Commit partner. Partners can receive:
- Resources to promote the mentally healthy message (signage, merchandise, education material)
- Assistance planning, implementing and evaluating community events and activities
- Assistance writing grant applications for community activities
- Media and publicity guidance
We can also offer some assistance to groups and organisations in the Pilbara without being formal partners; however our priority will be formal campaign partners.
The Health Promotion Coordinator is also available to deliver presentations and facilitate workshops on the mentally healthy topic.
The program aims to build the capacity of the Karratha and Onslow communities by strengthening individual resilience and getting organisations working together. A further aim is to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness.
For more information or to get involved please contact Gemma Brooks email@example.com or call (08) 9143 2240.
Under a three year partnership with Chevron Australia, a culturally appropriate approach to the Act-Belong-Commit campaign is being developed in the Pilbara town of Roebourne.
A full-time Aboriginal Project Manager is based in Roebourne to assist the Roebourne community to ‘Act-Belong-Commit’ to improve social and emotional wellbeing. The Project Manager's role is to connect with people to find out what being mentally healthy means to the different groups that make up Roebourne, and then work with the groups to develop culturally relevant messages and activities that build social and emotional wellbeing through a culturally sensitive way.
Talking with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in various areas across Australia suggests that the basics of the Act-Belong-Commit message also apply in Aboriginal culture. For example, Aboriginal people have told us that people keep healthy by keeping active by being busy and working, taking care of self, getting exercise, and going fishing and hunting for bush tucker. Aboriginal researchers have also found that people’s connection with culture is related to improved social and emotional wellbeing, and that engaging in activities like re-learning language, recording voices, and visiting and caring for country give people strength and wellbeing.
For more information please contact Lesley Murray firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0427 013 153.
Aboriginal Project Manager Lesley Murray
Hi, I’m Lesley Murray, the Aboriginal Project Manager for Act-Belong-Commit. I relocated to the Pilbara in August 2014 and have been busy getting to know the Roebourne community since this time.
I am a Koori woman and have lived in WA for the past 17 years. I have worked and supported Aboriginal families and staff for the past 11 years in the Aboriginal Early Years area with the Dept. for Local Governments & Communities, with a particular focus on implementing and supporting staff in the Best Start Programs across the state, including the Best Start Program in Roebourne.
In my work I aim to walk alongside the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community and draw upon my Aboriginality, experience, creativity and skills in the areas of visual arts, Aboriginal early years and now the area of social and emotional wellbeing with Act-Belong-Commit. They are all interlinked.
It’s very important for me, my spirit, to work culturally sensitively by getting to know the history and the Aboriginal community where I work, live and travel to. Take time to build relationships, to listen, engage with the Elders and build partnerships, build trust and always follow through. While being mindful of Sorry time and Lore time.
When I’m not at work, I am a mother of four children and an artist.
Are you a health professional? Do you have contact with individuals who are recovering from a mental health condition?
The Act-Belong-Commit in Recovery workshops provide health professionals with a simple, practical framework for increasing people’s wellbeing and quality of life.
These workshops introduce the Act-Belong-Commit Guide to Keeping Mentally Healthy into the recovery setting and provide a positive framework for health professionals to utilise when working with people in recovery. The overall aim is to enhance recovery and prevent relapse by empowering individuals recovering from a mental health condition to get active, engage in the community and find meaningful things to do.
Workshops can be tailored to your workplace and delivered on-site. We also host occasional sessions from our office in Shenton Park.
For more information please contact (08) 9266 4648.
The workshops were developed and piloted with Ruah and the Bentley Adolescent Transitional Unit. The project is funded by the Mental Health Commission.
The youth connectors program involves teaching young people about the Act-Belong-Commit principles for good mental health, and up-skilling them to be able to assist and encourage peers to engage in mentally healthy activities.
The workshop encourages young individuals between the ages of 16 to 25, who are passionate about mental health and wellbeing to become volunteer ‘Act-Belong-Commit Connectors’. Connectors are a local source of information and encourage their peers to engage in mentally healthy activities. Connectors direct their peers to the website and ‘Guide to Keeping Mentally Healthy’, and, where applicable help to navigate the Guide and the website.
The two hour workshop consists of a presentation with educational and interactive activities that teach the participants about Act-Belong-Commit and how they can help their peers to get involved in activities that are good for mental health.
To attend a workshop, or host a workshop within your organistion contact Darci Miller on (08) 9266 9791.