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New research shows that acting, belonging and committing can prevent mental 'ill' health in older adults

Created Wednesday, 03 May 2017 in News

This just released ground-breaking research showcased the results of a three year longitudinal study in Ireland. A team of international researchers from Spain, Denmark and Australia investigated whether Acting-Belonging-Committing prevented depression, anxiety and cognitive decline in people over 50. The results were very clear: they found the more people Acted, Belonged and Committed, the less likely they were to suffer from depression, anxiety and a decline in their cognitive functioning over those years.

Dangerous Content: 13 Reasons Why

Created Wednesday, 03 May 2017 in News
There have been growing concerns for young people since the release of Netflix’s series 13 Reasons Why. The series tells the story of a young high school student who takes her own life and viewers are exposed to very confronting and graphic scenes of sexual assault and suicide methods. There are a number of resources for young people, school staff and parents that have been created by Headspace and Mental Health First Aid Australia in response, see below:

headspace.org.au/news/dangerous-content-in-13-reasons-why

13 Reasons Plot Summary

13 Reasons Talking Points

If you are looking for ways to boost your mental health and wellbeing during this time please try the Activity Finder, Self-assessment or Self-help Guide on the Act-Belong-Commit website.

If you or your students or child have urgent concerns about someone’s mental health, please contact one of the crisis support services:
  • Lifeline on 13 11 14
  • Kids Helpline (for young people up to age 25yrs) 1800 55 1800
  • Mental Health Emergency Response Line on 1300 555 788

Volunteer Competition Terms and Conditions 2017

Created Thursday, 30 March 2017 in News

Volunteer Week Competition 2017 Terms and Conditions

March 2017 Local Champion, Rita Nita

Created Friday, 10 March 2017 in News
This month we’re featuring Perth-based dance teacher Rita Nita. Rita runs an urban dance company out of King St Arts Centre in Perth. Elan Dance Est is a welcoming, inclusive and vibrant place that welcomes all people to come along and ‘just give it a go’.

Reaching new heights

Created Friday, 10 March 2017 in News

We’re pleased to support our campaign ambassador Garth Civil on his latest personal challenge, a climb to the summit of Mount Imja Tse (more commonly known as Island Peak) in Nepal.

Garth, a career firefighter, has been involved with Act-Belong-Commit as campaign ambassador since 2013 and very much lives and breathes the Act-Belong-Commit ethos.

New Program to Boost Youth Mental Health

Created Monday, 13 February 2017 in News
Mentally Healthy WA has announced a new program to boost youth mental health, launched by the Minister for Mental Health the Hon. Andrea Mitchell MLA.

Act-Belong-Commit Youth Connectors

Created Monday, 06 February 2017 in News
Are you ... aged between 16 & 25? Passionate about health & wellbeing?

Come to our FUN & FREE workshop where you will learn:
  • About Act-Belong-Commit
  • How you can talk to friends about being mentally healthy
  • How you can assist others to get involved in the community

Feel Good Feb

Created Friday, 03 February 2017 in News

This month we're supporting Feel Good Feb!

Feel Good Feb was created to encourage and inspire people to initiate random acts of kindness for their fellow community members. There has been extensive research to prove that ‘giving out good’ not only benefits the receiver but also increases the happiness of the giver. There’s mental happiness and physical benefits for all involved. It is a win-win situation!

Communities are accepting the challenge to act, belong and commit

Created Wednesday, 18 January 2017 in News
Across Western Australia, communities are responding to the message of the Act-Belong-Commit campaign. For Mental Health Week last October, a number of organisations and schools incorporated the campaign message in various ways.

Youth Connectors Launch

Created Tuesday, 10 January 2017 in News

On Wednesday 8 February we're launching our youth-based mental health program 'Youth Connectors' and you're invited!! Come along and find out about the program, how you or your organisation can get involved, and listen to a panel discussion on youth mental health featuring some key people from the WA sector.

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New resource: Keeping mentally healthy in retirement

New resource: Keeping mentally healthy in retirement

Retirement is an exciting chapter in your life! There is more time to do the things you enjoy, spend time with family and friends, explore different hobbies, and set yourself new, meaningful challenges. In saying that, any life change that you go through can be unsettling and bring about uncertainty which may impact your mental wellbeing. We have realised a new resource encouraging retirees, and those who are transitioning into retirement, to boost their mental health and well-being through a few simple steps.

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Don't let winter rain on your parade!

Don't let winter rain on your parade!

It’s that time of year again where the daylight gets shorter, the weather cools down and our lakes and dams start to fill up again. For some people, this time of year is particularly difficult as the change of season can lead to a decrease in physical activity and leave people feeling unhappy and isolated from friends and family.

The change in weather doesn’t have to negatively affect our mental health, there are many great ways to stay active, belong and commit throughout winter!

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What is Act-Belong-Commit?

What is Act-Belong-Commit?

Act-Belong-Commit is a mental health promotion campaign that encourages individuals to take action to protect and promote their own mental wellbeing.

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Act-Belong-Commit in Recovery

Act-Belong-Commit in Recovery

Expressions of Interest wanted from service providers to host a free interactive workshop for staff and consumers to learn about how Act-Belong-Commit in Recovery can support recovery from addictions and mental health problems by promoting positive behaviours that build and strengthen mental wellness.

If you're interested please contact Alicia, alicia.fair-manson@student.curtin.edu.au or (08) 9266 1653.