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Act-Belong-Commit is a community-based health promotion campaign that encourages people to take action to improve their mental health and wellbeing. This evidence-based campaign was developed primarily from research undertaken by Curtin University into people's perceptions of mental health and the behaviours they believed protected and promoted good mental health. Following a successful pilot phase in six regional communities in Western Australian (2005–2007), the campaign was expanded state-wide.

Evaluation shows the campaign has the capacity to sensitise people to the belief that there are things we can and should do to look after our mental wellbeing, to change attitudes towards mental health and mental illness; reduce stigma associated with mental illness; and encourage people to engage in behaviours to boost their mental health.

The success of the campaign has been recognised nationally and internationally, with the spontaneous uptake of the campaign across Australia and overseas. In 2011, a team at Waseda University in Japan adapted the campaign to help children affected by the Tsunami, and more recently the Danish National Institute for Public Health announced that the campaign will be rolled out nationwide in Denmark in 2015.

In 2013, Act-Belong-Commit was announced the winner of the Australian Medical Association (WA) and Healthway, Healthier WA Award. The Award recognises exceptional achievement in primary prevention within the Western Australian community.

The Western Australian campaign is funded by Healthway and the Mental Health Commission and supported by Curtin University.

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Michelle Cowan announced as Act-Belong-Commit Ambassador

Michelle Cowan announced as Act-Belong-Commit Ambassador

We’re happy to announce Michelle Cowan as an official Act-Belong-Commit Ambassador!

Michelle Cowan is the inaugural coach of the Fremantle Dockers AFLW team, an accomplished level three AFL High Performance Coach, mother of two and role model.

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Feel Good Feb to promote good will

Feel Good Feb to promote good will

February is an ideal time of year to brighten someone’s day with a random act of kindness, according to mental health organisation Act-Belong-Commit.

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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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Meaning and purpose in life reduces problem drinking in older age

Meaning and purpose in life reduces problem drinking in older age

Recent research suggests that the sorts of lifestyle factors promoted in Western Australia’s Act-Belong-Commit mental health promotion campaign could contribute to reductions in problem drinking in older adults. While most Australians enjoy the occasional beer or glass of wine, with no risk to their health, some Australians’ drinking habits are harmful.

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