Text Size: Normal | Large

News

Act-Belong-Commit's Impact in 2016

Created Tuesday, 23 May 2017 in News
The results of our annual Computer-Assisted Telephone Interviews are in!! Each year we survey 600 West Australians living in metro and regional areas. Some of the main results were:
  •  In Western Australia, 76% of people are aware of Act-Belong-Commit (2 million people)
  • Of those who are aware of the message, 97% approve of Act-Belong-Commit
  • Of those who are aware of the message 12% did something to improve their mental health i.e. kept active, got involved in the community, volunteered (that's approximately 230,000 people)
  • The campaign contributes to the reduction of stigma surrounding mental health, with 68% of those aware of the message agreeing with this

View our full infographic here.

May 2017 Local Champion: Jem Plaisted

Created Tuesday, 23 May 2017 in News
This month we’re featuring local Inglewood Mother, Jem Plaisted. Jem is very involved in her local ‘Buy Nothing’ group. The project is a social movement that is making waves across the country, using Facebook to reduce waste and increase random acts of kindness.

Act-Belong-Commit's Impact in 2016: Infographics

Created Tuesday, 16 May 2017 in News
Click read more for full infographic.

Partner Report 2016: Infographics

Created Tuesday, 16 May 2017 in News
Click read more for full infographic.

Runner-up Volunteer Week Competition

Created Thursday, 11 May 2017 in News

Thank you to everyone that entered the Act-Belong-Commit Volunteering Competition. We had almost 150 entries explaining their story of how volunteering keeps them mentally healthy!!

Coral was the runner-up:

"Moving to a new area was daunting and depressing not knowing anyone. My husband and I decided to volunteer at the local fire brigade, we were welcomed with open arms and made to feel part of the community. My husband got really sick shortly after and the support and friendship shown by the brigade kept us going. We now go there every week to talk and keep mentally healthy by talking and being involved in the community. After only a short few months we now feel we belong."

Congratulations Coral, happy volunteering!

Announcing the winner of our Volunteer Week Competition!

Created Wednesday, 10 May 2017 in News
"Volunteering, on my own, with friends, my children and family, gives me a sense of belonging. I feel like I've helped, and my contribution makes a difference. I feel satisfaction from achieving goals, and have a huge sense of pride when I/we complete what we set to do. I have found my best friends through volunteering, and I have met some wonderful people who have also been great to know professionally. I know my children will continue to volunteer and their children will no doubt give, and reap the rewards of their contributions".

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’.
ABC Pledges

Latest News & Updates

Mental Health Week: 7-14 October 2017

Mental Health Week: 7-14 October 2017

It’s Mental Health Week (7-14 Oct), and this year our message to you is:

'Act-Belong-Commit for good social and emotional well-being'

Here are a few simple ways that you can boost your social and emotional well-being this week: Read more...
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.

Read more...
Act-Belong-Commit Youth Connectors

Act-Belong-Commit Youth Connectors

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
Read more...
Winner & Finalists: Act-Belong-Commit Awards 2017

Winner & Finalists: Act-Belong-Commit Awards 2017

The Act-Belong-Commit Awards recognise and showcase WA people and organisations that epitomise the 'Act-Belong-Commit' way of life, and celebrates their mentally healthy achievements. Read about the 2017 winners.

Read more...