The City of Wanneroo works in partnership with Act-Belong-Commit to encourage residents to take actions that will help contribute to positive mental wellbeing.
What is Act-Belong-Commit?
Act-Belong-Commit (A-B-C) is a health promotion campaign that encourages individuals to take action to protect and promote their mental wellbeing by focusing on three key elements.
The A-B-C message for positive mental health provide a simple approach that anyone can adopt to become more mentally healthy:
keep mentally, physically, socially and spiritually active: take a walk, say g’day, read a book, do a crossword, dance, play cards, stop for a chat...
Need a little inspiration?
- Get a Active Life (walking groups, fitness programs and activities)
- Sport & Leisure (sporting facilities, parks, health and wellbeing)
- Outdoor exercise equipment
join a book club, take a cooking class, be more involved in groups you are already a member of, go along to community events...
Looking for activities or groups to join?
- Growing Old Living Dangerously programme (exciting and challenging activities for people aged 50 years and over)
- School holiday programs
- Get a Social Life
- City of Wanneroo libraries
take up a cause, help a neighbour, learn something new, take on a challenge, volunteer...
Being active, having a sense of belonging and having a purpose in life all contribute to happiness and good mental health.
For more information and to find program and groups in your area take a look at the A-B-C Activity Finder, go to http://www.actbelongcommit.org.au/
By joining or forming a local community group you can increase your happiness. This is proven in the happiest country in the world, Denmark*, where 90% of citizens belong to a community group or club of some sort.
*World Happiness Report 2016
What is Mental Health?
Mental health is a person’s condition with regard to their psychological and emotional well-being and just like physical health it can be good, poor, or anywhere in-between. When your mental health is poor it is referred to as having a mental health condition (such as depression, anxiety or an eating disorder).
In Australia, approximately one in two people will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime*. However, just like physical health, this can change throughout a person’s life and there are some very real actions that we can take to manage it- such as those outlined by A-B-C.
*2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing
Whether you are looking for support for a friend, or feel you could benefit from improved mental health, there are many services available to help. Your local GP or Health Centre is always a great place to start and a quick visit to the Mental Health Commission website will also provide you with an extensive list of services and resources.
Alternatively, visit one of the useful links below.
- Act Belong Commit
- Life Line - 13 11 14
- Mensline Australia - 1300 78 99 78
- Beyond Blue - 1300 22 46 36
- Kids Helpline -1800 55 1800