Mental health promotion
The City of Rockingham continues to lead the way since 2008 with the inception of a world-first mental health promotion campaign aimed at preventing the onset of mental health problems, by encouraging everyone to do things to look after their mental wellbeing.
Mental health conditions are increasing around the world and are currently responsible for approximately one third of the total 'burden of disease', indicating the increasing importance of mental health promotion/prevention and early detection/intervention activities. This is why the Act-Belong-Commit campaign aims to increase individual resilience and build community cohesion to prevent the onset of mental health problems.
The campaign targets the general population and encourages everyone to do things to keep mentally healthy, just like we do things to stay physically healthy.
The positive mental health message is based around the ABC guidelines for positive mental health:
Keep mentally, physically and socially active.
Maintain and create new social connections, become involved in local groups, attend community events.
Take up a cause, volunteer, commit to something that brings meaning and purpose to your life.
The campaign works by promoting events and activities based in Rockingham as great ways for people to look after their mental health, from sporting activities, to volunteer opportunities and community events. The Local Project Officer can also assist your community group or organisation to apply for Healthway funding to host an activity or event.
To find out about all the latest Act-Belong-Commit activities, please contact the Community Development Officer (Health and Wellbeing) on 9528 0333.
Visit the Act-Belong-Commit website for more information.