Act Belong Commit
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.
You may have seen a fresh face to the Act Belong Commit campaign.
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. Check out the new Activity Finder to see what's happening in your area.
The local Project Officer can also assist your community group or organisation to apply for Healthway funding to host an activity or event that promotes the Act Belong Commit message. 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.
We're calling on community members to get involved with our kindness initiative during Mental Health Month this October.
Mental Health Week takes place from 9 - 16 October 2021. We are celebrating mental health throughout October with the Act Belong Commit Community Kindness Initiative.
The Mental Health Month Community Kindness Initiative encourages everyone to spread kindness. We have designed a Community Kindness Card to distribute throughout the Rockingham community and we invite you to get involved in sharing the message. The card explains the benefits of random acts of kindness and some simple ideas of how to do it. Those who receive a card through an act of kindness are encouraged to do a random act of kindness for someone else, write their name on the card and pass it on.
Being kind or helping someone can:
- reduce your stress levels
- boost your mood
- brighten someone's day
Acts of kindness may include:
- leaving a thoughtful note for someone
- putting someone's trolley back for them
- buying someone a cup of tea or coffee
- saying hello to your neighbour.
This year the City sent out community kindness cards to 42 community groups and schools to share.
You will also find the cards at the City's libraries, but you do not need to have a card to get involved, simply focus on kindness this October, and beyond.
If you would like some copies of the card please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org