Act Belong Commit

For good mental health, Act Belong Commit

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:

  • Act

Keep mentally, physically and socially active.

  • Belong

Maintain and create new social connections, become involved in local groups, attend community events.

  • Commit

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. Act Belong Commit

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 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.

 

 

 

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Mindful May

Our proud partners at Act Belong Commit have launched Mindful May to help us find mindfulness throughout the month.

Mindfulness is more than taking a break from our daily routine. It can be defined as a moment-to-moment awareness of one’s experience without judgement, and tuning in to the present moment. It can be promoted by certain practices and activities for example, paying attention to colours of a sunset or through yoga.

Some of the potential benefits of regular mindfulness practice are:

  • Reduced rumination and fewer depressive symptoms
  • Stress reduction
  • Decreased anxiety
  • Boost to working memory.
  • Improved ability to focus attention and suppress distracting information
  • Greater cognitive flexibility. People who practice mindfulness meditation appear to develop the skill of self-observation

The mindfulness activities that will take place over the course of May include colouring, connecting to nature, mindful breathing, yoga and mindful body scanning.

To find out more, visit Mindful May - Act Belong Commit.

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