Mental health promotion
Act-Belong-Commit is the first evidenced-based mental health promotion campaign of its kind. The campaign encourages everyone to do things to keep mentally healthy. It focuses on building good mental health and preventing mental illness and it is aimed at everybody.
Keeping mentally healthy is as important as staying physically healthy, and it’s as easy as A-B-C. Keeping active, having a sense of belonging and having a purpose in life are all good for our mental health and wellbeing. We not only feel happier, but we can cope better with problems and stress.
Keep physically, socially and mentally active. Take a walk, ride a bike, read a book, dance, do a crossword puzzle; stop for a chat. Being active helps cope with stress, builds friendships and lifts spirits. Do more things you enjoy.
Join a book club, a sporting team or a cooking class. Be more involved in community groups or a volunteer organisation. Belonging helps build friendships, creates opportunities, strengthens communities and feels good. Just keep showing up - after seven appearances you will be considered a ‘regular’!
Take up a cause or help others in your community. Set some goals for yourself. Be a volunteer or a coach or a mentor. Support your community clubs and groups. Volunteer for office. Try something challenging: learn something new. Help others. Commitment creates opportunities for you and others, it creates a sense of belonging and it feels good. Commitment gives meaning to life.
For more information or to access the many Act-Belong-Commit resources please visit the Southern Melbourne Primary Care Partnership website.