Mentally Healthy WA
A society that values mental health and where everyone has the opportunity to be mentally healthy.
To enhance population mental health by creating supportive environments that strengthen individual and community resilience.
Mentally Healthy WA (based at Curtin University) operates the well-established Act-Belong-Commit mental health promotion campaign, a unique, evidence-based program applicable to the whole community.
Using a community-based social marketing model to build population mental health in Western Australia, Mentally Healthy WA also runs a number of programs including:
- Youth Connectors
- Mentally Healthy Schools
- Aboriginal (Standing Strong Together) Program and
- Pilbara Capacity Building Program.
RecognitionThe Act-Belong-Commit campaign is a widely recognised and accessible campaign, with its reach extending across Australia and globally.
Act-Belong-Commit has continued to grow in reach and impact as it helps to change attitudes towards mental health and reducing stigma towards mental illness by encouraging people to be more open about mental health issues and inspiring people to engage in activities that strengthen their mental well-being.
Act-Belong-Commit has been recognised in a number of awards including:
- Winner of the Mental Health Outcome Award Mental Health Promotion and Mental Illness Prevention category in 2009
- Winner of the Australian Medical Association (WA) and Healthway, Healthier WA Award in 2013
- Finalist in the Mental Health Awards, Diversity Category, Pilbara Capacity Building Project, 2017
- Finalist in the WA Community Service Excellence Awards, Standing Strong Together Project in Roebourne, 2018.
Mentally Healthy WA is experienced in developing long and fruitful relationship, partnering with a variety of organisations, community groups and corporations to promote the Act-Belong-Commit campaign. Our 4-year partnership with Chevron, 10-year partnership with the Mental Health Commission, 10-year partnership with the City of Rockingham and 14-year partnership with Healthway are prime examples.
The Act-Belong Commit campaign is delivered through a structured partnership model, including Schools, Community, Associate and International partnerships. As of March 2019 we have 270 signed partners on board and aim to increase our partnerships to 300 by December 2019.
In 2011, a team at Waseda University in Japan adapted the campaign to help children affected by the Tsunami, and more recently The National Institute of Public Health in Denmark, The Norwegian Network of Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services (Norwegian HPH), and the Faroe Islands Council for Public Health have worked closely with the Act-Belong-Commit team to roll out the framework in their countries.
You can read the 2018 evaluation of the Act-Belong-Commit campaign here.
You can read our 2017 Annual Impact Statement here.