History

Our Story

2018 marks a significant year for Act-Belong-Commit, as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the campaign’s statewide rollout.

The story began back in 2002 when researchers at Curtin University were commissioned by Healthway to investigate people's perceptions of mental health and the behaviours they believed protected and promoted good mental health.

Following a successful pilot phase (2005-2007) in six regional communities throughout Western Australian, the campaign was launched state-wide in 2008 and since then has been going from strength to strength, with uptake in other parts of Australia, Asia and Europe.

The positivity of the campaign strikes a chord with people of all backgrounds. Our evaluation shows the campaign is consistently increasing people’s knowledge of the sorts of things they can and should do to keep mentally healthy, reducing stigma associated with mental illness, encouraging people to be more open about mental health issues and is inspiring people to engage in activities that strengthen their mental wellbeing.

The Act-Belong-Commit campaign 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; and Finalist in the Mental Health Awards, Diversity Category, Pilbara Capacity Building Project, 2017, and Finalist in the WA Community Service Excellence Awards, Standing Strong Together Project in Roebourne, 2018.

The Act-Belong-Commit campaign has come a long way since its inception, and would not have done so without the backing of our valued supporters including our founding partner Healthway (14-years), the Mental Health Commission (10-years) and Chevron (4-years), as well as our many partners, such as City of Rockingham (10-years) and 213 community partners.

We rely on government funding, corporate philanthropy, sponsorship and donations to continue our work, and although we're making a difference, there's still much to be done.

Find out how you can support the Act-Belong-Commit campaign through fundraising or partnering with us.