What is Act-Belong-Commit?

Being active, having a sense of belonging and having a purpose in life all contribute to happiness and good mental health.

The A-B-C guidelines for positive mental health provide a simple approach everyone can adopt to become more mentally healthy:

  • "Do Something"

    Keep active in as many ways as you can -physically, socially, mentally and spiritually.
  • take a walk
  • read a book
  • do a crossword
  • dance
  • stop for a chat
  • "Do Something with Someone"

    Keep connected to friends and family; get involved in groups, join in local community activities.
  • join a book club
  • take a cooking class
  • go to community events
  • get involved in groups or clubs
  • "Do Something Meaningful"

    Commit to a cause; become a volunteer; learn a new skill; or take up a challenge yourself.
  • take up a cause
  • help a neighbour
  • learn something new
  • take on a challenge
  • volunteer


Being active—physically, socially, mentally and spiritually are the basic building blocks for good mental health. Being active keeps you alert, energetic and in touch with others.

There is substantial evidence that people with higher levels of activity have a greater sense of wellbeing and mental health.


Having strong social connections with friends, family and the wider community are an essential ingredient to a productive and fulfilling life.

There are many ways you can increase your sense of belonging; it's all about joining in and connecting with others! Feeling a part of something can boost your mood and help you to feel good about yourself and others. 


You can ‘commit’ by volunteering, helping others, learning new skills or setting a personal challenge—all of these things make us feel good about ourselves, improves our self-confidence, self-esteem and enhances our mental health.

The greater the level of commitment to an interest or group, the greater the sense of self, satisfaction from one’s efforts and contribution to personal and community mental health.

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Learn more about how you can improve your mental health and wellbeing