What is Act-Belong-Commit?

Keeping mentally healthy is just as important as staying physically healthy.

And the good news is there are things we can all do to promote our mental wellbeing and create a stronger more resilient community.


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

The Act-Belong-Commit guidelines for positive mental health provide a simple approach you can adopt to become more mentally healthy:

  • "Do Something"

    Keep active - physically, socially, mentally and spiritually.
  • go for a walk or a run
  • read a book
  • talk to someone
  • meditate or pray
  • "Do Something with Someone"

    Keep connected - to friends, family and your community.
  • join a book club
  • take a cooking class
  • go to community events
  • join a sports team
  • "Do Something Meaningful"

    Do something meaningful, important and valuable to you.
  • volunteer
  • learn something new
  • take on a challenge
  • teach others

Act

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, and there is substantial evidence that higher levels of activity results in a greater sense of wellbeing and mental health.

Belong

Having strong social connections with friends, family and the wider community are an essential ingredient to a productive and fulfilling life. Feeling a part of something can boost your mood and help you to feel good about yourself and others. 

There are a lot of ways you can increase your sense of belonging; it's all about joining in and connecting with others! 

Commit

The greater the level of commitment to an interest, cause or group, the greater the sense of self, satisfaction and contribution to personal and community mental health.

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.


Get involved

If you need ideas, or don't know how to start, check out our Activity Finder


You can also follow the Act-Belong-Commit guide to keeping mentally healthy!

Where to Get Help

There are many resources and organisations you can refer to for further information and support with your mental health. Helplines, websites, mental health organisations and government mental health information services provide a range of services.

Click here to learn more.