This year, Mental Health Week runs from the 7-14 October. It's an opportunity to promote awareness about mental health and
There are two themes for 2017: ‘Connect with nature, connect with
We've put together a list of ideas of activities/events that you can do in your school, workplace, club, community group or friendship network....
Cultural event ideas:
- Invite local Aboriginal & Torres Strait Elders to speak or give a Welcome to Country at your event. If this isn’t an option (Elder not available) you should always do an ‘Acknowledgement to Country’ at the start of the event.
- Host a morning or afternoon tea for your club, family or workplace. You can ask for a gold coin donation for Act-Belong-Commit or another mental health charity of your choice. Bring in traditional Bush Tucker foods such as
damper, jam, honey and other seeds/nuts.
- More specifically, you can host a ‘crafternoon tea’ and ask people to show how they Act-Belong-Commit using traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and crafts.
- Invite an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander sportsperson or artist to visit you and run an activity or information session.
- Run a yarning circle during your lunch break. It’s an opportunity for people to be heard without being interrupted, the discussion can be around social and emotional wellbeing and the Act-Belong-Commit message.
- Host a community/workplace walk for Mental Health Week or ask a local person to facilitate a Cultural Walk through local bushland and trails.
- Listen to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander musicians or watch a movie about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history.
- Organise Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander dancers to perform at your event.
- As a group, visit local Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander sites of significance or interest.
- Organise a smoking ceremony (must consult on this with Elders).
- Set up an area in your workplace, school or community centre that encourages people to explore the culture and sense of belonging to Country.
Other event ideas:
- Host a morning or afternoon tea for
youclub, family or workplace. You can ask for a gold coin donation for Act-Belong-Commit or another mental health charity of your choice.
- More specifically, you can host a ‘crafternoon tea’ and ask people to paint, draw or scrapbook how they Act-Belong-Commit.
- Host a community/workplace walk for Mental Health Week, ask a local person to facilitate a Cultural Walk.
- Hold a ‘Free Dress Day’ and encourage people to wear the Act-Belong-Commit colours of purple, green and blue.
- Have a mentally healthy Olympics day, with different obstacles and courses for participants.
- Celebrate ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ day using the Act-Belong-Commit kindness cards (email us to get some).
- Host a guided meditation session.
- Invite a local yoga teacher in to take a
lunch time practise.
- Invite people to bring a photo from their childhood in and share a memory with others.
- Create a Mental Health board and people can bring in photos of how they Act-Belong-Commit or write it on paper and pin it up.
- Screen a movie on an appropriate topic, followed by snacks and a discussion e.g. Inside Out, Silver Linings Playbook, As Good As it Gets or a Beautiful Mind
- Hire some of our resources from us and set up an interactive display within your club or
- Have an outdoor picnic, where everybody brings in food from a different culture.
- Quiz Night (or day)! Include questions about Mental Health Week and Act-Belong-Commit, ask us for specific ideas.
- Host a competition, ask staff to name three ways they stay mentally healthy, use some Act-Belong-Commit merchandise as a prize. If you work with children, host a colouring-in competition using our templates.
- If you’re an arts organisation or group, get creative and express Act-Belong-Commit through your chosen art form, such as dance, poetry, music, photography and so on.
- Host a free open day, use the Act-Belong-Commit mental health message as an incentive for people to join.
- Get social! Organise for a group of friends or staff to attend a Mental Health Week event, see the list here
- Host an Act-Belong-Commit bake-off where people try new recipes and get members or colleagues to judge a winner.