Pilbara Capacity Building
In 2014 and in partnership with Chevron Australia, Mentally Healthy WA developed the Pilbara Capacity Building Program.
The Pilbara Capacity Building Program included the development of a remote and regionally appropriate Act-Belong-Commit framework to build social and emotional wellbeing in select regional communities in Western Australia - focusing on the towns of Karratha and Onslow.
The Pilbara Capacity Building Program aimed to:
- Build the capacity of communities in regional and remotes area of WA by supporting and strengthening individual resilience,
- Reduce stigma surrounding mental illness,
- Support people to take part in activities that are good for their mental health by supporting free community events or providing free activities, and
- Encourage local
organisationsto work together.
“Mentally Healthy WA provide an opportunity for mums, dads
- Rebecca Dawes, Onslow Play Group
Following extensive community consultation, action plans for each town were developed to:
- Improve communication and collaboration between local service providers,
- Improve the promotion of existing events and activities,
- Identify barriers to participation, and
- Develop solutions to increase participation.
The Pilbara Capacity Building Program has created integral programs, invaluable community linkages and delivered improvements on the coordination of local events and agencies. Some of the highlights from the program included:
Feel Good Feb
The annual Feel Good Feb initiative, which encourages and inspires people to initiate random acts of kindness for their fellow community members throughout the month of February;
The popular PhotoVoice Project challenges people to capture photos in line with the Act-Belong-Commit mentally healthy message, as well as what it means to live in the Pilbara.
Previous Winner of PhotoVoice Competition
“The PhotoVoice competition provided me with an opportunity to further develop my own photography skills whilst meeting likeminded people; however, I found that by introducing my son to the PhotoVoice competition and workshops, I was able to watch his confidence and interest in photography grow. The only problem I have now is that I think he is taking better photos than me!”
- Anthony Veder, 2017
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To find out more about the Act-Belong-Commit Pilbara Capacity Building Program, contact Mentally Healthy WA.