Young People

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

Mental health affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.

Good mental health is a state of wellbeing where you feel connected to others, are involved in your community and can cope with stress when faced with challenges and change in life.

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

 

Do Something

Stay physically, socially, spiritually and mentally active:

  • Go for a walk or a run
  • Check out a live band with friends
  • Spend time with your family
  • Meditate
  • Get artsy! Draw, paint or colour.

Do Something With Someone

Belonging to a group, club or team has great benefits for your mental health:

  • Join a netball, soccer or footy team
  • Start a band or a book club
  • Host an online community focussed around something you love
  • Enrol in a class with a friend
  • Form a study group.

Do Something Meaningful

Committing means putting in a little more effort into the things you do:

  • Volunteer for a good cause
  • Try something new like Improv or Circus Training!
  • Mentor someone younger than you
  • Set yourself a challenge
  • Host a fundraiser.

Resources

The Act-Belong-Commit Youth Connectors Program 

The Act-Belong-Commit Youth Connectors Program engages young people (‘Connectors’) between the ages of 16 and 25 in the Act-Belong-Commit principles for good mental health, upskilling them to be able to assist and encourage peers to engage in mentally healthy activities.

Young people interested in becoming a Youth Connector are invited to attend a fun, interactive two-hour workshop in their local town, where they meet like-minded individuals and participate in educational and interactive activities.

To find out more about the Youth Connectors program, contact Darci Miller on darci.miller@curtin.edu.au.

Useful Contacts

  • ReachOut

  • YAppEE - a free app-based service supporting young people to maintain stable employment and income through real-time mental health support