Act-Belong-Commit 2014 Youth Award Winner

by | Oct 10, 2014 | News

Act-Belong-Commit 2014 Youth Award Winner

by | Oct 10, 2014 | News

I am honoured to be the winner of the Act-Belong-Commit 2014 “Youth” Award, which was presented to me by the Hon. Helen Morton, minister for Mental Health.

Act Belong Commit is a not-for-profit health promotion campaign that encourages individuals to live mentally healthy lives and encourages organisations to promote participation in mentally healthy activities.

The A-B-C guidelines for positive mental health encourage individuals to Act (keep mentally, physically, socially, and spiritually active), Belong (join a club, go to community events, be involved), and Commit (take up a cause, help a neighbour, learn something new).

I am absolutely thrilled to win the award! The award will now act as a platform for me to continue my advocacy work and education in the community, and to voice my opinions on with regards to what needs to be done in the Mental Health sector.

The most important thing about being acknowledged by Act-Belong-Commit is being offered the opportunity to show others that individual actions can make a significant difference to other people’s lives. By speaking up about my experience with mental illness I have had countless people thank me and say they now have the courage to seek help. Even just asking a loved one, friend, or acquaintence, ‘Are you OK?‘ makes a difference.

I’m looking forward to keeping up what I’m already doing – speaking to high schools and community groups about Mental Health, and coming up with new ways to engage as many people as possible in the Act-Belong-Commit way of life. I hope you will join me along the way!