“I need to be around people, even though it's not easy at times. You get out of your own head that way.” – Joel
Being part of a community can have a positive effect on mental health and emotional wellbeing. Community involvement provides a sense of belonging and social connectedness, and can offer extra meaning and purpose to everyday life.
Communities can exist or be created from a shared location, hobbies, or lived experiences and backgrounds, or simply a common cause. For many people, communicating and sharing with others - through online forums, social media, or in person - helps you to experience a healthier mindset, improved self-worth, and greater enjoyment of life.
Around one-third of Australian adults have no involvement in social and community groups. Having people to talk to and depend on, and making new connections through hobbies or a social group can help reduce the risk of mental ill-health.
There are many examples of activities you can do to increase your social belonging, depending on how involved you want to be. Learning a language or martial art, volunteering, or joining a dancing group are just a few options. You can even find out what meetups are taking place in your local centers as an effective first step. We have a few resources to help you get started. We also have pages on social connectedness, hobbies, and more.