“It's important for my mental health to walk the dog, go for a run, ring a friend, or do some crochet.”
Participation can benefit us in many ways - whether we are part of a specific group, helping others achieve something, or just active spectators.
Depending on your interests and your schedule, there are many different ways to get involved. For instance, attending local events, joining hobby or interest groups, or doing group physical exercise.
It can be challenging to participate in community activities or society sometimes. However, allowing yourself new experiences can take your mind off the pressures you might be dealing with, and can even enrich your life. Getting involved in community activities can help you feel good. It can also help you build trusting relationships - so you feel safer, more accepted, and more closely connected with other people with similar interests.
Many people enjoy getting involved in a purposeful activity because it is a way to improve their social life and sense of belonging. This even extends to the workplace or place of education. Getting involved can help you feel more connected and develop a sense of purpose, and it also opens up new possibilities.
Take a look at our pages on purposeful activity, hobbies, and volunteering for more ideas and information on getting involved.
A closer look
There is a strong link between mental health and social inclusion
7% of Australia's population are isolated or very isolated
It may benefit you to remain involved in your working or studying commitments
Organised sports programs create a positive social environment
It's definitely worth getting involved in online forums to find support. I've participated in a few, and they're great.
Being involved in a peer support group is terrific for my daughter. It's true that helping other people helps you feel better. She's got really involved in that, and has started doing a course in counselling now too.
I'm heavily involved in my local Indigenous community here in Gippsland. It's a strong community of Kurnai people. A community gives you structure and it helps you feel better by helping others too.