Darci Miller (WA)
The evidence-based Act-Belong-Commit campaign shows that progress in mental health outcomes can be made by promoting behaviours that build and maintain good mental health. This mental health promotion campaign aims to educate people about what they can do to decrease the likelihood of developing mental health problems. If school students are active, have a good sense of belonging and have meaning and purpose in their life, they are more likely to have higher self-esteem, confidence and resilience. Approaching mental health in a positive and preventative way encourages proactive behaviours and allows young people to talk about mental health and wellbeing in a less negative light, helping to reduce mental health stigma. Through the Mentally Healthy Schools Program and the Youth Connectors Initiate, we have been able to educate young people about the importance of being proactive about their own mental health, just as they are for their physical health. The workshop will help school staff to discuss mental health in a positive way with their students and colleagues and how to highlight the importance of prevention measures in the school setting that are extremely beneficial in the long-term.”

About Darci
Darci Miller graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2015, with a Bachelor of Preventive Health with a specialist in Marketing. In 2016, Darci received an Australia Health Promotion Association (WA Branch) graduate scholarship to work at Mentally Healthy WA on a program called ‘Youth Connectors’, since then Darci has been employed at Mentally Healthy WA coordinating the Youth Connectors initiative. This program involves using a peer-education approach to teach young people about the Act-Belong-Commit principles for good mental health, and up-skilling them to be able to assist and encourage peers to engage in mentally healthy activities.
In 2017 Darci was name the Western Australia National Youth Week Ambassador and was Shadow Minster for Health, Mental Health and Disability Services, member for South Perth in the Western Australia YMCA Youth Parliament.