This month, headspace Bundaberg are encouraging all locals to push for better mental health by completing 3,318 push-ups in 25 days.
The 3,318 push-ups from 1- 25th June puts the spotlight on the tragic number of lives lost to suicide in Australia in 2019, whilst raising vital funds for critical mental health support services.
One in four young Australians will experience a mental health issue, and 75% of these mental health disorders develop before the age of 25.
By challenging locals to take part in The Push-Up Challenge, headspace Bundaberg aims to shine a light on mental health and start a conversation about the role we can all play when it comes to suicide prevention.
Last year, over 98,000 young Australians accessed a headspace centre for help and over 18,000 had experienced suicidal thoughts or behaviour.
This reinforces the crucial role of services such as headspace as an entry point for young people and their families.
Founder of the Push-Up Challenge Nick Hudson said the challenge was all about getting involved in physical and mental health in a fun and unique way.
“Each day, participants get down and push-up while learning about mental health, with the number of push-ups changing day to day to reflect a vital mental health statistic,” he said.
The event is for all ages and all abilities, meaning participants can aim for 25%, 50%, 75% or 100% of the daily push- up target and you can mix it up with some sit-ups, squats or tailored exercises to suit their abilities and its free to register.
Through the event, participants can fundraise to support Australia’s leading mental health organisations, headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation or Lifeline, or for the charity which runs the event, The Push For Better Foundation.
headspace Bundaberg is encouraging people of all ages, local businesses, gyms, clubs and schools in the area to join them and fundraise for so that ongoing support and activities can be held for young people.
headspace Bundaberg’s Community and Youth Engagement Officer Cristel Simmonds said the Push Up Challenge was a great initiative for everyone to get involved with.
“The Push Up Challenge is a really wonderful way to start the conversations that we all need to be having,” she said.
“Each day of the challenge we learn about mental health and each day that we share that on social media, or talk to our friends and family, means we are all talking about what matters most, which is our wellbeing and mental health.
“To know that 3,318 people took their lives by suicide is devastating, we need to start to change that number now.”
It is not too late to register for The Push-Up Challenge as an individual, a team, or get your whole workplace, club, gym or school involved https://www.thepushupchallenge.com.au/team/973-hulkspace-bundaberg If you’re really not keen to exercise, then you can encourage the headspace Bundaberg team by donating.