Push-up for mental health

Headspace Albany manager Andrew Wenzel with a football jersey that was purchased with funds raised from last years Push-Up Challenge (Deanna Corrieri)

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Headspace Albany is encouraging locals to push for mental health awareness by completing 3,318 push-ups in the month of June, while also raising vital funds for mental health support services.

The Push Up Challenge involves participants completing a set amount of push-ups each day based off mental health statistics. 

The aim of the challenge, which will run until June 25, is to teach young people the relevance behind the statistics.

“A different total each day that is assigned to a particular statistic of relevance for example the number of young men who died through suicide last year,” Headspace Albany manager Andrew Wenzel said.

“Last year we saw an incredible amount of support which has resulted in the 2020 funds raised going directly into programs to support young men.”

The grand total of push-ups- 3,318- represents the number of lives lost to suicide in 2019.

By encouraging locals to take part in The Push-Up Challenge, Headspace Albany aims to shine a light on mental health and start a conversation about the role people can play when it comes to suicide prevention.

Founder of The Push-Up Challenge Nick Hudson said the Challenge is about getting involved in physical and mental health in a 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.

Mr Wenzel said it is never too late to sign up to take part, with the Challenge so far raising $4,751,594 for 2021.

Through the event, participants can fundraise for two of 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. 

You can register for The Push-Up Challenge as an individual, a team, or get your whole workplace, club, gym or school involved at www.thepushupchallenge.com.au/

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