May 31, 2021
This June, headspace Wollongong are encouraging Illawarra locals to push for better mental health by completing 3,318 push-ups in 25 days.
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 Wollongong 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.
The aim is to complete 3,318 push-ups across 25 days in June to get fit, learn about mental health and raise critical funds. 3,318 tragically represents the number of people who lost their lives to suicide in Australia in 2019, a number which has increased since 2018.
“The Push-up Challenge is for everyone. 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. The event is all about getting involved in mental health in a fun and unique way and we’d love to have the local community involved” said Nick Hudson, Founder of The Push-Up Challenge.
The Push-Up Challenge is free to register. 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.
headspace Wollongong is encouraging people of all ages, local businesses, gyms, clubs and schools in the area to join them and fundraise. The funds raised last year enabled a whole variety of local initiatives, including the anti-bullying campaign #standup #choose kindness and the 1st ever Youth Reference group camp, which brought together 33 young people and offered training aimed at improving mental health literacy.
Centre Manager - Lynn Langhorn – said “the push up challenge was created to promote awareness and encourage positive mental health. If you’re feeling a little down, even getting your body moving for just a few minute does help you manage your emotions.
Activities that involving moving your body are awesome for your headspace.
For 25 days in June the push up challenge is a fun and unique way to get together with friends, family and community and to support headspace Wollongong”
You can register for The Push Up Challenge as an individual, a team, or get your whole workplace, club, gym or school involved at https://www.thepushupchallenge.com.au/beneficiary/headspace-WollongongBack to News
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