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06-05-2020 Category: General Posted by: emily.roberts

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This May, our headspace centres are calling on the community, local businesses, gyms and clubs to join thousands of Australians across the country and sign up to The Push-Up Challenge to push for better mental health.

Participants across the country will connect virtually to challenge themselves physically, learn about mental health and help raise awareness of the 3,046 individuals in Australia whose lives were lost to suicide in 2018.

headspace Orange Community Engagement Coordinator, Sharna Lord, said the challenge is a great mental health initiative to connect people together during COVID-19.

This May, headspace Orange is calling on the community, local businesses, gyms and clubs to join thousands of Australians across the country and sign up to The Push-Up Challenge to push for better mental health.

Participants across the country will connect virtually to challenge themselves physically, learn about mental health and help raise awareness of the 3,046 individuals in Australia whose lives were lost to suicide in 2018.

headspace Orange Community Engagement Coordinator, Sharna Lord, said the challenge is a great mental health initiative to connect people together during COVID-19.

“The connection between our physical health and mental health is well researched so we know how important it is to look after both. This challenge comes at a great time, when we’re all looking for new approaches to connect socially in fun and healthy ways,” Ms Lord said.

Each day as part of the challenge, participants get down and push-up, with the number of push-ups each day changing to reflect a vital mental health statistic. In 2019, almost 50,000 participants got involved in The Push-Up Challenge, ranging in age from 11 to 64 years old and raising almost $2.5m for youth mental health services delivered through headspace.Together, participants completed a total of 55 million push-ups – that’s two for every Australian.

“Young people have been hit hard by COVID-19 with massive interruptions to their education and substantial job loss and economic troubles. We encourage the community to band together and support local youth.

“We encourage people who sign up to think local if they’re donating and join us in raising money for young people in our community. We’re hoping to use any funds raised to create more engaging programs for young people while we navigate this stressful period,” Ms Lord said.

The Push-Up Challenge runs over 21 days, from Monday 11 May to Sunday 31 May 2020, and you can register as an individual, a team, or get your workplace, club or gym involved as a community at pushupchallenge.com.au.

headspace Orange is supported by funding from Western NSW Primary Health Network through the Australian Government’s PHN Program.

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