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Push-Up Challenge money goes back to ACT youth

29-07-2020 Category: General Posted by: emily.roberts

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Following the success of the Push-Up Challenge which raised over $47,000 for headspace Canberra, the team will be using a portion of the funds to provide a custom mental health workshop to local Year 12 students at Radford College.

Students at the high school raised a substantial amount of money for the centre, prompting the team to give back through their We’ve Got Your Back initiative.

Pip Northam, headspace Canberra Centre Manager, says the initiative will address potential mental health concerns the Year 12 students may be feeling due to the stress of exams and the upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s been a tough year for these students and we really wanted to do something that not only teaches them about mental health, the warning signs and the way to get support – but also gives them the tools to incorporate self-care into their routine,” Ms Northam said.

headspace staff will be presenting guest speaker James Cummins from the Positivity Project, to provide an interactive forum that supports students at Radford College to prioritise their mental wellbeing.

Students will also be taking home packs created by three Occupational Therapy students from the University of Canberra, that have been designed to provide sensory stimulation, promote engagement in self-care activities and increase mental health awareness.

Lauren Sullivan, Occupational Therapy student, says the team worked with their centre’s Youth Reference Group to ensure the initiative addressed local areas of concern.

“We wanted to create something a bit different that will support students through the year. The packs have a range of items like hot/cold packs to relax or awaken the sensory system, with teabags and mints to help promote a moment of mindfulness. They also include webcam covers, sleep masks, vouchers from local businesses, QR code for mood-based music playlists and USBs loaded with headspace resources,” Ms Sullivan said.

The initiative will so far be delivered to Radford College (Wednesday 26 August) and Year 10 students at Melrose High School (Tuesday 4 August).

headspace Canberra is supported by funding from the ACT PHN through the Australian Government’s PHN Program.

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