Push-Up Challenge to aid mental health

HEADSPACE Bankstown is encouraging locals to push for better mental health this June by taking part in Australia’s largest mental health and fitness event – The Push-Up Challenge.

Participants will take on 3,249 push-ups across 24 days in June, putting the spotlight on the tragic number of lives lost to suicide in Australia in 2022, averaging nine deaths a day.
Headspace Bankstown spokesperson Marwa Kechtban says The Push-Up Challenge is a great opportunity for us to talk about mental health, learn how to best support each other and recognise when you might need to put up your own hand for help.
“We know The Push-Up Challenge is going to be a lot of fun and we’re looking forward to connecting with our local community throughout June,” she said.
“Headspace is proud to be trusted by young people and their families in Bankstown, and the funds raised through The Push-Up Challenge will help us continue to support local mental health and wellbeing.”
From June 5 to 28, participants of all ages and abilities will do push-ups and if completing 3,249 push-ups feels out of reach, participants can set their own push-up goal – which can also be done as sit-ups, squats or tailored exercises, with progress tracked through a dedicated app.
Headspace Bankstown is encouraging people of all ages, local businesses, gyms, clubs and schools to join Team headspace Bankstown.
To register for free as an individual or
Young people aged 12 to 25, needing support, can contact headspace Bankstown for help via phone or online counselling seven days a week, 9am–1am. For help, call 1800 650 890.
Lifeline (13 11 14) and Kids Helpline (1800 55 1800) are also available to talk 24/7.