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Over 215,000 Aussies join the Push-Up Challenge for better mental health

They're joined by notable personalities like Katrina Gorry, Rob Mills, and many more.

This June, over 215,000 Australians are taking part in The Push-Up Challenge.

They will be committing to complete 3,249 push-ups over 24 days to spotlight mental health issues and raise vital funds.

This initiative honours the 3,249 lives lost to suicide in Australia in 2022. It encourages individuals, workplaces, schools, and clubs nationwide to get fit, learn about mental health, and support crucial charities.

Nick Hudson, founder of The Push-Up Challenge, expresses his admiration for the participants’ dedication and enthusiasm.

“It’s heartwarming to see such a groundswell of support this year. The Push-Up Challenge is all about bringing mental health to the forefront of our conversations and raising awareness. By pushing to break down the stigma attached to mental ill-health, we’re letting people who are struggling know that they can reach out and receive the support they need without judgement.”

Participants are encouraged to explore alternative exercises such as sit-ups, squats, steps, or burpees if they find push-ups not suitable. Supporters can also contribute by donating to Lifeline, headspace, or the Push for Better Foundation.

Throughout the event, participants will learn about mental health, with the number of daily push-ups reflecting important mental health statistics. This approach aims to foster a deeper understanding of mental health issues and promote conversations around them.

Matildas midfielder Katrina Gorry is one of the high-profile participants this year. Known for her prowess on the field, Katrina is equally passionate about mental health. Her involvement in The Push-Up Challenge highlights the importance of athletes advocating for mental wellness and supporting community initiatives.

The 2024 challenge sees participation from notable personalities, including celebrity chefs Luke Hines and Shane Delia, NITV host Matty Mills, Bachelorette star Jarrod Woodgate, Home and Away star Lukas Radovich, musical theatre personality Rob Mills, and Matildas‘ Emily Gielnik and Katrina Gorry.

Also joining the ranks are triathlete and disability advocate James Parr, Paralympian Robyn Lambird, and original Hi-5 member Charli Robinson. They will be sharing their stories of resilience and encouraging others to support mental health initiatives.

Founded in Perth in 2017 by Nick Hudson, The Push-Up Challenge has grown to become Australia’s largest mental health and fitness event. Now in its eighth year and debuting in Canada, the challenge offers a fun way for participants to connect, stay active, and learn about mental health.

The event is free to join and runs from 5-28 June 2024. To learn more about The Push-Up Challenge and support this year’s participants, visit The Push-Up Challenge.

If you or someone you know needs help, you can contact Lifeline Australia on 13 11 14

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