Broken Hill residents will be doing push-ups across June to help support the community’s wellbeing.
Individuals and groups will participate in the annual Push-Up Challenge to raise funds and awareness for mental health and suicide prevention causes.
James Morley of NRG (Natural Revolution Group) said staff are keen to participate in the challenge again this year and plan to donate funds to the local Lifeline branch.
“The main idea is for people to get active and raise awareness about mental health,” he said.
“That’s the beauty of it, we can donate locally and it goes back into the community.
“We will assist Lifeline with the great work they are doing in the community.”
NRG have gathered a team of 15 people to do 3139 push-ups each over the 24 days. Now into their fourth year, the group aim to raise over $5000.
“We welcome donations big or small,” Mr Morley said. “If you want to be part of the team, please join in or you can make your own.”
Thousands of Australians from all ages and walks of life participate in the free event which engages people in mental health through connection, physical activity and education.
The Push-Up Challenge founder, Nick Hudson, said the initiative aims to continue to break down the stigma attached to mental health issues and encourage people to reach out for help when needed.
“It’s likely we’ll all experience a mental health issue at some point in our lives,” he said.
“It’s our hope this year’s Challenge will spark conversations about mental health in a fun and engaging way.”
Colin Seery, CEO of Lifeline Australia, said the Push-Up Challenge connects people through exercise while providing ways to a positive difference in other people’s lives.
“More people than ever before are reaching out to Lifeline for help, and the money raised will support our services to be there for anyone, anytime, whatever the reason.,” he said.
We are delighted to partner with The Push-Up Challenge to encourage Australians to talk about their mental health, learn how to best support each other and recognise when they might need to put their own hand up for help.”
Last year, over 174,000 participants completed 240 million push-ups and raised $9 million for mental health.
To register or to donate, visit: www.thepushupchallenge.com.au