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Lifeline and headspace in partnership with The Push-Up Challenge to improve mental health for Aussies

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Australia’s largest mental health and fitness event, The Push-Up Challenge, announced it’s partnership with two of Australia’s most reputable mental health and crisis support organisations, Lifeline and headspace, for its 2024 event.  

Both Lifeline and headspace have been beneficiary partners of The Push-Up Challenge in previous years. The renewed partnership emphasises The Push-Up Challenge’s commitment to improving mental health outcomes for all Australians.  

“We are proud to build on our relationship with leading Australian mental health and suicide prevention organisations Lifeline and headspace for our 2024 Australian event,” said The Push-Up Challenge founder and CEO Nick Hudson.   

“The Push-Up Challenge is a unique way to engage people from all ages and walks of life, regardless of how much they already know about mental health.” 

According to Hudson, combining this with Lifeline’s 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention services, and headspace’s early intervention services for young people, they’ll be able to engage Australians in a holistic conversation about mental health and reduce the stigma associated with seeking help for mental health issues. 

The Push-Up Challenge will see thousands of Australians of all ages and abilities learn daily mental health facts while they complete 3,249 push-ups over 23 days in June, putting a spotlight on the number of lives lost to suicide in Australia in 2022.   

“Lifeline is proud to be partnering with The Push-Up Challenge for the fourth year in a row,” said Colin Seery, Lifeline Australia Chief Executive.  

According to Seery, since 2021, funds raised through The Push-Up Challenge have played a vital role in the delivery of face-to-face and digital suicide prevention and crisis support services – at a time when Lifeline has never been needed more. 

“We know that through connection we can find hope. The Push-Up Challenge is an incredible way of bringing communities together, reducing stigma and encouraging people to seek help.”  

Jason Trethowan, Chief Executive, headspace highlighted that they were proud to partner again with The Push-Up Challenge and Lifeline, working together to ensure young people across Australia know help is always available in tough times.   

Staying active is an important part of a healthy headspace, and The Push-Up Challenge is the perfect opportunity to get moving, connect with community and help get more people the support they need.   

With suicide the leading cause of death for young people in Australia, there’s never been a more important time to support the work of headspace, Lifeline and Push-Up Challenge.”   

The Push-Up Challenge has grown rapidly since its inception in 2017. To date over 500,000 Australian participants have completed 900 million push-ups and raised over $40 million for mental health.  

The event has also developed a registered charity, Push for Better Foundation, which funds mental health education initiatives. In 2024 The Push-Up Challenge entered its first international market – Canada. The event, which began on 1 February in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association, has raised over AU $1.9M to date.

For more on emotional wellbeing, check out Third Sector’s 7th National Social and Emotional Wellbeing Forum

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Menchie Khairuddin is a writer Deputy Content Manager at Akolade and content producer for Third Sector News. She is passionate about social affairs specifically in mixed, multicultural heritage and not-for-profit organisations.


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