Push-up challenge kicks off

Youth engagement workers Charlie Martin and Lauren Bretthauer from headspace Ocean Grove demonstrate their push up style. (Supplied)

The Push-Up Challenge returns this month, with headspace Ocean Grove encouraging Bellarine locals to participate in Australia’s biggest mental health and fitness event.

The nationwide event will see participants doing 3249 push-ups from June 5 to 28 to put the spotlight on the number of lives lost to suicide in Australia last year and raise money for mental health charities.

Spokesperson Tanya Fitzpatrick said the challenge was a great opportunity for Australians to talk about their mental health, learn how to best support each other and recognise when they might need to ask 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,” Ms Fitzpatrick said.

“headspace is proud to be trusted by young people and their families on the Bellarine, and the funds raised through The Push-Up Challenge will help us continue to support their mental health and wellbeing. We also know that physical activity improves mental health.”

Participants can register as an individual or team and set their own exercise goals if the target of 3249 push-ups feels out of reach.

The Push-Up Challenge founder Nick Hudson said the event was a great way to get fit and learn about mental health while honouring lives lost to suicide.

“It’s likely everyone will experience a mental health issue at some point in their lives, so by getting down, pushing up and learning about mental health, we hope to break down the stigma attached to mental illness so that Australians don’t think twice about reaching out for help,” he said.

Visit thepushupchallenge.com.au to register. Support is available at headspace Ocean Grove, via Lifeline on 13 11 14 and Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.