Headspace Bunbury raises $9,502 as part of The Push-Up Challenge in June

Donnybrook resident Mat Ingham completed over 3000 push ups to help raise money for Headspace, Bunbury for the challenge in June. Photo by Pip Waller.
Donnybrook resident Mat Ingham completed over 3000 push ups to help raise money for Headspace, Bunbury for the challenge in June. Photo by Pip Waller.

HEADSPACE Bunbury has raised $9,502 to go towards mental health services in the region.

The money raised was part of Headspaces' The Push-Up Challenge, which saw over 170,000 Australians, including some South West locals, each complete 3,318 push-ups over 25 days in June.

Now in its fifth year, the nationwide mental health event aims to bring people together to get fit, learn about mental health and help raise critical funds for mental health services in Australia.

Headspace Bunbury's Coordinator of Program Support Madison Harper said Headspace had an incredible response of people joining the challenge.

"With people joining the challenge, it raised both awareness and funds for an important issue," Ms Harper said.

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Each day of the challenge, participants completed their push-ups whilst learning about mental health, with the number of push-ups changing day-to-day to reflect a vital mental health statistic.

Founder of The Push-Up Challenge Nick Hudson, who has had his own personal experiences with depression, said the 2021 event exceeded all of his expectations.

"Five years ago I would never have dreamt that a push-up related rivalry with some mates would turn into a nation-wide movement for mental health. While mental health can be hard to talk about, it's something that everyone is likely to encounter at least once in their lifetime," Mr Hudson said.

"Watching so many passionate and dedicated Aussies get around The Push-Up Challenge and have more conversations about such an important topic has been incredible."

"The more we normalise conversations about mental health and suicide, the more we can break down the stigma associated with mental ill-health and encourage those who need it to seek help early."

To learn more about The Push-Up Challenge and to make a donation, visit www.thepushupchallenge.com.au.