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Get down and push-up for mental health with Lifeline Canberra

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This June, Lifeline Canberra is encouraging ACT locals to push for better mental health by participating in Australia’s largest fitness-based mental health initiative, The Push-Up Challenge.

Lifeline Canberra’s CEO Carrie Leeson is leading the way for us here in Canberra, already gathering 163 legends who have signed up to support the cause.

Free to register, participants will take on 3,318 push-ups from 1- 25th June putting the spotlight on the tragic number of lives lost to suicide in Australia in 2019, whilst raising vital funds for critical mental health support services.

Each day, participants get down and push-up while learning about mental health, with the number of push-ups changing day to day, some days completing 80 and others 220 to reflect a vital mental health statistic.

“We’re really excited to bring the community together in this unique way to learn about mental health, encourage connection, promote fitness and make a difference through fundraising,” says Lifeline Canberra’s CEO Carrie Leeson.

The challenge is open to all ages and all abilities, participants can aim for 25%, 50% 75% or 100% of the daily push-up target and other exercise alternatives are welcome including sit-ups, squats or tailored exercise.

Participants can sign up solo or create a team with their friends, family, co-workers or teammates and push-up together, each aiming for as many of the 3,318 push-ups as they feel comfortable with.

Progress is tracked via an app, all while learning more about mental health.

“The Push-Up Challenge is all about getting involved in physical and mental health in a fun and unique way and we’d love to have as many people in the Canberra community involved. It’s our aim here at Lifeline Canberra to get to 500 registrations, we even have a team in South Africa participating,” says Carrie.

Lifeline ACT CEO Carrie Leeson.

Through the event, participants can fundraise directly for Lifeline Canberra by selecting them as a beneficiary from the drop-down menu when you sign up.

Funds raised through The Push-Up Challenge will ensure Lifeline’s critical crisis support and suicide prevention service are accessible to anyone who needs them—anytime, anywhere and in the way those who need support feel most comfortable approaching.

Lifeline Canberra is encouraging people of all ages, local businesses, gyms, clubs and schools in the area to join in.

“Every push-up counts,” says Carrie. ”Every push-up remembers a life lost to suicide. It’s a real challenge but so is preventing suicide.”

Join The Push-Up Challenge for Team Lifeline Canberra, and don’t forget to tag them in all of your social media.

Register now at

If you, or someone you know, is in need of support, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 (24 hours / 7 days).  


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