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Push Up Challenge to prevent suicide

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Lifeline Bundaberg’s Service Leader Jennifer Leader said this year the Push Up Challenge was to complete 3,249 push ups or alternative exercise in 24 days, from 5-28 June.

Community members still have time to do their part to help raise awareness about mental health and suicide prevention by joining Lifeline Bundaberg in The Push Up Challenge 2024.

Lifeline Bundaberg’s Service Leader Jennifer Leader said this year the challenge was to complete 3,249 push ups or alternative exercise in 24 days, from 5 to 28 June.

“The Push Up Challenge creates opportunities for our local schools, gyms and businesses to engage in conversations which help break down the barriers and silence surrounding suicide and mental health,” Jennifer said.

“Sadly during 2022 there were 3,249 lives lost to suicide in Australia, as reported by ABS statistics.

“To remember those lives lost to suicide we aim to complete 3,249 push ups or alternative exercise from June 5-28 while we push towards better mental health and fundraising to support Lifeline's mission of an Australia free of suicide.”

Jennifer said the initiative was Australia’s largest fitness and mental health challenge, promoting physical and mental health in the local community.

“It costs nothing to join The Push Up Challenge and the benefits to our community, our staff, our businesses, our clients and our teams can be far reaching.

“Last year there were 215,000 TPUC participants across Australia, raising $14.5 Million for mental health services, which also included funds raised for Lifeline Bundaberg.” 

She said Lifeline Bundaberg had been part of Lifeline Australia for over 43 years.

“Our service is maintained through the dedication of volunteer crisis supporters and fundraising efforts in Bundaberg and across Australia,” she said.

“Lifeline answers around a million calls for support every year. While calls into 13 11 14 are free for anyone seeking support, it costs Lifeline $39/call to fund our 24/7 crisis support service.”

For anyone seeking support phone Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit Lifeline.org.au for Holding on to Hope podcast – Lifeline Australia, self-help toolkits and other resources, including the Lifeline chat service. Lifeline Text 0477 13 11 14 is also available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

To find out more about the Push-Up Challenge – Lifeline Bundaberg Community click here.

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