Push-up bid for mental health

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Carl Heslop and Natalie Jarvis, watched by Headspace manager Andrew Wenzel, are taking part in the push-up challenge.
Camera IconCarl Heslop and Natalie Jarvis, watched by Headspace manager Andrew Wenzel, are taking part in the push-up challenge. Credit: Laurie Benson

Headspace Albany has found a quirky way to keep Great Southern sporting participants active and their competitive instincts alive while in isolation.

They have joined a nationwide push-up challenge to raise awareness around mental health.

The Albany centre has reached out to different sporting codes and clubs in the Great Southern and challenged them to join in the gruelling workout.

The push-up challenge will be run between May 11-31 with participants to complete 3046 push-ups, representing the number of Australians who died from suicide in 2018.

Carl Heslop and Natalie Jarvis are taking part in the Headspace push-up challenge.
Camera IconCarl Heslop and Natalie Jarvis are taking part in the Headspace push-up challenge. Credit: Laurie Benson

Headspace Albany manager Andrew Wenzel said he was hoping sporting clubs would jump on board.

“We are trying to draw attention to mental health,” Wenzel said. “We are reaching out to all different clubs to get involved.

“All winter sport has stopped so we thought this could be a way of keeping people engaged and feeling connected and it’s a way to get individuals to stay involved.

“It’s a bit of cross-code opposition and a way to keep fit and improve your mental health during tough times.

“The more people we can get doing push-ups in this challenge the better.”

Registration is free for all participants and groups and there is an option to donate funds to Headspace Albany.

Visit www.thepushupchallenge. com.au or contact carl.heslop@ headspacealbany.com.au.

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