By Melissa Sheil
DROPPING and doing a few push-ups was a small price to pay for youth mental health awareness says the ‘High Wycombe Pharma’s’ Headspace Push-Up Challenge team.
Over the span of 25 days, the staff at High Wycombe Pharmacy completed 8219 push-ups to raise money for Headspace with their final total reaching more than $500.
The team originally set a target of 3318, with each push-up representing a person who died by suicide in Australia in 2019.
“Thank you to the community for all of your donations throughout the last 25 days to raise this money for youth mental health and suicide prevention,” pharmacist Neil Cullen said.
“We were dropping and doing 10 push ups on the spot for gold coin donations – it was a good laugh and the customers loved it.
“Suicide and mental health can be difficult to talk about, we want to let people know that we always have a pharmacist on duty with Mental Health First Aid training so we can help support you or your loved ones when you need it.”
Push-Up Challenge organisers said the activity is used to represent the benefit of exercise on mental health as well as raising money.
“There is growing scientific evidence suggesting that aerobic exercise can be utilised to prevent and treat depression,” a Push-Up Challenge spokesperson said.
“One recent analysis of this evidence suggested that three 45-minute exercise sessions per week was enough to provide anti-depressant benefits to mental health.”
Total funds raised by all those competing in the Push-Up Challenge 2021 topped $8.8 million, with every cent going to Headspace.