Push-up challenge at Eden High raises mental health awareness and money for Headspace

Eden Marine High School year 7 students Ava Loader, Jayda Jackson and Colin Lackey, pushing their limits for a good cause. Photo supplied.
Eden Marine High School year 7 students Ava Loader, Jayda Jackson and Colin Lackey, pushing their limits for a good cause. Photo supplied.

Eden Marine High School students have been killing two birds with one stone, getting fit while raising funds for mental health.

The school set the enthusiastic target of completing over 10,000 push-ups between the June 1 - 25, which equates to 19 school days.

Students have been completing push-ups in all classes and randomly at recess and lunchtime.

The main aims are to raise awareness for mental health, as well as raising money for Headspace Eden, to ensure young people can access health workers and other support in a safe, confidential and youth-friendly environment.

The national challenge invited groups and individuals to reach a minimum target of 3,318 push-ups, representing the number of people who died by suicide in Australia in 2019.

Around 13 per cent of Australians between the ages of 16-85 will seriously consider suicide, four per cent of people will make a plan, and just over three per cent will make an attempt.

The initiative fosters a positive community environment where people encourage each other and allows students to learn about mental health.

Eden Marine High School students hard at it, determined to reach their goal by this Friday. Photo supplied.

Eden Marine High School students hard at it, determined to reach their goal by this Friday. Photo supplied.

Participating students at Eden Marine High felt positive about the experience and the contribution they were making.

Ava Loader said, "It has been great, I can do more push-ups now than at the start of the challenge."

Scarlett Holmes said she likes the fact the money is going directly to our community and an organisation that helps youth.

"It is good for my health and I am proud with the amount I have contributed. We have been having a chat about mental health in class too," Scarlett said.

The Push-up Challenge website says even though it can be tough, evidence suggests that asking your friends and loved ones about what is going on for them can identify those at risk and increase the chances the person gets help.

"I like getting fit for a good cause," Joseph Elton said.

As of 11am on Wednesday, June 23, Eden Marine High had raised $315 and logged 9131 push ups, and students are now confident they will achieve their overall goal of 10,000 by Friday.

If anyone would like to donate and support the school, the money will go directly to Headspace Eden.

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