Therapy Pro Employees Take on the Push-Up Challenge
Therapy Pro employees are coming together this June to take on The Push for Better Foundation’s Push-Up Challenge. The challenge shines a light on and raises money for mental health and suicide prevention in Australia.
What is the Push-Up Challenge?
The Push-Up Challenge is completing 3,144 push-ups over June 1-23.
Sadly, this is the number of Australians who lost their lives to suicide in 2021.
Since its humble beginnings in 2017, The Push-Up Challenge has seen over 300,000 participants push for better mental health and has raised over $26 million for mental health services and suicide prevention in Australia.
This year, Therapy Pro teams are joining the cause to reduce the stigma around mental health, promote conversation and raise funds for suicide prevention in Australia. Our chosen beneficiary of the funds raised is Lifeline.
For 60 years, Lifeline has been connecting with Australians in need through crisis support and suicide prevention services. Donations through The Push-Up Challenge will ensure Lifeline’s critical support services are accessible to anyone who needs them – anytime, anywhere.
To promote inclusivity and cohesion, our therapists and staff across the country are coming together to reach the target of 3,144. Enough Therapy Pro team members are coming together this year to aggregate the push-up target of 3,144 six times over!
Therapy Pro’s fundraising target is $2000. To donate, and to follow our teams’ progress, head to our team page: Therapy Pro | Push-Up Challenge.
Why We’re Pushing for Better
We’re joining the Push for Better Foundation’s efforts as the foundation’s focus on the prevention and early intervention of depression, anxiety and suicide deeply resonates with Therapy Pro.
Being an NDIS registered provider of mental health services, our teams see the positive impact supportive services have on people. We also recognise the higher rates of death by suicide in those who use disability services compared to the general population and the importance of accessible services like Lifeline.
The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data show that around 8-9 lives are lost daily to suicide. Almost one quarter of deaths in those ages 15-44 are due to suicide, the leading cause of death for this age group. In 2021, 402 young people aged 15-24 died by suicide, with males being three times as likely to die by suicide than females.
The suicide rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is twice that of their non-Indigenous counterparts. Similarly, people in rural populations are twice as likely to take their life by suicide than those in metropolitan areas.
Lifeline offers reduced barriers to entry for rural communities and promotes inclusivity, delivering culturally competent and appropriate services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Lifeline exists to ensure that no person in Australia has to face their darkest moments alone.
Every 30 seconds, a person in Australia reaches out to Lifeline for help.
Knowing how mental health services impact communities, families and individuals, Therapy Pro is proud to participate in the Push-Up Challenge. We hope to help reduce the stigma of conversations around mental health and to increase awareness of mental health services.
All money raised by Therapy Pro will be donated to Lifeline. If you can do so, help us exceed our fundraising target by donating here.