Push up for mental health

Staff from National Parks and Wildlife Service’s (NPWS) Southern Flinders District are participating in The Push-Up Challenge this month to raise awareness and funds for mental health.

The push-up challenge runs from May 11 to 31 with the team aiming to complete 3046 push-ups over 21 days, representing the 3046 Australians lost to suicide in 2018.

NPWS Mount Remarkable National Park Ranger Brett Coghlan says that 45 percent of Australians will be affected by a mental health issue at some point in their lives, with suicide the leading cause of death for people aged 18-44 in 2018.

‘Mental health awareness is even more important now during the COVID-19 pandemic,’ Brett said.

‘Anxiety about the virus, social distancing, and isolation can negatively affect people’s mental health leading to higher instances of depression, anxiety, and other mental ill health.’

Funds raised by the team will go to headspace Port Augusta.

To find out more contact Brett or donate