84,630 push-ups in the name of mental health

Sailors and officers at HMAS Watson, and their friends, completed a staggering 84,630 push-ups in the name of mental health awareness.

CAPTION: Personnel from HMAS Watson participate in Lifeline’s Push-Up Challenge. Story by Midshipman Alice Rogers. Photo by Leading Seaman Matthew Lyall.

The Push-Up Challenge had participants committed to achieving 3144 push-ups each from June 1-23, shining the spotlight on the number of lives lost to suicide in Australia.

The Watson team raised $7582 for Lifeline, an effort Leading Seaman Physical Training Instructor Scott Hogan was proud to be part of.

“What an amazing outcome we had this year raising over $7000 to support mental health,” Leading Seaman Hogan said.

The group embraced the challenge in kindred spirit, demonstrating a commitment to excellence while highlighting the positive impact physical activity can have on one’s mental health.

Commanding Officer Watson Commander Aaron Scott was pleased with how many personnel signed up to support a cause that affects many people within Navy and the wider community.

“The Push-Up Challenge is more than just physical exercise and raising money, it can be the catalyst for meaningful conversations between people to share and discuss challenges they may be facing,” he said.

The challenge has transformed into the largest mental health and fitness fundraiser in Australia over the last six years, with about $26 million raised for mental health services and more than 300,000 people completing more than 600 million push-ups.

The Push-Up Challenge strives to change the stigma associated with mental health and help drive a positive outlook on seeking mental health support.

For more information about the challenge visit thepushupchallenge.com.au.

Support is available for ADF members experiencing mental ill-health through their local health centre, chain of command or Lifeline on 13 11 14.


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