Investing the funds raised in mental health

Thanks to the sweaty efforts of our pushuperers and the generosity of our donors, together we're making a positive impact on mental health and suicide early intervention and prevention. Fundraising is an optional part of The Push-Up Challenge, but a great opportunity to make a difference to mental health across Australia and in our local communities. 

In 2024, we're proud to support our beneficiaries; The Push for Better Foundation, Lifeline and headspace.

The Push for Better Foundation

The Push for Better Foundation brings people together to push for better mental health and proudly runs The Push-Up Challenge event.

We believe education is one of the most important tools for breaking down the stigma and fostering open conversations about mental health.

Funds raised for The Push for Better Foundation are used to:

  • Raise awareness, engage and educate people in mental health through running the event;
  • Ensure the Foundation can continue to operate and run The Push-Up Challenge in future years;
  • Equip Student Ambassadors across Australia with the tools and resources needed to encourage their schools and local community to get fit and learn about mental health by joining in The Push-Up Challenge; and
  • Fund and develop new initiatives to address existing gaps in mental health promotion and service provision.

New initiatives may include local 'grass roots' mental health initiatives, mental health research programs, ‘entry level' programs to get people exercising and other community-based initiatives relating to wellbeing, connection and mental health promotion.


Every 30 seconds, a person in Australia reaches out to Lifeline for help. For 60 years, Lifeline has been connecting with Australians in need through crisis support and suicide prevention services.

Lifeline exists to ensure that no person in Australia has to face their darkest moments alone.

Lifeline is available 24 hours a day to listen, without judgement, to any person in Australia who is feeling overwhelmed, experiencing crisis or longs to be heard.

Lifeline provides opportunities for connection via digital and face-to-face suicide prevention crisis support services with a network of 43 centres, 10,000 volunteers including 4,500 Crisis Supporters and 1,000 employees.

Your donation through The Push-Up Challenge will ensure Lifeline’s critical support services are accessible to anyone who needs them – anytime, anywhere.


2 in 5 young people in Australia experience a mental health issue each year, and sadly, suicide is still the leading cause of death in people aged between 12-25.

headspace is Australia’s National Youth Mental Health Foundation, providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds.

Each year, headspace helps thousands of young people access vital support through our headspace centres in communities across Australia, our online and phone counselling services, our vocational services, and our presence in schools.

headspace helps young people with mental health, physical health (including sexual health), alcohol and other drug services, and work and study support.  For locations of headspace services, as well as factsheets and resources for young people and their families and friends, please visit the headspace website

Join headspace for this year’s The Push-Up Challenge, and help us raise funds to deliver vital mental health and wellbeing support to young people and their families across Australia. Your support will help us achieve our vision – that all young Australians are mentally healthy and engaged in their community.