Push For Better
June
2020

SCHOOLS AND UNIVERSITIES

The Push-Up Challenge is great for schools and universities.

  • No cost and very easy to get involved
  • Fosters a positive community environment where people encourage each other
  • Gives your students (and teachers) something new to be a part of
  • Allows your students to learn about mental health

There are 3 steps to getting your school or university involved:

1

Register as a participant (you will then be the team captain).

2

Create a team (super easy to do once you have registered).

3

Once you are registered, we recommend setting up a Community for your school or university to share. Then, people can have teams that sit within that institution. For instance, you may want to create a Community for your school, then have different teams for different classes or years etc. We recommend that teams don't have more than 20 people in them. To learn more about Communities, check this out check this out.

Some supporting information follows

Getting involved is very easy

No cost and very easy to get involved;

Fosters a positive community environment where people encourage each other;

Gives your people something new to be a part of;

Allows your people to learn about mental health.

The Push-Up Challenge is a unique way to engage people in mental health

Physical health (get fit)
Mental health (learn)
Connecting people (have fun)

Runs over 21 days in June each year

3,046 push-ups in total, representing the number of lives lost in Australia due to mental health issues in 2018

Track your own and your team’s progress online

Get fit

Learn about mental health

Fund raise for mental health (optional)

Mental health tips are interwoven into the event

A different mental health tip is offered to participants every day.

These tips were practical and grounded in science.

The feedback around these tips in 2019 was overwhelmingly positive.

98% of participants said they learnt something about mental health.

The fun and easy to use Sweet Online Tracker encourages engagement and facilitates learning

See daily targets

Enter pushups

See how others are going

Send each other messages

Learn about mental health

Note that no downloads are required for the Sweet Online Tracker. It will be made available in the days leading up to the event. All those who have registered will have access. If a participant doesn’t user a smart phone, hard copy versions will be available to download.

Last year people from various backgrounds were involved from all over Australia were

Leah Benoit (65yo, Hobart) took pride in completing the event as part of her fitness group. “It was a great challenge and I’m proud of my accomplishment”

Christy (35yo, Perth) engaged over 50 of her colleagues to take part on an offshore oil platform 400km NW of Broome. “The comradery this built was amazing. We’re already looking forward to next year”

Daryl, (48yo, Maitland), took part with over 20 people from his gym. “Just awesome. Can’t wait for the 2019 event. We’re now looking for something similar before the next event!”

There are two types of teams

People can form teams where they each aim for the target (most common) or form cumulative teams where they each contribute contribute to the team target.

TYPE 1: Team of participants

TYPE 2: Combined team

Note that one team can not consist of people who are taking part in both TYPE 1 or TYPE 2. However a Community can have multiple teams of different types.

The event is setup so that there are communities, teams and individuals

Some people may just take part as an individual, some in a team and some may take part in a team that is part of a greater community.

An example of a community could be an school with various teams (classes, departments or year groups etc) within it and various members in those teams.

We recommend a team size of no greater than 20 (less than 10 is ideal).

People can form teams where they each aim for the target (most common) or form cumulative teams where they each contribute to the team target.

Community

Team

Individual