Fitness Australia is proud to support Australia’s largest mental health and fitness initiative, The Push-Up Challenge from 1 – 25 June 2021 to raise critical funds for Lifeline Australia.

Since its inception in 2017, The Push-Up Challenge has fundraised more than $7.52 million for mental health and suicide prevention while also raising awareness of mental health in the community.

Participants in this year’s event will take on 3,318 push-ups over the 25 days to put the spotlight on the tragic number of lives lost to suicide in Australia in 2019, whilst raising vital funds for one of three beneficiary partners, including Lifeline.

Fitness Australia CEO Barrie Elvish said The Push-Up Challenge was a fantastic initiative that raised funds and awareness of mental health but also promoted the positive benefits of exercise on mental health.

Mr Elvish said:

“As someone who has had my own personal experiences with mental health, initiatives such as The Push-Up Challenge are a great way to spread awareness and help raise funds for mental health services and suicide prevention, while also getting people involved and engaged with the benefits of physical activity and exercise.”

“We are encouraging all our members to get involved with this year’s event, as an individual or as a club to complete the 3,318 push-ups next month. As Australia’s peak industry association, it’s important we throw our support around physical activity initiatives that promote and support the long-term health and wellbeing of our community.”

Lifeline CEO Colin Seery said Fitness Australia’s support showed how important it was to work together to save lives.

Mr Seery said:

“Lifeline Australia is delighted to have Fitness Australia’s support of The Push-Up Challenge this year. The fitness industry can play a vital role in encouraging Australians to connect through exercise and learn more about the importance of maintaining mental wellbeing.”

“We welcome the participation of gyms, fitness organisations and professionals to get behind The Push-Up Challenge by participating in this year’s event to help prevent suicide. It’s through working together that we can best save lives.”

To find our more or to support Lifeline in The Push-Up Challenge 2021, click here. For crisis or suicide prevention support, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit

 To donate to Lifeline, visit the website or call 1800 800 768.