Over two in five Australians aged 16-85 years (43.7% or 8.6 million people) have experienced a mental disorder at some time in their life, 21.4% of people have had a mental illness that has lasted 12 months. This number is increasing in the younger generation with 39.6% of Australians between the ages of 15-24 having a 12-month mental illness. This is truly unacceptable, and something has to be done about this yet only 1 in 10 young Aussies seek help.  

The Mental Wheels Foundation has made it its mission to understand how to improve mental health through positive actions and research; The Foundation supports the community through the promotion of accessible clinical programs and Mental Wheel of Life Workshops. Partnering MQ Health in research projects and treatment through MindSpot (a free mental online health clinic). 

To raise much needed funds, The Mental Wheels Foundation has launched the ‘Sit-Up Challenge’. To take part in the Challenge participants will be doing 66 sit-ups every day for 21 days, this not only helps to improve the participants mental health through physical exercise but will also raise money and awareness. The challenge will take place from September 1, 2023.

To rally people to take action, the challenge aims to break a world record! The most people doing sit-ups simultaneously, the current world record set on 17th of November 2016 sits at 2,005 people simultaneously doing sit-ups. The Mental Wheels Foundation plans to beat this – but we need your support in order to do so. 

There will also be an in-person challenge held in Sydney, Brisbane and Port Macquarie on Saturday September 2.

For either option, please register here https://the-situp-challenge.raisely.com/

If you ever do find yourself suffering from mental illness and feel it is affecting, you in a negative way please reach out for support from someone you trust and if you don’t feel like there is someone you can trust, seek support through one of these helplines:  

  • Lifeline: 13 11 14   
  • Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636  
  • Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800 

This press release has been issued on behalf of Mental Wheels Foundation and MKG Events Pty Ltd. in collaboration with the AFT International Sports & Fitness Festival 2023 by Go International Group Dotcom Pty Ltd.

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