The Moving for Mental Health Challenge is a health-based initiative focused on raising awareness for mental health issues as well as fostering a sense of community and support within our staff, students and wider community.
By coming together we hope to make a meaningful impact and spread awareness about the effects of mental health as well as the positive effects movement can have on these issues.
R U OK? is a public health promotion that contributes to suicide prevention efforts by encouraging people to invest more time in their personal relationships and building the capacity of informal support networks (friends, family and colleagues) to be alert to those around them, have a conversation if they identify signs of distress or difficulty and connect someone to appropriate support long before they're in crisis.
We are raising the challenge to the Team La Trobe Community over 6 weeks from July 31st - September 7th to set a weekly movement challenge (or follow one of our custom training guides below to download) to help raise awareness for mental health conditions as well as promote the benefits of daily movement on our mental and physical health.
You can sign up as individuals and join the Team La Trobe Team or sign up with your community and raise funds as a collective.
We will also running weekly challenges via the La Trobe Sport app as a way to help motivate our community to keep up with their peers and get to the top of our leaderboards.
This is our community's time to shine with a 2.5km and 5km walk or run taking place to raise awareness for the R U OK? Foundation, as well as loads of prizes for our respective championships and individual prizes on the day as well!
Post the event, we will be co-hosting an awards ceremony on each campus with a guest speaker from one of our sporting partnerships to speak on mental health and award our fundraising champions!
Our base-level training guide aimed at providing you with daily suggestions on body weight movements, training support and movement targets over the 6-week challenge.
Looking for a bit of a challenge or maybe just to shake up your programming? Jump onto our Breaking down Barriers program and challenge yourself to see how far you can go!
Whether you've run before or never so much as jogged, this introduction to running program will look to slowly build your training over 6 weeks and build a healthy relationship with movement.
Been running a bit recently or looking to add some spice into your current fitness programming? This program aims to build on your foundation of fitness and help you stride towards your goals.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED?
Get your team together and join the community event hub (Facebook group page) for tips, news and to hear what other teams are doing.
Create your challenge with your team!
- Follow one of your training plans above or create your own.
- Some examples to help you get started: a daily step goal, 30 minute team walk once a week, a quick 3 on 3 team sport, or join a team members existing regular activity
Set up your fundraising page (optional of course)
- Please reach out to the La Trobe Sport team on firstname.lastname@example.org if you need any help with this. We are happy to help!
Promote to your network to donate or also get involved. Remember to use the hashtag #M4MHLTS