Whilst there’s been a long associated link between physical fitness and better mental health, the 24-hour gym chain’s effort to gather $140,000 for Beyond Blue had a very tangible flow-on effect.
“The donation from Plus Fitness will fund 2,958 calls to the Beyond Blue Support Service, which is funded entirely by donations,” Susan said.
“This generous contribution will change, and potentially save, the lives of people who rely on us when they are at their most vulnerable. On their behalf, Beyond Blue thanks you.”
Plus Fitness is now looking at ways to further its support of Beyond Blue following the success of the Lift Yourself Up campaign.
It was a national initiative that saw more than 150 of its Australian-based franchisees join to run a campaign that highlighted the benefits of exercise in addressing mental health issues.
Each participating franchisee donated $25 for each new member who joined their gyms in August.
In commending all of the Plus Fitness franchisees and staff involved in the fundraising initiative, Plus Fitness Franchisor Nigel Miller said: “As a network, we have always seen a level of generosity and support from within our franchise network that makes us proud on a daily basis. Plus Fitness has been about ‘community’ from the very first day we opened back in 1996. To have retained these core principles as we have continued to grow means a lot to us.
Regular exercise is of great benefit to those who experience anxiety and depression and there is a strong synergy with the services we provide and the good work that the team at Beyond Blue does on a daily basis.
We are confident that what our franchisees have achieved here will make a real difference and help create more awareness of the importance of supporting those around us that are affected by anxiety, depression or suicide.”
Mental health professionals are available at the Beyond Blue Support Service via phone 24/7 on 1300 22 4636 or via www.beyondblue.org.au/getsupport for online chat (3pm – 12midnight or email responses (within 24 hours).
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