Virgin Australia pulls mental health into focus
Published: 16 May, 2019
We're pulling together with Virgin Australia in their Brisbane Airport Hangar this Sunday, where 12 teams from across Virgin Australia will compete against the clock to pull a 41-tonne Boeing 737 aircraft across the finish line in the fastest time.
This feat of fitness and teamwork will support our Exercise Your Mood campaign, which promotes the positive impact that exercise has on mental health. Each of the teams have raised much-needed funds for ongoing mental health research.
Our research shows that one in five Australians will experience a mental illness every year. Exercise has been shown to help protect against depression, but many Australians aren't getting the activity they need. According to the Australian Health Survey, 20 percent of Australian adults do not undertake any regular physical activity, and more than a third spend less than 1.5 hours per week being physically active.
The good news is, just one hour of exercise a week can help prevent up to 12 per cent of depression cases. This hour can have the same benefit whether the exercise is done in one session, or spread out across the week.
Hundreds will gather at the Plane Pull event, including seven-time Supercar Championship driver, Jamie Whincup, as well as Emily Bates and Emma Zielke from the Brisbane Lions AFL Women’s League team. The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services will also be there to lend a hand.
Our Chairman, Peter Joseph, said that Virgin Australia’s contribution was invaluable in being able to provide a platform for the Exercise Your Mood campaign:
“It goes without saying that the Virgin Australia team are a passionate group of people who are willing to dedicate their time to supporting our mission, which is to ensure that we can turn our research into evidence-based mental health resources to help the one in five Australians who experience mental illness.”
Virgin Australia Group CEO and Managing Director, Paul Scurrah, will compete in his first ever Plane Pull and said the airline was proud to get behind causes that support mental wellbeing:
“We are focused on using our role within the community as a force for good. The Plane Pull event is a great opportunity for team members to flex their muscles and raise funds to support the work of the Black Dog Institute, who have supported the Virgin Australia community for many years."
Virgin Australia are working to promote positive mental health through their Better Me platform — an initiative that provides team members with information and resources to encourage a healthy and active approach to work and life.
All money raised at the plane pull will support the Black Dog Institute’s world-class research, which will help more people access mental health services, including through our depression and exercise physiology clinic.
Want to support a team in the Virgin plane pull? Donate here
For more information on how your organisation can pull together for mental health, contact Janice Ellis at firstname.lastname@example.org
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