Phil Buote

I'm completing 2,000 push-ups in 23 days to raise awareness and funds for the Canadian Mental Health Association. Please support me as I #pushforbetter in February.

All proceeds help the Canadian Mental Health Association to support mental illness recovery and foster positive mental health outcomes in Canada.

I saw this challenge come up on my feed last week and was intrigued by the great cause and the opportunity to improve fitness, but did not take the initiative to sign up.

Then, on February 1, I spoke to a fellow veterinarian who told me about the sad mental health struggles a colleague of ours was having, including a recent non-fatal suicide attempt.

That jarring reality of how a major depressive event can impact someone I knew as a happy, engaged, giving and kind veterinarian so severely caused me to sign up.

This Push Up Challenge has been taking place in Australia for the past 7 years, with over 500,000 participants completing 900 million push-ups and raising over $36 million for mental health.

2024 marks the first time the event will take place Canada, run by the Canadian Mental Health Association.

The veterinary profession has a high prevalence of stress, burnout and suicide.

I chose the Canadian Mental Health Association Alberta - Centre for Suicide Prevention as the recipient of any funds I raise.

Please help support mental health and visit my fundraising page at:

Thank you.

Supporting CMHA Alberta - Centre for Suicide Prevention

Through a presence in more than 330 communities across every province and one territory, CMHA provides advocacy, programs and resources that help to prevent mental health problems and illnesses, support recovery and resilience, and enable all Canadians to flourish and thrive.Présente dans plus de 330 communautés dans toutes les provinces et un territoire, l'ACSM offre des services de défense, des programmes et des ressources qui contribuent à prévenir les problèmes de santé mentale et les maladies mentales, à favoriser le rétablissement et la résilience, et à permettre à tous les Canadiens de s'épanouir et de prospérer.

My Push-Up Progress

Thanks to my sponsors

Merci à mes sponsors