The Head Above Water 24 hour Swim-a-thon was started in an effort to build mentally fit communities on the Northern Beaches. We are just a bunch of mates that have been touched by the negative effects of poor mental health and we were shocked by the rate of suicide on the Northern Beaches. That coupled with the national rate of suicide rising, was the inspiration for Head Above Water to take action. Our inaugural event down at Collaroy Rock Pool on the 14th/15th of March 2019 managed to raise $82,000.00. A huge effort! Watch the video below to see how the first event panned out.

Our name is a reflection of the need to implement exercise as a key strategy that contributes to positive mental health and a sense of well being. It also takes into account that having good mental health is a daily proposition that needs attention. 

It’s a personal journey where at times someone may feel on top of things, while at other

times they may feel like their head is only just above water. Positive mental health is a constant work  in progress. While not without its challenges, we believe in its power to help people lead happier, healthier and fuller lives.

With your valuable support we know we can make a huge difference to mental health awareness, not just on the Northern Beaches, but across Australia


We are a not for profit which means all of the money raised goes into funding educational programmes primarily on the Northern Beaches, in partnership with Gotcha4Life

If you, or someone you know needs help, contact the Mental Health Access Line on 1800 011 511 which is a 24 hour telephone service operating 7 days a week across NSW.  Alternatively, contact Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636 or Lifeline Australia on 13 11 14.


Suicide remains the leading cause of

death for Australian men aged 15 - 44

Our Mission

Build mentally fit communities on the Northern Beaches.


Our Vision

To help reduce the rate of suicide on the Northern Beaches due to poor mental health.

In a 12-month period, 1 in 5 adult males are

expected to suffer some form of depression