Daria Westerman

Burpee Bounce Back

My Activity Tracking


My target 1534 Burpees

I'm fundraising to support youth mental health research...

Three in four Australians will experience a mental health challenge by the time they turn 25. Orygen works with young people, their families and friends, to develop new, positive approaches to preventing and treating mental disorders.

It’s been a challenging year for us all, and most of us could probably use some help in bouncing back towards a more positive state of mind.

That’s why this October I'm joining the Burpee Bounce Back Challenge – I'll be helping my own mental health by increasing my physical activity, and helping others by fundraising for mental health research so that young Aussies whose mental health isn’t going great can bounce back too.

The research, training and advocacy Orygen does has helped me improve my work as Occupational Therapist who supports young people. Orygen enrols young people as co-creators of change and elevates the voice of young people in addressing youth mental health challenges. 

Please help me by giving whatever you can. The more people that know about Orygen, the greater their impact, so please also spread the word by sharing my page with your friends and family. Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot!

My Achievements

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My Updates


Monday 12th Oct

I have a chart! Each circle on each day represents a group of 10 burpees. The boys and I will tick each circle as we go and do at least 90 burpees a day. 

Figuring out a strategy for recovery in mental health can be hard but finding small achievable moments can make a difference. Celebrating little victories is important! 

“Mental health is not a destination, but a process. It's about how you drive, not where you're going.” 

Then & Now

Monday 28th Sep
If I could go back to have a chat with my 18yr old self I'm not really sure what I would say. I'm not sure she would have believed me anyway. 

I remember feeling such shame & guilt for being who I was and for needing support. 

I think I'd maybe just tell 18yr old me to keep trying, keep reaching out... At that time I didn't really know how to access support on my own terms (and saying things out loud often felt impossible). 

Now when faced with the younger version of me I know what to say (mostly, still learning!) and there are more ways to access help. But we need to do better. 

A whole of life challenge

Thursday 24th Sep
We will all be affected my mental health challenges & we need to work together to create health systems that integrate mental health care into all aspects of the health system. Working with young people (& my experiences back when I was a young person) has highlighted to me that there is no separating body and mind. Generating quality evidence to support a variety of interventions and approaches to addressing positive youth development is key to improving youth health outcomes. 

When I was a teenager & later as a young adult I remember going to different health services & trying to explain to clinicians how my physical and mental health were interlinked. I pieced together the support that worked for me. But I was in a privileged position. 

I believe all young people should be able to receive support that is strengths-based, holistic and personalised. 

Supporting Orygen's work is a way to be a part of improving youth health systems in Aus.

Thank you to my Sponsors


Nicholas F Bieber

Keep it up! It looks ouchy...


Judith Walker

Daria you are an inspiration to us all and especially to your boys. Such a good cause. And how we all hate hate hate burpees. I will look forward to the video from your lecture!??



210 burpees in one day deserves a medal, but here’s a donation to get you to your goal! Champion effort Daria!




Mary Dionisatos

You’re a legend Daria!





Amazing work Far! What a great cause :)


Patricia Butt

Go Girl! Well done!


Katrina Devery

Go girl ❣️


Megan Redfern

Finally got off my butt and got my credit card out - so glad you're not as lazy as me and are doing all these burpees. Love you and proud of you!



Good luck with the burpees! I'm sure the little gingers will help you get there 🙂


Niken Westerman


Bec Abrahall

Go Daria!


Tamsyn Eastgate

Good on ya- that's a lot of burpees! It's inspiring seeing your passion to help young people to be able to lead healthy lives.


Alan Ward

keep it up


Matthew King


Amelia Westerman

Woo, go Dar!!!


Daria Westerman


Amy Oxbrough

This is amazing!


Pete Irving

Thanks for coming to class Daria - it was wonderful. well done here...keep up the burpees no matter the pain 😜


Isha Bywaters



Katherine Dalton

You are smashing it out!


Phoebe Cooper

Great work! X


Miki Schlumpf

Amazing job Daria! Such a great advocator xx


Alex Buhot

Your awesome Daria!