The 22 Push-Up Challenge

To raise awareness about veteran suicide rates.

Push-Up ScreenshotI usually don’t take up challenges like this one, or even causes like these, but the 22 Push-Up Challenge—to raise awareness about veteran suicide rates—resonates with me on a different level. It’s hard for me to put into words my feelings towards suicide, once I start to think about it it’s hard to think clearly, but it’s something I now actively try to not ignore anymore. If you start to educate yourself on suicide rates in the U.S., and in the world, it’s a troubling path with numbers that astound. And although the numbers given in this challenge aren’t totally factual (22 veterans do not commit suicide daily), the rates for veteran suicide is 50% higher than of those who never enlisted, and that is troubling for many reasons.

I do not want this post, or my inclusion in this challenge, to be seen as politically driven or have an agenda other than to raise awareness for suicide rates in the world, with a focus on a group that has higher rates because of a commitment they either had to make or choose to make. As the challenge states: “we need to take better care of the men and women of the armed forces when they come home, and there is a lot we can do better—this campaign to raise awareness is just one small commitment.”

On a more personal note, I’ve always wanted to participate in suicide awareness causes, I just never had the strength or courage to involve myself until recently. While he was not a veteran, my father committed suicide when I was in high school, and that’s the main reason for why I want to get involved to raise awareness. Depression, loneliness, hardships, etc., lead to horrible solutions, like suicide, and raising awareness of the rates among our community is necessary.

I started on July 22. You can follow my progress on Facebook.

I won’t be posting my videos daily here on my blog, but I will be posting them on Facebook and nominating friends to take part in this challenge. The more awareness, the less chances of others having to go through what I did and having to live with a close one taking such drastic measures in life.

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CHALLENGE DETAILS:

I was invited by my high school friend (Ryan Farishian) to take part in this exercise to raise awareness about high levels of veteran suicide rates. We need to take better care of the men and women of the armed forces when they come home. There is a lot we can do better—this campaign to raise awareness is just one small commitment.

If you accept—you start tomorrow! The rules are simple:

  • Once you are nominated your 22 days starts the following day.
  • Every day you record yourself doing 22 push-ups, try your best to reach 22. If that means doing assisted (from your knees) push-ups or that you have to stop and take a break that’s fine but try to get them all done in one video.
  • Every day you must nominate a different person, try to choose people you think will want to do this and/or have the ability to do it.
  • This is a simple and fun way to get the word out about a matter that more people need to be aware about. These brave men and women put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms only to get out and feel lost. It’s sad that so many good veterans feel that suicide is the only way out. #22pushups22days4ourmilitary

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