Move aside the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, there is a new challenge sweeping social media. The #22PushUpChallenge is being done by celebrities and Olympian athletes.
The challenge is just filming yourself completing 22 push ups and nominating someone else for the challenge. The main difference between this challenge and the ALS challenge is that you don’t need to donate, the purpose is to just bring awareness.
Some of the celebrities who have completed the challenge are Kevin Hart, Chris Pratt, Ana Faris, John Krasinski, Chris Evans, Kevin Bacon, Ludacris and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The Rock nominates U.S. Olympic gold medalist swimmers Simone MAnuel and Ryan Murphy.
The purpose of of the challenge is to bring awareness to veteran suicide. The non-profit organization who created the challenge is called 22Kill. According to research, 22 veterans commit suicide everyday. Veterans are 21% more likely to commit suicide than civilians.
Jacob Schick is the executive director of 22Kill. “Push-ups were chosen for their iconic status: everyone in the military does them, no matter what the branch. It is not a very challenging task and you an do them in whatever style you prefer.”
The main purpose of this challenge isn’t to raise money but to just bring awareness. To show love and awareness to the issues and to veterans will help them get the help they might need.
“A common problem remains a common problem until it becomes common knowledge. The people who know about it, the more apt there are to be positive, effective changes,” said Schick.
With Chris Pratt’s and Ana Faris’ video, they posted the following caption, “Please know there are people out there thinking about you, praying for you and who appreciate your sacrifice.”
If more people are more aware of veteran suicide, they will be more aware when they need help. Invisible injuries are just as serious as physical one. Veterans and loved ones can call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1.800.273.8255. Acknowledging the need for help is the first step to getting help.