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22 Push Up Challenge - Raising funds for Veterans Mental Health Initiatives

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BENEFITING: SOLDIERS PROJECT

Ryan Johns

THE STORY:

A friend recently challenged me to the 22 Push Up Challenge which is a social media awareness campaign designed to draw attention to the statistic that every day approximately 22 veterans in the United States commit suicide. (more on that in a moment). The challenge consists of posting a video of yourself doing 22 push ups for 22 days in a row, each day nominating another person to do the challenge.

I am typically not one to join onto these sorts of things for a myriad number of reasons, but this one felt different, this one touches home due to my own history of struggles with mental health, and because too many veterans I know and care about have struggled with mental illness. As a member of a family with a long and proud history of service to this country I couldn't say no. But then I realized that while raising awareness is good, I wanted to do something more, put some money where my mouth was so to speak, and so I decided to initiate this fundraiser.

Put simply my goal is to raise one dollar for every push up of the challenge. After talking with some friends who work in the mental health field, one organization was named a few times The Soldiers Project. An organization of mental health professionals that works on a voluntary basis to get veterans the mental health care they need, and tailor it so it works for them. Put simply every hour of of mental health services they provide, costs them approximately $10 in overhead, and so these 484 push ups, will cove 50 hours of mental health services. I can't think of anything I'd rather do pushups for.

As to the oft cited statistic of 22 veteran suicides a day, due to the cerebral nature of my personality  I couldn't help but research things, and while the statistic is statistically factual, there is some important context to understand.  Nevertheless this is an important cause and something I would greatly appreciate your assistance and help with. I'd love to donate all $484 myself but I don't have that kind of money laying around. 

I've provided some links below to help contextualize things: 
https://www.thesoldiersproject.org

http://www.va.gov/opa/docs/suicide-data-report-2012-final.pdf

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2015/02/04/the-missing-context-behind-a-widely-cited-statistic-that-there-are-22-veteran-suicides-a-day/

http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/docs/Suicide_Data_Report_Update_January_2014.pdf

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To This Fundraiser

$194

MONEY RAISED
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  • Ryan Johns

    $44

  • Bryan, Melissa, Patrick, and Samantha Foster

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Manu and Gav

    $50

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40% Raised of $484 Goal

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The Team: $194 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Donor Comments

Manu and Gav

Manu and Gav

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Bryan, Melissa, Patrick, and Samantha Foster

Bryan, Melissa, Patrick, and Samantha Foster

DONATION: $25

Awesome! 2 years ago

Ryan Johns

Ryan Johns

DONATION: $44

Putting my money where my mouth is and covering the pushups already completed. 2 years ago