You may have noticed a new trend showing up on your social media feeds as people have been recording videos of themselves doing 22 pushups and then challenging their friends to do the same. But the reason behind it isn’t just to build strength or show off; rather, it’s to raise awareness, show compassion, and demonstrate support for members of the military who are suffering from mental health issues.
Similar to the Ice Bucket Challenge, which fostered awareness and fundraising for ALS research, the 22 Pushup Challenge is the latest viral way to use Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for a good cause. The number of pushups comes from a harrowing statistic that 22 veterans commit suicide on average, per day. Which is noted on the website 22kill.com, which describes its mission as “a global movement bridging the gap between veterans and civilians to build a community of support.” The organization works to raise awareness to the suicide epidemic and educate the public on mental health issues including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Over the past couple days, the movement has gained momentum, thanks in part to celebrities who have joined the cause. The above video shows adorable married couple Chris Pratt and Anna Faris, who offer sincere thanks to veterans for their service before doing 22 pushups together and challenging a few of their famous friends to do the same. Faris comically falters and flops to the ground after doing 19, but she gets back up and completes the task while her husband offers words of encouragement.
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#22PushUpChallenge Raising awareness for our 22 US vets who commit suicide daily. If you're a vet and you're going thru it, just know we're thinking about you and you're not alone. Be strong, have faith, keep fighting that good fight and there's always a better day. I challenge my boys @kevinhart4real and @justinjames99 as well as our history making first black OLYMPIC Gold medalist in swimming @swimone13. Thanks to my bud @prattprattpratt for passin' the torch and Hobbs the beast for the bad breath kisses. I'll take em all day 😂💪🏾🇺🇸
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Okay- @thejohnbrotherton nominated @kirastokesfit and me for the #22pushupchallenge , 22 push-ups for 22 days to raise awareness for the 22 US Veterans who will take their own lives today. We salute all servicemen/women 🙏🏼🇺🇸From the East Coast to the West Coast, sporting our most #patriotic kicks and dressed in red, white and blue we did day one together 💪🏽.We nominate the rest of the #fullerhouse #shewolfpack , @andreabarber @jodiesweetin as well as @natashabure and @mikewoodsfox5 – 22 days, 22 push-ups …ready, set, go… #ptsdawareness #ptsd #loveourveterans #strongertogether