History of #22KILL and video: (from https://www.22kill.com/)Honor Courage Commitment, Inc. started the #22KILL movement in 2013 after learning about the staggering statistic that an average of 22 veterans are killed by suicide every day. HCC has committed to researching and understanding the genesis of this epidemic, and educating the general public on the issue. #22KILL is a platform to raise awareness not just towards veteran suicide, but also to the issues that can lead them to suicide. These mental health issues can stem from Post Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injury, or the struggles and stresses of transitioning from military to civilian life.
Steps to participate in the 22 push-ups challenge:
- Record yourself each day doing 22 push-ups, try your best to reach 22 if that means doing assisted push-ups or that you have to stop and take a break that is fine but try to get them all done in one video.
- Nominate a different person every day try to choose people you think will want to do this and or have the ability to do it.
- Include the following in your social media post, "Today is day 1 of 22. Today I nominate [INSERT NAME], you start your day 1 tomorrow. Each of the push-ups represents the number of US veterans we lose to suicide each day- but tragically this isn't just a US veteran issue, it affects veterans everywhere, including Australia and New Zealand. The rules are simple: *Once you are nominated your 22 days starts the following day*"
- Finally, have fun with this. This is a simple and fun way to get the word out about a matter that more people need to be aware of. These brave men and women put their lives on the line to protect our freedom only to get out and feel lost. It's not okay that so many good veterans feel that suicide is the only way out.