Helping to raise money for people with trauma

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More than 500 people have thrown their weight behind a mass press up challenge following a call to arms backed by mental health experts.

The 22 Push Up Challenge has swept its way across social media in recent weeks and involves participants uploading a video of themselves completing 22 press ups over 22 days.

The challenge was launched by an army veteran in Michigan, USA, to get people talking about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It was prompted by the reported statistic that 22 US veterans commit suicide every day.

Mental health experts in Lanarkshire lent their support as Scottish participants of the viral Facebook and Twitter campaign embarked on a live mass outdoor event in Strathclyde Park last Saturday (August 20th).

Special guest and SAS veteran Colin MacLachlan was joined by staff from North and South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnerships.

One of the organisers, army veterans Cammy MacLeod, said: “We engaged 500 people in health, fitness and well being and achieved a greater knowledge and understanding of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Mental Health.

“We boosted awareness of points of contact where people could go and seek help and raised over £1,500, to be divided by charities.”

And fellow organiser Terry Lowe added: “We would like to thank our supporters, sponsors and the staff who turned out to offer information. A bleak dreary morning turned into a bright sunny day and thanks to the efforts of all involved, the event has underlined why there is hope for the future.”

If you or someone you know needs support, please speak to your GP or contact the following agencies who will be glad to help. Breathing Space 0800 83 85 87 (free to call 6pm -2am and weekends), www.breathingspacescotland.co.uk; Samaritans 116 123 (24hr service) www.samaritans.org; Childline 0800 1111 (free 24hr service) www.childline.org.uk.