NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – – Albertus Magnus College is inviting the public to participate in a special push-up challenge this weekend to raise awareness for veterans’ mental health and suicide prevention programs.
The #22KILL Push-Up Challenge will take place this Saturday at 1:45 p.m. at the Celantano Field on the Albertus campus during halftime of the women’s soccer match. Members of the community will join the Albertus student Veterans Association in performing 22 push-ups.
The challenge, simply called “#22KILL”, inspires students to record themselves doing 22 pushups, which represents the 22 military veterans who commit suicide each day in the United States; as stated in the 2012 Veteran Affairs report. Not only does the challenge bring attention to suicide among U.S. Veterans, but it also highlights the mental health issues that can cause suicide.
In addition to the “#22KILL” challenge, the “Vet Express” will be on the Albertus campus during the game with a list of services available to veterans.
Fausto Parra, President of the Student Veterans Association, explained why bringing awareness to these causes is so important.
The solution is veteran empowerment. One of the biggest challenges veterans face is finding a sense of purpose after service. “#22KILL” directly supports veteran empowerment programs that help veterans maximize their talents and understand their value outside of the military.”
If you’d like to participate, or if you have questions, you’re welcome to call Victoria Verderame at (203)988-2437 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.