22 Press Ups for 22 Days

22KILL started the #22pushupchallenge to raise awareness of the 22 American ex-military personnel who commit suicide every day (as a result of post-traumatic stress disorder, brain trauma and the complications of returning to civilian life).

Here in the UK, some of us are raising money for Combat Stress: the leading charity dedicated to handling our own horrifying ex-military suicide epidemic. Here is my small contribution towards spreading awareness and, hopefully, raising a little money.

Of course, suicide is the leading killer of all British men between 29 and 40, not just those involved with the armed forces. There are loads of wonderful mental health charities who could use extra funding, like Mind and SANE.

Do a little research and you’ll be staggered at what your donations can go towards helping.

Finally: this video was lovingly set to music by Andrew WK, who is a juggernaut of positiveness and support for depression. Alas, his old record label then immediately blocked the video on all non-monetised platforms (like phones) so I wound up with this strange free background music instead.


In case you’re interested, here is some of the evidence that each of these clips is from a full 22 press ups. (Yes, I realise that this particular piece of evidence is actually only 18 press ups – that’s just part of the overall mystique).

About the Author
Ed Gamester is a silly man who lives in the United Kingdom. He is the harbinger of Ghost Squad, singer of Gay Bum and author of A Rum Run Awry. He fights, kills and dies for TV and films, and gallivants around the place wrestling, drinking and lifting things for glory and profit. Where Ed treads, there stamp the boots of the Guild. Ed does not wear glasses, but feels this photograph makes him look more intelligent and artistically talented than he is. Feel free to contact him: he is disappointingly affable.

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