22PushUpChallenge Day 12

#22pushupchallenge *Important information for those who care about our emergency services personnel within – Please don’t turn me off! You may tire of seeing these posts but, I hope my vids are a little different and provide some worthwhile information.…

22PushUpChallenge Day 12

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#22pushupchallenge *Important information for those who care about our emergency services personnel within – Please don’t turn me off! You may tire of seeing these posts but, I hope my vids are a little different and provide some worthwhile information.

Kevin McDonald, Director, WA Police Union – you’re next.

I will be providing some practical information and/or reading one of the 14 recommendations from the 2014 WAPU research paper, Project Recompense – detailing how WA Police Union want to see PTSD and related psychological illness acknowledged, prevented and compensated for, for our Members and other emergency service heroes.

Project Recompense – Recommendation 11
That a service similar to Operation Life, and linked to the National Suicide Prevention Strategy, is developed for WA police officers.

On average, 22 military veterans commit suicide every day within the USA. In showing my support for, and solidarity with our brothers and sisters-in-arms from overseas, I will be conducting 22 Push-Ups for 22 Days to help raise community awareness of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety & depression; contributing factors which may sadly lead to suicide.

This is an ever increasing issue here in Australia not only within the military family, but also emergency services workers. The sense of devastation, overwhelming grief and sadness felt by those left behind who are affected by the loss of loved ones through suicide is truly immeasurable.

No-one should lose their life because of a preventable and treatable illness. If this assists just one person to talk to someone, seek help or raise awareness of these issues, then I consider that a win.

Let’s get it out there, get it done to show our support; you are never alone in your struggles.

The rules are simple;
* Once you are nominated, your 22 days starts the following day.
* Every day you record yourself doing 22 push-ups, try your best to reach 22. If that means doing assisted (from your knees) push-ups or that you have to stop and take a break, that’s fine but try to get them all done in one video.
* Every day you must nominate a different person.
* And 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 about. These brave men and women put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms only to get out and feel lost. It’s sad that so many good veterans and emergency services personnel feel that suicide is the only way out.

Let’s reach as many people as possible.

#ItsToughEnough #WAPoliceUnion

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