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The 22 push-up challenge is making its rounds on social media

Posted at 8:25 AM, Aug 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-17 11:25:33-04
Have you been challenged yet?
The 22 push-up challenge is making its rounds on social media right now, and even celebrities are getting in on it.
The purpose?
Raise awareness about the 22 veteran suicides that happen every day in the U.S. and to let vets know there are resources to help.
Celebrities are doing it, and so are average folks like you and me. 
Forget "drop and give me 20," this is the 22-push up challenge.
And those who specialize in mental health with the VA Hospital say it's exactly they type of viral video they like to see!
"We follow it on twitter... it's really great.. we're always really excited, that's what makes a difference." 
Dr. Nazanin Bahraini is the Education Director at the Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center in Denver.
She says educating all of us  helps the VA reach veterans who need help faster.
"We know community awareness will help vets engage in care and when they engage in care their rates of suicide go down." 
Just this month, the VA released a report on the nation's largest analysis of veteran suicide, reviewing 55-million records, over a 35 year period, from every state. 
It found 18% of suicides in U.S. were veterans with 65% 50 years or older.
The risk of suicide among veterans  is 21% greater for veterans. 
But they are 30% more likely to take their own life if they're not using VA services.
"Clinically we have dedicated suicide prevention teams. How can we improve better health and treatment engagement in general" 
Doctor's say help is available around the clock. 
And anything that spreads the word could ultimately be saving a life.