Mental health experts in Lanarkshire are throwing their weight behind a global internet exercise phenomenon - that’s set to culminate in an open air record attempt this weekend.
The 22 Push-Up Challenge has swept its way across social media in recent weeks.
It 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 complete suicide every single day.
Now, Scottish participants of the viral Facebook and Twitter campaign are set to put their back into the mass outdoor event.
The push up world record bid will kick off at Strathclyde Country Park on Saturday morning.
Organisers – Scots Army veterans Calum MacLeod and Terry Low – are aiming to break the world record and raise funds for military charities.
And Kevin O’Neill, Public Mental Health & Well-being Development Manager representing Health and Social Care North Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Manager, says the call to arms brings an important issue into sharp focus.
“This event raises vital awareness around the specific challenges faced by our service personnel and veterans.
“The day also provides the ideal opportunity for people, no matter their background or vocation, to think about taking care of their own mental health by finding some space from the stresses of life.
“If we wait for this time, we often find it never comes which is why we have to make our own breathing space – and exercise is the ideal way of doing that.
Kevin added: “Feeling low, stressed and overwhelmed with the challenges of life can be emotions that we all feel.
“We are encouraging people to feel comfortable about talking about our mental health.
“The record attempt will embody that sentiment in spectacular, and hopefully, record breaking fashion.
"We’ll also have staff and information present at the event for people to learn more about mental health and the supports available.”
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the record for the most people performing push ups simultaneously is 1286, achieved by Intel Corporation in Hillsboro, Oregon, on November 11 2015.
The push up world record bid will start at 10am on Saturday August 20 at Strathclyde Country Park. The event is free but participants are asked to make a donation to military charities.
For more information, search for ‘call 2 arms’ on Facebook.
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
To find out about the supports and help available in Lanarkshire visit: www.elament.org.uk or call 0800 073 0918 (North Lanarkshire) or 0330 3000 133 (South Lanarkshire)