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Pushing for Purpose: Veteran and Military Suicide Awareness Month


The Bernalillo County Department of Behavioral Health Services is launching the #22PushupChallenge. The challenge requires you to complete 22 push-ups and upload the video to raise awareness for veteran and military suicide awareness. The challenge was started by a veteran empowerment group, aimed at building community support for veterans and raising awareness for mental health challenges they face.

The Department of Veteran Affairs reports 22 veterans die by suicide every day, which is where the now-memorialized number originated. The service of these men and women doesn’t end when they take off the uniform, and neither does the battle within.

Join the department in honoring these military members throughout the month of November. Tag the Behavioral Health Initiative (@BerncoBHI) when you upload your video.

More information is available online at

Watch Behavioral Health Services and the Bernalillo County Fire Department take on the 22 push-up challenge.

Bernalillo County firefighters participate in the 22 push-up challenge.

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