State of Mind 40/120 Challenge for Mental Health Awareness week

Rugby league fans and followers have been taking part in State of Mind’s 40/120 Challenge to mark Mental Health Awareness week.

The point of the 40/120 challenge is to highlight the numbers of people every year who take their own life around the world.

In 2020 there were approximately 800,000 people around the world who took their own life and this means that one person every 40 seconds took their own life.

State of Mind’s roots are based in rugby league and during any game of rugby league there will be 120 people around the world who take their own life.

That is why the 40 (one person taking their own life every 40 seconds) 120 (number of people taking their own life during every 80-minute game) challenge is being attempted.

Former rugby league referee Ian Smith (cycling) and ex-player Jimmy Gittins (handcycling) completed their 120 miles in 40 hours challenge over the weekend.

Danny Sculthorpe and Phil Veivers will be walking 120km in 40 hours in the grounds of North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust in Warrington from 6am Sunday until 6pm Monday.

Many people have been doing their own versions testing themselves, raising awareness about suicide prevention and raising money for State of Mind Sport charity.

There are a number of ways you can attempt this challenge to suit your own limits to raise money for State of Mind Sport

  1. 40 hours walking /running / cycling 120 miles
  2. Walk up 40 steps of the stairs in 120 minutes
  3. Complete 40 repetitions of an exercise on 120 seconds
  4. 40 hours walking /running / cycling 120 kilometres (75 miles)
  5. 40 days to walk 120 miles / km (3 miles / 5km or 3km per day)
  6. 40 miles walking / running / cycling in 120 hours (5 days)

You can mix and match as many variations of 40/120 to suit your own needs and we aim to use Mental Health Awareness week 10th-16th May as the focus but you can start whenever you like.

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Love Rugby League editor. Founded the website back in 2005. Worked with a range of clubs and sponsors during that time. Also commentates for BBC.

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