Gemma Randle

The Medicine Ball Challenge

Even in 2021, there is still a significant stigma attached to mental health problems, including stress, anxiety, PTSD and Depression. I am taking on the Medicine Ball challenge to help break these stigmas and get people talking about their mental health. It's ok to speak up and say i'm not ok.

The challenge involves cuffing a 3kg Medicine Ball to my wrist for 7 days. It may not sound that heavy but being tied to the medicine ball continuously for 7 days is a significant burden. The ball becomes a physical, visual and tangible representation of the invisible burden of mental health so many of us can experience.

The challenge raises money for the following charities. Any support you can offer will be gratefully received and split evenly between the causes.

ABF The Soldiers' Charity

Combat Stress

My Updates

Gemma's Medicine Ball Challenge

We all go through life and at some stage we all need help. 

I was no exception- from the age of 12 I was raised in foster care, the first time I attempted suicide I was 11years old. My anxiety and depression was at an all time low and in total honesty I wasn't aware it could get any worse. Little did I know that at the age of 17 I'd start a relationship with a guy who was violent and controlling. 

At the age of 21 I was diagnosed with severe borderline personality disorder, PTSD, panic disorder, and still suffered from anxiety and depression. 

Now at the age of 26 I no longer suffer with mental health, i learnt its OK to ask for help. 

I'm not going to say it's an easy journey getting the correct treatment, however it is a journey worth riding. 

Males in general find it more difficult to talk then females due to the male persona that they have to be strong. Being strong means asking for help and realising that it is OK not to be OK. 

Mental illness has overcome so many challenges in the past years, it still has a long way to go, however slowly but surely if we all stand together to raise awareness we can get it to where it needs to be.

Thank you to my Sponsors

£104

Chris

Raising money for a great cause! Good luck xx

£26

Amaar Farooq

Wag1

£25

Tom And Sian

I am so proud of you, my love always, Sian xxx

£20

Graham Halman

£15.60

Hayley Evans

So proud of you and all your achievements. Keep reaching for the stars love you loads x hayley

£15

John Ambrose

Well done Gemma! Great work

£10.40

Chris Leavesley

Good luck!

£10.40

Lucy Binns

£10

Sally Saele

You are one very brave and courageous young lady. I hope you eventually become able to fulfil your dreams. Good luck with this challenge, I know you can do it. Xx❤️💜

£10

Callum Scott

£10

Diane Allen

Well done