Mark Harvey

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

Over halfway

The ball has been part of me now since Wednesday last week. Its not becoming easier or harder, its just there. Sometimes I forget about it and move and there is a sudden sharp jolt that reminds me it's there. This ball and chain physically is as good a representation you will ever get of mental health issues. 
Thanks for the continued support! Please keep sharing and donating. 


Target reached!

I've reached my fundraising target! Thank you all so much for donating and sharing this event! It means alot to me and is for a very important cause which is very close to me. 

Taking the ball and chain out with my youngest daughter and dog for some walking and tree climbing 👌 

Latest update.

E-mail received today to say I'm next for the medball. Will let you all know when I've picked it up.

For now I'm reminding you this is happening and thank you for the support.

Let's smash this 💪

Thank you to my Sponsors


Bv Comms Ltd

Well done Mark and for a great cause 👏 👍 👌 the whole of the BV Comms team are behind you on this 💪


Andy Almond


Lyn Hughes

Well done Harv!


Sean Holland

Hoping your doing well broseph.


Spencer Morgan

Jarhead ur fooookin bonkers well done airborne


Calum Stenson


Shaunagh Bell


Jennifer Swan


Jackie Matthewman


Robin Sadler



Dan Mac