Ryan Steele

The Medicine Ball Challenge

One in four adults experience mental illness, and many more of us know and care for people who do. Talking openly about we feel can help.

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

Evening walk on the last day.

Pizza night

Day 4 & 5

working from some days the ball has been by myside, but doing them normal chores around the home still creates the challenge such as hoovering, and emptying the dishwasher.

Day 3

Detachment night and whilst doing my duties I had that represented burden.


Carrying the ball around whilst doing a little shopping this really bought it to the front of my mind and especially at this time of the year people will have extra worries and stress for Christmas whilst also maybe having other genuine mental health issues to cope with.

Day 2

This seen me out and about doing general stuff such as going to the barbers, this tought me that everywhere we go mental health can follow.

Day 1

The first of my challenge included carrying the ball around my home, it truly does weigh you down and represent that burden.

Thank you to my Sponsors


Paul Clarke

Keep her lit Steeleo, GALORE!



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