Medicine Ball Challenge comes to Northern Ireland

October 28, 2021

Shirley Agnew from Out of the Shadows is taking on the Medicine Ball Challenge!

The challenge is occurring throughout the UK, and Shirley is now playing her part as the medicine ball is passed around Northern Ireland.

Those taking part in the challenge are cuffed to a 3kg medicine ball for a week, and the aim is to start the conversation and challenge the stigma around mental health. Shirley told us:

"People who suffer would describe it as a huge weight that they carry with them. The ball is very visual so people stop and ask me what I’m doing, I tell them what it’s about and also say that there is help out there – and once you are able to talk to people and get help, you lighten the load.”

“There are 11 of these medicine balls throughout the UK, and we want to keep this one in Northern Ireland to reach as many people as possible,” Shirley said.

As well as creating awareness, the Medicine Ball Challenge is also raising funds for ABF The Soldiers' Charity and Combat Stress.

You can read more about the challenge here.

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