WATCH: Rica Peralejo takes on jumping rope challenge to help spread awareness on suicide

Actress and vlogger Rica Peralejo hopes she can be instrumental in helping curb suicide cases by taking the jumping rope challenge.

Peralejo believes suicide is a mental health issue that needs to be addressed, as can be seen in her Instagram page yesterday, Aug. 2, where she shared a short video of her doing the challenge.

“Our main objective is to spread the awareness on SUICIDE because it snatches one life every 40 seconds,” she said. “SUICIDE o ang pagpapakamatay ay sakit. Ito ay mas laganap kaysa inaakala mo. Marahil meron kang kaibigan or kamag-anak na nakakaisip nito. Hahayaan mo ba yun beshy?”

(Suicide or taking one’s life is a disease. This is more prevalent than what you think. Maybe you have a friend or a relative who has considered this. Would you just let that happen, friend?)

The rules of the challenge are simple: once you are nominated to do it, you can post your jump video the following day.

“You record yourself doing 25 Double Under or Regular Bounce or South Paw Double under,” she explained. “Pwede rin (It can also be) South Paw single/regular bounce even if you trip to get 25. Pwede rin gawin (You can also do) both just don’t forget the fist bump at the end of the video.”

While the routine can be challenging, Peralejo was able to do it. She also reminds everyone to nominate at least two persons after doing the challenge.

Image: screenshot from YouTube/Rica Peralejo-Bonifacio

“Let’s reach as many people as possible, [friends], let’s hope by doing this we can build awareness for anyone who is suffering from mental illness, you are not alone we are here for you,” she said as she tagged some friends.

Peralejo added that having done the exercise, she sees how related it is to how jumping helped her overcome her passive suicidal thoughts. JB

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