Publish date: 13 April 2021


State of Mind's 40/120 challenge aims to highlight the number of people every year who take their own life around the world.

In 2020 there were approximately 800,000 people around the world who took their own life and this means that one person every 40 seconds took their own life. State of Mind’s roots are based in rugby league and union and during any game of rugby there will be 120 people around the world who take their own life.

That is why the 40 (one person taking their own life every 40 seconds) 120 (number of people taking their own life during every 80 minute rugby game) challenge is being attempted.

There are a number of ways you can attempt this challenge to suit your own limits to raise money for State of Mind Sport.

  1. 40 hours walking / running / cycling 120 miles

  2. 40 hours walking / running / cycling 120 kilometres (75 miles)

  3. 40 days to walk 120 miles / km (3 miles / 5km or 3km per day)

  4. 40 miles walking / running / cycling in 120 hours (5 days)

You can mix and match as many variations of 40/120 to suit your own needs and we aim to use Mental Health Awareness week 10-16 May as the focus but you can start whenever you like.

State of Mind will create 50 campaign T-shirts that you can wear during your challenges (image below) and they ask if you can raise between £40 - £120 for State of Mind Sport using the following link:


Whatever you decide to do to join in the challenge let us know what you will be doing to get involved -