Registrations have now closed for the February squat challenge. In total, over 5,000 people joined our Facebook community.
01 February 2023
28 February 2023
What's the challenge?
We’re asking you to raise your leg game and complete 50 squats each day in February. That combines to a whopping 1400 squats if you manage to achieve your goal. Take part and raise money in the fight for better mental health.
You can do your squats in one go, or spread them out through the day – it’s your challenge. Just be sure to let people know how your challenge is going!
How do I sign up?
The registration for this event has now ended. Over 5,000 amazing Mind supporters took part in February 2023.
Keep any eye out for other fundraising events for Mind on our events page.
Why do a squat challenge?
Did you know squats have loads of health benefits? Be it strengthening your lower body to lessen the chance of injury, improving overall flexibility, or simply making you feel accomplished - squats are great!
You don't need any additional equipment so you can do them pretty much anywhere. If you do fancy a challenge, then you can always look to add weights or more advanced squats.
Why fundraise for Mind?
We know times are tough right now. The cost of living has already taken a huge toll on our mental health.
We think that of the 5 million people who will face poverty as a result of the cost of living crisis, around 1 million will experience a mental health problem.
That’s why we need your support now, more than ever.
Whatever you can raise through your challenge will go towards supporting those people who need us.
50 Squats in February FAQs
To get started simply join our Facebook group. Once in the group you’ll be able to request your free t-shirt by completing a quick form to register and create your personal fundraising page. This will be pinned to the top of the group. Whilst in the group, you’ll receive loads of tips, support, and inspiration from other challenge participants.
You can set up a Facebook fundraiser in under 2 minutes after joining our Facebook group. The instructions are pinned to the group for ease. Once your fundraiser is set up, you’ll be able to share it with your friends and family on social media. Fundraising can be difficult right now, but by sharing your page on social media and updating people on your progress you’re more likely to get donations.
Your fundraising will help us be there for anyone who needs it, when they need it, by providing support and access to the right information. Find out more about the services Mind provides.
No, there’s no minimum fundraising amount. The default amount on each fundraiser is set at £150 but you can edit this amount. All that we ask is that you raise as much as you can. Every penny you raise will go towards providing lifesaving information and support to anyone experiencing a mental health problem. As a thank you for supporting Mind we’re sending everyone who signs up a free Mind t-shirt.
If someone wants to donate to your 50 Squats a day in February fundraiser but would prefer to donate offline, the best thing is to collect their donation offline and pay it into your personal account. You can then donate it directly to your Facebook fundraising page yourself.
If you have fundraised through your Facebook fundraising page then there is nothing you need to do. All donations will automatically come directly to Mind. If you have offline fundraising to pay in, we suggest paying this into your own account and then onto your Facebook fundraising page yourself. However, if you would prefer to send us your offline fundraising a different way, please email [email protected] and we’ll be happy to help with this.
When you set up your 50 Squats a day in February Facebook fundraising page you will be sent a free Mind t-shirt and a daily activity tracker. Please allow up to 14 days to receive these after you have set up your fundraiser. If you haven't received these after 14 days, then please let us know on the Facebook group or email us at [email protected]. Thank you for your patience.
We want to make sure everyone feels as involved in 50 Squats in February this year and as many people take part as possible. For that reason, we’ve decided to offer a free t-shirt to anyone who creates a fundraising page for their challenge. There is an option to not receive one if you don’t want or need one when registering.
No worries! You will have the option to select ‘I don’t want a t-shirt’ when registering. Please note that batches of t-shirts are sent out twice weekly so it may not be possible to cancel your order if you change your mind at a later point, however if you drop us an email at [email protected] we will try and cancel your t-shirt if it hasn’t been posted already.
We will send you a paper squat tracker with your free Mind t-shirt. You can use this to log the number of squats you do and see the number add up throughout the month!
The 50 Squats in February Facebook group opens on 1 January 2023. The challenge starts on 1 February and runs until 28 February.
You can take part in the 50 Squats a day in February challenge at any age. However, you must be over 18 to set up a Facebook fundraising page. If you’re under 18 then please drop up an email at [email protected] with permission from a parent or guardian.
There's no registration fee to sign up for the 50 Squats a day in February challenge.
Of course! This challenge is for everyone, and if you can’t manage 50 Squats every day, that’s fine. Please take the time you need to rest. If you want to make up the amount of squats on other days that’s fine as well. Remember, raising money and awareness for mental health while improving your own mental and physical wellbeing is the most important thing.
Yes. Whether you want to inspire your family to create new and healthy habits or encourage some friendly competition amongst your friends, you’re welcome to take part as a team. There isn’t an option to create a team Facebook fundraising page, so one member of the group will need to take the lead and create one page that you can all share.
50 Squats a day in February is a fundraising challenge created by national Mind, with all fundraising and registrations completed through this site supporting the work national Mind does.
The Mind network is a federated structure with each Mind being an independent charity and responsible for their own fundraising. We at national Mind are a separate charity from the local Mind organisations, and while we have similar aims and values, we play slightly different roles. We provide the nationwide information services, Infoline, and campaign nationally for support and respect for everyone experiencing a mental health problem. This structure allows the local Minds to work on front line services specifically for the communities that they work with.
If you’d like to take part for a local Mind, please get in touch with them directly.
Because 50 Squats in February is a fundraising challenge, we would ask that you please try and fundraise if taking part in the challenge. However, we recognise that times are tough for some of us right now and not everyone will be in the position to donate as much or as often. We'll be at hand to provide support and tips throughout the challenge. Every penny you raise is hugely appreciated and will go towards providing life changing support for those living with a mental health problem.
There's no need for you to prove to us that you've completed your 50 Squats in February challenge. But we would love to hear your updates and how you are getting on! You can share your progress on the 50 Squats in February Facebook group, including when you’ve finished. If you'd like, you can use your 50 Squats in February tracker to record your daily squats, and then take a photo to share on the Facebook group once you've completed your challenge.
Any other questions?
If you want to get in touch, please email the team at [email protected] and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
Where does the money go?
people in the UK will experience a mental health problem in any given year
queries answered by our helplines in 2022-2023
times someone accessed our mental health information in 2022 - 2023