TWO Bournemouth women have created the #KickUpChallenge to raise awareness about young people’s mental health and to raise money for the charity YoungMinds.

People taking part in the challenge film themselves trying to do 10 kick ups, share their videos on social media and nominate three friends to do the same.

The challenge is designed to raise awareness and to encourage as many people as possible to donate to mental health charity YoungMinds.

It has been launched by Paula Henley and Emma Burke with the help of former football manager and King of the Jungle Harry Redknapp and professional footballer Tyrone Mings.

Paula said: "Even though we hope the #KickUpChallenge will be fun to do, it’s got a serious message behind it too – one that we want to spread as far as possible.

“I lost my step-son to suicide and I don’t want anyone else to go through that. I know how hard it is to talk about what you’re going through, but how terribly important it is. I want every young person to know that it’s ok to reach out and talk to someone. That’s what this challenge is really about for me.”

Emma added: "It’s been brilliant to work with Harry and Tyrone, who have both been so helpful and enthusiastic. We just hope that many more people will see it and want to take part, donate to YoungMinds and tag their friends too."

One in eight children and young people in the UK have a diagnosable mental health problem, and many more go through times where they struggle to cope.

YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity fighting for young people’s mental health, and ensuring that young people are empowered and supported through life, whatever challenges they face.

Tom Madders, campaigns director at YoungMinds, said: "What Paula and Emma are doing is incredible and so important. We’re so grateful to have their support and we hope this challenge will raise awareness and funds to help us continue our work.

"Any young person who is struggling with their mental health deserves to get the help that they need. We want to spread the message that they aren’t alone and that talking to someone about how you’re feeling is a really important first step, and can make you feel much better.”

To take part in the challenge, film yourself doing 10 kick-ups and tag three friends to do the same. Upload your video to Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and use the hashtag #KickUpChallenge

To donate to YoungMinds, text YOUNGMINDS to 70660 to give £2.