Thank you for being willing to Take the Lead for Mental Health!
It's time for a new approach to preventing and treating mental illness, and promoting mental health. One that recognizes the pivotal role of not only the brain, but the whole - body, mind, and spirit.
And you can take the lead. Every dollar you raise for the John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation will go to support scientific research and evidence-based programs for transforming our approach to preventing and treating mental illness. Our goal is to change the way we treat mental health. For example, the Foundation is currently funding a $1.2 million, gold standard study with the University of California-San Francisco to determine the effect of positive stress, in the form of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), the Wim Hof Method of breathing and cold training, and meditation, on depression. We have also brought fitness centers into several mental health facilities. With your help, we can do even more to shift the landscape of mental health care, and empower families and individuals to collaborate in creating their own mental, emotional and physical well-being. Let's do this!
We hope you will make a contribution to this effort, and will invite your friends and family to contribute as well. Together, we can bring light into the lives of millions.
The John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation was founded by Victor and Lynne Brick in honor of Victor's oldest brother John, who suffered from schizophrenia his entire life and died of complications from the disease. Never, in all the years he received treatment for his illness, often in some of the finest mental health institutions in the country, was he put on a well-rounded program that included lifestyle choices, such as exercise, diet, or mind-body wellness, to help improve his condition.
From Victor and Lynne: “We want to help people like my brother John. We want to save families from going through the heartache we experienced. We don’t think exercise is the only answer, but we think it is part of the answer. Through evidence-based research it is our hope to find out what part exercise can play in the treatment of mental illness, and what forms of exercise work best for different mental health issues.”
For more information on the Foundation, please visit our web site at www.johnwbrickfoundation.org.