ALTAVISTA, Va., November 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation (JWB) and Planet Fitness Growth Partners LLC (PFGP) have formed a partnership with the National Center for Healthy Veterans (NCHV) to support veterans in overcoming post-traumatic stress. NAMI reports that up to 1 in 5 veterans experience PTSD, and the US Department of Veterans Affairs reports that 16 veterans a day die by suicide, but there is reason for hope. The JWB awarded NCHV Valor Farm with a grant of $100,000, while PFGP donated new equipment for the wellness center. Recently, JWB founders, PFGP owners and fitness pioneers, Victor and Lynne Brickvirtually attended the dedication ceremony and grand opening of the new Valor Farm Wellness Center with NCHV founder retired Maj. Gen. Robert F. Dees, amongst other things. US Marine Corps Veteran, Steve Campbell of PFGP, accepted a plaque of appreciation on behalf of the JWB Foundation. See more of the event here.
“We are pleased to support the efforts of Valor Farm to provide for the physical and mental well-being of our nation’s veterans. As General Dees says, they are one of this nation’s untapped national treasures. Both of our fathers were veterans. “
⸺ Lynne and Victor Brick, Owners and founders of Planet Fitness Growth Partners, founders of the John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation
The NCHV focuses on increasing veteran health and well-being, helping them reintegrate into their communities as leaders who inspire others. This 339-acre of Virginia rurality is an important turning point in veteran mental health care. The JWB grant will help Valor Farm and the NCHV carry out their initiatives, which include providing life skills programs, the idea of community, faith-based recovery, dignified work that enables purpose, job skills training that enables professional achievement, and opportunities to working with a variety of therapy animals. This grant, General Dees believes, allows the NCHV to lean into programmatic interaction with veterans and lends itself to research regarding integrative mental health approaches.
The goal of the John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation is to integrate salutogenic approaches – such as exercise, nutrition and mind-body practices – in the treatment of mental illness and the promotion of mental well-being. JWB donated over $3,000,000 to the promotion of integrative approaches to mental health. To learn more about this foundation and their international impact, visit https://www.johnwbrickfoundation.org/.
SOURCE John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation