About the John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation

The John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation was founded 3 years ago by Victor and Lynne Brick in memory of Victor’s oldest brother, John, who suffered from schizophrenia and died from complications from the disease. To read more about the story of the foundation, click here.

The mission of the John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation is to fund, conduct, and promote evidence-based research on how different forms of holistic treatments - such as exercise, nutrition, and healthy lifestyle choices - can benefit mental health.

Description of the John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation study at University of California at San Francisco:

In all the years of John's treatment for his illness, never once was he put on a well-rounded, integrated program that combined exercise, proper nutrition, and a healthy lifestyle with traditional medical treatment. We believe that exercise, nutrition, and a healthy lifestyle are an important part of maintaining good mental health. The challenge is determining how. Our first step in that direction is our landmark, two-year, gold-standard study we are funding, conducted by world-renowned researcher Dr. Elissa Epel and the University of California/San Francisco. We will be comparing three groups: the control group that does nothing, the Wim Hof Method (WHM) group that does Wim Hof’s breathing exercises and extreme cold training, and the High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) group to determine how the body responds to these forms of positive stress as it relates to depression and mental health. All money raised from the JWB Resiliency 5K and Family Fun Run will go towards this research.

We believe there are five pillars supporting sound mental health.

Proper Exercise
Proper Nutrition
Healthy Lifestyle Choices
A Caring Personal Support System
The Traditional Health Care System

We believe all five must be working synergistically to obtain optimal mental health.

We believe mental health is a continuum, with happiness at one end, mild forms of mental illness such as mild depression and anxiety in the middle, and extreme forms of mental illness, such as schizophrenia, psychosis, severe depression, and even suicide, at the other.

We believe people are constantly moving up and down that continuum, depending on the events in their lives.

We believe the more you incorporate the pillars of exercise, proper nutrition, and a healthy lifestyle into your life, the more you will be able to function at the happiness end of the continuum. We also believe that the sooner these three pillars are incorporated into you daily routine if you are sliding more towards the negative end of the spectrum, the more effective they will be in making a positive impact on your mental health.

The challenge is to determine the most effective forms of exercise, the proper nutrition, and the healthy lifestyle choices that result in optimal mental health.

That is the mission of the JWB Foundation.