Move Your Body, Boost Your Mood, Support a Great Cause!

September 23, 2020

As social distancing drags on, people are experiencing more stress, increased symptoms of depression and anxiety, and an uptick in mental health disorders, suicide ideation, and substance abuse relapse. Reduced physical activity, sleep disruption, and increased smoking and alcohol intake during the pandemic have been associated with higher depression, anxiety and stress symptoms. Moving our bodies regularly is…

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Mental Health Resources for People of Color and Allies

August 19, 2020

We can all unite in agreement that we are enduring an unprecedented time, full of challenges that are putting significant strain on our mental resilience. Between the global pandemic, the stress on front line health care workers, social upheavals, and the economic and employment consequences, it is a time of loss, anxiety, fear, anger, and…

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Building Mental, Emotional and Spiritual Strength During the Pandemic

May 6, 2020

A Free 3-day Online Global Mental Health Summit That Can Help Let’s be real. For some this pandemic and physical distancing is a gift…an unexpected opportunity to pause, go to ground, bake bread from sourdough starter, finally build that raised garden bed, meditate, walk and do yoga, and work in pajamas. For others it is…

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Part 2 of Living with Mental Health Challenges During the Coronavirus Pandemic

March 30, 2020

By Cassandra Vieten, PhD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Executive Director – John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation For people who are depressed – not just sad or down about the current circumstances – but living with a current or past diagnosis of depression, the situation we are in has specific risks, and holds some opportunities as…

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Living with Mental Health Challenges during the Coronavirus Pandemic: Part 1 – The Basics

March 23, 2020

We are all working to maintain our peace of mind during this tricky time. Stay-at-home orders and a continuous stream of news and social media focused on the pandemic is a form of stress most of us have never encountered. But for people who were already struggling with a serious mental health issue, being cooped…

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The Bricks Build More Than Great Bodies

March 20, 2019

Victor and Lynne Brick, owners of Brick Bodies and Maryland’s Planet Fitness centers, are partnering with Arundel Lodge, Inc., a nonprofit in Edgewater, MD that provides mental health and substance use treatment to more than 3,000 community members annually, to build the John W. Brick Memorial Fitness Center, bringing the healing gift of physical fitness…

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John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation to support $1.2M Gold Standard Study with the University of California, San Francisco

March 20, 2019

Timonium, Md (April 2, 2019) –  The John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation announced today the launch of the  $1.2 million Gold Standard Study on mental health with the University of California, San Francisco.  The study will be lead by University of California, San Francisco Elissa Epel, PhD, professor of psychiatry and Wendy Berry Mendes,…

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The JWB Foundation Donates Fitness Equipment to John Hopkins Children Center

January 25, 2019

The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Inpatient Service at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center provides comprehensive diagnostic evaluation and treatment of children and adolescents with a variety of emotional and behavioral problems including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, severe disruptive behavior, and suicide attempts. While in the hospital, children and adolescents have little opportunity for physical…

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Most Common Mental Illnesses in the US

June 25, 2018

According to data compiled by U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Anxiety is the most common mental illness in the United States notes an article that recently appeared online in The Tennasean publication. “Nearly 1 in five U.S. adults lives with a mental illness. That translated to 44.7 million people in 2016. But estimates suggest…

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Study on Social Interaction could improve understanding of Mental Health risks

June 20, 2018

Investigators have released the results of a study that outlines how age, socioeconomic status, and other factors might contribute to social isolation and poorer mental health. “McLean Hospital investigators have released the results of a study that outlines how age, socioeconomic status, and other factors might contribute to social isolation and poorer mental health. In…

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