The pandemic has taken a huge toll on everyone’s mental health.
Even if it feels like it’s over in many ways, the trauma continues for a unique group of people. For veterans, first responders and frontline medical workers, it has only made the mental struggles they grappled with long before COVID-19 worse.
Starting Tuesday, a local not-for-profit in North Texas is expanding its reach to help them.
The One Tribe Foundation will officially open a new 5,000 square foot facility to provide mental health services to these frontline veterans, first responders and medical workers at their Farmers Branch location.
The heart of this project is the non-profit 22Kill, which is now expanding its services and starting anew under a new name, the One Tribe Foundation.
You may remember 22Kill from the “22 Push-up Challenge,” which went viral and has become an annual tradition in North Texas and beyond for building mental health awareness among veterans and first responders.
The “22” refers to the number of military veterans who die of suicide each day.
Since 2013, the organization has provided first-aiders, veterans, and healthcare workers with free or low-cost therapy and other services.
Your mission has grown so that over the years they have been able to pour funds raised over the years into this new building to reach even more people struggling with depression, anxiety, PTSD, and thoughts of suicide.
The timing couldn’t be better. According to the foundation, the customer base grew 160% in 2020. An increase of 220% is forecast for 2021.
“These numbers alone tell you that this pandemic has hit people mentally and emotionally drastically,” said Jacob Schick, CEO of the One Tribe Foundation. “It showed us that there are many people who have to wrestle with some demons that they didn’t know they would have otherwise. And that’s okay. “
Schick said that despite the name change, the 22 push-up challenge will continue and the name 22Kill will become the education sector of their foundation.
“As a badly wounded naval veteran from the Iraq war myself, I know the trouble these veterans have when they get home trying to move into the civilian sector,” he said. “The One Tribe Foundation is very simply put, it just means the human tribe. These are human issues. It doesn’t matter, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, socio-economic status – the only thing we all have in common is trauma and tragedy. “
The plant expansion is only the beginning of their future work. The One Tribe Foundation’s goal is to expand its services across the Southwest in 2022.
“When is there [someone who] Anyone diagnosed with post-traumatic stress, I’m here to tell you, as someone diagnosed with post-traumatic stress and a brain injury – you have nothing wrong with. You react completely normally to an otherwise abnormal situation. You’re not alone, “said Schick.” It’s okay not to be okay. “
The One Tribe Foundation is located at 13621 Neutron Road in Farmers Branch. For more information, email AshleyKamrath@22Kill.com.
If you or someone you know needs help, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number is 1-800-273-8255. You can also send an SMS to 838255.