Join Us for the John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation 5K and 1-Mile Family Fun Run/Walk


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.

About the Event

The 4th Annual John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation 5K and 1-mile Family Fun Run/Walk will follow a beautiful course on the wooded campus of Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland - starting from Towson's Johnny Unitas Stadium. In addition to the Baltimore 5K, thousands from around the world will join in the JWB Global 5K on their own track, trail, or treadmill at home.

We all know that mental and emotional well-being are boosted by exercise and fitness, nutrition and healthy eating, and mind-body practices - but the vast majority of people seeking help for mental illness won’t be offered these as part of their treatment.  It’s time to expand our approaches to address the whole person - body, mind and spirit.

Our foundation funds and promotes evidence-based research on how healthy lifestyle choices - such as exercise, nutrition, and mind-body practices – benefit mental health.

Every dollar we raise at the John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation 5K and 1-mile Family Fun Run/Walk will go to support research and programs for transforming our approach to preventing and treating mental illness. Our goal is to change the way the world treats mental health.

And you can help! Run. Walk. Donate. Raise Funds. However you choose to participate will help make the world a brighter place for millions of people.

Did you know that in the U. S. approximately 1 in 5 adults, and 1 in 6 youth aged six to seventeen, experience a mental illness every year? Suicide is now the second leading cause of death among people age 10 - 34. 50% of Americans will now likely be diagnosed with a mental illness or disease in their lifetime—a crisis so severe that is the third-largest cause of hospitalization in the U.S. for those 18-44. And in the US, only 41 percent of the people who had a mental disorder in the past year received any sort of professional health care. Nearly every person reading this either has themselves or has a loved one who has struggled with mental illness.

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Co-founder of the John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation, Victor Brick speaks about The 2021 JWB 5K & 1 Mile Family Fun Run/Walk