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Where Did the Number "22" Come From?

Where Did the Number "22" Come From?

  It seems that everywhere you turn, charities and organizations that are formed to help combat veteran suicide use some derivative of the same statistic in their name or mission/vision statements. At IFHP, we use it in our ENDING 22 Collection: “22 US Armed Forces veterans commit suicide each day.” But where did this “22 statistic" come from and what is the true meaning behind it? Instead of the typically-used byline, “the VA states that…”, we decided it was long past-due to bring you the actual source of the information.   Where does the 22 statistic come from? The often-heard...

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Taylor Michel
Some Facts Behind the Importance of BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month

Some Facts Behind the Importance of BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month

  According to the 2017 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report published by the US Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research an Quality, Americans have historically “experienced variable access to care based on race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age, sex, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and residential location.” And while some disparities saw a decrease between 2000 and 2015, some persist, especially for poor and uninsured populations. Some of the statistics related to these disparities include: Trends show that about 55% percent of quality measures are improving overall for Blacks. However, most recent data in 2014-2015 show...

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Taylor Michel
10% of the Profits From Our ENDING 22 Collection Have a Specific Target

10% of the Profits From Our ENDING 22 Collection Have a Specific Target

  Yesterday, we posted our official announcement that we will donate 10% of the profits associated with our ENDING 22 Collection to Mission 22, but we didn’t really go into much detail to define the “why” of our decision. This was intentional, as we wanted to dedicate a full blog post to this information. We feel this decision truly deserves a bit more recognition.   Who is Mission 22? Mission 22 is a nonprofit organization that was created with the intent to help heal America’s veterans. With the tagline, “When their tour is over, our mission begins,” Mission 22 supports the...

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July is BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month

July is BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month

    Did you know? On May 21, 2008, the US House of Representatives passed (with concurrence of the Senate) the resolution that the month of July would henceforth be recognized as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. You can read the actual text of the resolution itself here, but we do want to highlight a handful of the statistics that are specifically mentioned therein... Nearly 2/3 (or 67%) of all people with a diagnosable mental illness do not seek medical treatment. African Americans experience a much greater unmet need for mental health services and receive a...

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