Founded in 2021 in memory of Captain Mathew Brewer, The 38 Challenge is a 501c3 Non-Profit Organization who’s mission is to eliminate suicide through challenging the stigma associated with seeking help and showing vulnerability. The purpose of The 38 Challenge is for members of society to voluntarily place themselves in an uncomfortable situation and to lean on one another when suffering. We believe this same approach must be taken in order to break the mental health stigma engrained into warrior culture.
The 38 Challenge has one common goal : To endure 38 minutes of physical suffering so that we can help those who are internally suffering. The first part of the event is to create community and trust through physical exercise. Participants will then be able to hear powerful testimonies from keynote speakers ranging from Special Operators to Professional Athletes. After hearing these vulnerable warriors speak, participants will then be able to connect with different mental health organizations, network amongst other professionals, and engage with athletes, veterans, and celebrities. Learn more about the event here.
Mission & Values
Founded in 2021 in memory of Captain Mathew Brewer, The 38 Challenge is a 501c3 Non-Profit Organization who’s mission is to eliminate suicide through challenging the stigma associated with seeking help and showing vulnerability.
Captain Matt Brewer
The 38 Challenge was created to honor the legacy of Matt Brewer – an incredible athlete, a decorated marine, and most importantly, a loving son and brother. Tragically, Matt took his own life due to the effects of suspected CTE and PTSD.
At The 38 Challenge we believe in an all inclusive approach to mental health. The first step in the war on mental health begins with shattering the stigma through praising vulnerability. Nothing is stronger than seeking help and having hard conversations about invisible wounds. Without the ability to show vulnerability, it is hard to know if a warrior is battling with TBI, CTE, Transition, Addiction, or a variety of other internal struggles. We must work together to preach the truth that vulnerability is strength, and the strongest warriors are those who help themselves so that they may help others. Learn more about how The 38 Challenge is providing support for those in need.