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.
TBI & CTE
Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a degenerative brain disease found in individuals with a history of repetitive brain trauma. Contact sport athletes are especially vulnerable, due to the thousands of head impacts they receive over their careers. Despite this understanding of the disease, we still lack accurate diagnostic tests for living patients and effective treatments. While we work towards a cure, the Concussion Legacy Foundation supports those struggling with suspected CTE through the CLF HelpLine. If you or someone you know is struggling with suspected CTE, reach out to the CLF HelpLine for personalized
We’re learning that CTE isn’t just affecting athletes, but is showing up frequently in our nations heroes. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) due to military service-related causes is a significant problem for our active military and veteran community. In fact, from 2000 to 2019 ore than 414,000 TBI’s have been reported among U.S. Service members and more than 185,000 veterans enrolled in the VA health care have been diagnosed with a Traumatic Brain Injury. Even with knowing how many service members are afflicted by TBI, the understanding of TBI and related disorders such as CTE is in its infancy. That’s why we are teaming up with the Concussion Legacy Foundation (CLF) to support CTE research through brain donations. Help other veterans by pledging to donate your brain and learn more about CLF’s Project Enlist, their program specifically aimed at accelerating CTE research in military Veterans.
Transition & Community
At The 38 Challenge, we know that Veteran and Athlete transition can be one of the hardest things someone can go through mentally. Having structure and purpose stripped away from you without any support is an impossible task to go through alone. Through our events and partners, our goal to combat this hard transition is to connect veterans to causes and organizations that empower and lift veterans up. Whether it be through connecting to other transitioning or transitioned veterans, helping veterans land the job of their dreams, or connecting veterans to service animals, we know that transition is something that no one should go through alone.
Over 11% of veterans are diagnosed with substance abuse disorder. Addiction and substance abuse continue to plague our veteran communities and greatly contribute to side effects that can lead to suicide. The 38 Challenge is committed to addressing this problem through education and community. We know that being honest and vulnerable about issues like this help to build awareness in others and in ourselves. Partnered with the nations top addiction clinics, The 38 Challenge connects veterans to these great institutions so that they may get the help they need and deserve.
Mental Health Services & Partners
We’re proud to partner with organizations whose mission aligns with our goal of supporting warriors in need. Check out our partners page to learn more about who we work with.