22Zero Fighting To END PTSD Related Suicide

22Zero is a 501(c)(3) Non-Proft organization that was founded by Retired Army SFC Dan Jarvis to begin on a mission of spreading awareness for and promoting training nationwide for medical professionals to be proficient in the treatments listed below for those suffering from post traumatic stress. After suffering from PTS and coming close to ending it all himself, SFC Jarvis went through the RTM Protocol treatment and was cured!!!  So the mission of 22Zero is to get that treatment, with a 90% success rate out there so that more veterans, first responders and anyone suffering from PTSD can finally find themselves cured so that they can finally move on with their lives! 

Because of their mission, we decided to get on board and do what we could to raise money for training of medical personnel in the RTM Protocol treatment.  The starting goal is to provide training for at least 25 counselors in each state.  The funds from this fund raising effort will go directly to the costs associated with providing this training in Virginia as a starting point, but as you can imagine, the end game is quite an undertaking. 

So we are promoting a fund raising event on Facebook where you can like, share, donate and invite your friends to do the same in an effort to provide for the needed training to end PTSD related suicide once and for all! The initial goal is $30,000, but to help move things along, we, in cooperation with other businesses and individuals, will be offering regular weekly raffle drawing items to be given away. Entry levels vary according to the item being offered, but once a week, will announce a new item up for grabs and hold the drawing on the seventh day on Random.org with all raffle information being kept public for full disclosure. 

To get involved, message us or click the link here to donate and help us spread the word on social media.

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Hear Dan and his wife tell about their experience in this powerful video

 

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Although years of data released from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) indicated that 22 veterans a day commit suicide, their latest analyzation of 2014 data indicates that the number is closer to 20.24 per day. (Source: Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Suicide Prevention, Suicide Among Veterans and Other Americans 2001-2014, July 2016)
    • 30% of veterans who committed suicide had used Veterans Health Administration (VHA) services in the calendar year preceding their death.
  • Military veterans are 22% more likely to commit suicide compared to civilian adults in the United States. (Source: Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Suicide Prevention, Suicide Among Veterans and Other Americans 2001-2014, July 2016)
  • A greater number of police officers and firefighters commit suicide than are killed in the line of duty. (Source: The Ruderman White Paper on Mental Health and Suicide of First Responders, April 2018)
    • In 2017, 140 police officers committed suicide, compared to 129 who died in the line of duty.
    • In 2017, 103 firefighters committed suicide, compared to 93 who died in the line of duty.

 Hear a first hand testimony here

POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health problem that can occur following the experience or witnessing of a traumatic event. A traumatic event is a life-threatening event, such as military combat, natural disasters, critical incidents, serious accidents, or physical or sexual assault in adulthood or childhood. Signs and symptoms of PTSD include:

  • Upsetting memories or “flashbacks”
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Outbursts of anger or irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Quick startle response
  • Intense feelings of fear
  • Intense feelings of helplessness
  • Avoiding situations that will trigger memories of the traumatic event
  • Feeling emotionally numb
  • Isolation from others
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Substance abuse (alcohol or drugs)

(Source: VA National Center for PTSD, February 2010)

PTSD You are not alone image

Not all wounds are visible. First, know that you are not alone. There is hope for individuals suffering from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. More information on effective, user-friendly treatments is below.

 Hear what counselors have to say after receiving the training in the RTM Protocol

TREATMENTS FOR TRAUMA

Seeking help is not easy. Many first responders and veterans have heard and experienced horror stories of therapy or counseling sessions that have been nearly as traumatizing as their experiences. Others have been prescribed medications that simply mask the core problem. Dan Jarvis (founder of 22Zero) sought help through the Office of Veterans Affairs, and found the prolonged exposure therapy to be torture, and discontinued the therapy as a result. It wasn’t until he heard about and underwent the alternative therapy Reconsolidation of Traumatic Memories (RTM) Protocol that he got true peace and relief.

 

Reconsolidation of Traumatic Memories (RTM) Protocol


The Reconsolidation of Traumatic Memories (RTM) Protocol is notable because it causes little discomfort to the client and can be administered in any normal quiet room by Masters level counselors after a two-week certification training. It does not involve drugs or costly equipment and is a relatively quick therapy.

In clinical trials RTM removed the nightmare and flashback symptoms of PTS in less than half the time of current therapies, often in less than two or three sessions. RTM administered shortly after veterans return home can remove the symptoms and stop the PTS Syndrome from developing. The results to date are phenomenal – a ninety percent remission of PTS diagnosis and clinical symptoms.

RTM begins by questioning the client until he or she responds physiologically. Typically, this includes changes in breathing, heart rate and vocal pitch. The response is only allowed to continue until the physiology changes. It is stopped before re-traumatization can occur. As soon as this state is identified, the dissociation begins by asking the client to imagine he or she is in a movie theater. On the screen is a still image of the client performing some neutral activity in a safe context, at a time before the trauma occurred. Then, he or she is asked to imagine floating away from his or her body in the theater to a projection booth. From this vantage point, he or she is instructed to watch him or herself in the theater, watching themselves on the screen.

After establishing these three levels of dissociation, the client is instructed to watch a black and white picture of themselves on the screen of the movie theater at a time before the traumatic event. As he focuses on the imagined picture, he is directed to watch himself in the theater as he watches a black and white movie of the traumatic event. He watches himself in the theater watching the event until a safe time after the trauma has fully passed. This process is repeated until watching the entire movie can be done without any observable discomfort. When he can watch the movie comfortably, he is asked to step into it and experience the entire sequence, fully associated, in color, in reverse and at very high speed. When the trauma can be talked about with no discomfort, the intervention is presumed to have worked.

(Source: http://researchandrecognition.org)

Hear Robert Cheek's Personal Testimony

TRANSITIONING OUT OF A SERVICE CAREER

Transition out of a service career adds to the stress of dealing with trauma experienced while in these roles. Those who choose service careers, such as the military and first responders, all too often take on the identity of their profession, instead of maintaining an individual identity apart from the profession. It’s the nature of the job. When they retire or leave service, they thus lose their identity and feel lost and isolated.

In 2012, Prudential conducted a survey to better understand veterans’ experiences and perceptions around finding civilian careers after transitioning out of service. Sadly, the survey revealed that 64% of veterans reported having a difficult transition from military service to civilian life. A few of the greatest challenges of transitioning to civilian life were figuring out what was next, relating to non-veteran civilians, and readjusting to social life. These challenges also apply to our first responders who are retiring or leaving their profession.

The struggle some are experiencing may not be PTSD related, but may simply be a result of transitioning out of a service career. Isolation, depression, feelings of helplessness can result from this transition. Do not be afraid to ask for help.

An excellent resource for those transitioning out of a service career is the book Mission America: Straight Talk About Military Transition by Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Scott Mann. Although it was written from a military perspective, the principles can be applied to first responders. We highly recommend this book.

PROGRAMS

Bridge Builder Program

Bridge Builder Program


Our Bridge Builder Program is the heart of our mission – bridging individuals from our target communities (active military, military veterans, first responders) to services that will help them cope with mental anguish that could result from the traumas they have experienced in their roles serving our country and communities or from difficulty transitioning out of a service career.

Who is eligible?

The following individuals are eligible to participate in the Bridge Builder Program: any individual currently serving in any branch of the military, any individual who has ever served in any branch of the military, any individual who is working or has worked in any first responder profession, and any immediate family members of these eligible groups.

How does it work?

Eligible individuals can contact 22Zero by calling (863) 229-7284 or emailing bridgebuilder@22zero.org. A case manager will be assigned to the individual to determine what services are needed, and then will bridge them to providers. Follow-up is conducted to provide support and encouragement.

 

Provider Expansion Program


The Provider Expansion Program allows us to expand the number of individuals who can provide therapies and treatments that are “user friendly” and effective – such as Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) and Reconsolidation of Traumatic Memories (RTM) Protocol. We help sponsor the certification of mental health therapists and counselors in these therapies and treatments to make these services more accessible to military and first responders across the nation.

 

Who is eligible?

Any licensed mental health counselor who is willing to commit to assisting our target communities is eligible to participate in the Provider Expansion Program.

How does it work?

As these opportunities are not frequent, eligible individuals can contact 22Zero by calling (863) 229-7284 or emailing Dan Jarvis at dan@22zero.org to be added to a waiting list. As certification opportunities arise, eligible counselors on the waiting list will be contacted.

 

Battle Buddy Program (Launching 2019)

Battle Buddy Program (Launching 2019)


The Battle Buddy Program will provide individuals in our target groups with a sense of community, belonging, and accountability.

All too often, the transition out of a service career leaves individuals with a sense of loneliness and isolation – they then begin to fight the battle of the mind alone.

This program will connect individuals in similar circumstances to each other through this battle - helping provide support that only a sense of camaraderie and solidarity can do. Stay tuned for more information. If you are interested in training to be a Battle Buddy Mentor, please email battlebuddy@22zero.org.

>> If you’re having a crisis, call the Veteran Suicide Prevention Hotline immediately 1-800-273-8255 <<

DAN’S STORY

Retired Army SFC Dan Jarvis
Dan Jarvis, Executive Director, President of the Board

Retired Army SFC Dan Jarvis was deployed to a combat zone in Afghanistan in 2011. Shortly after his arrival, he stepped on a pressure plate and detonated an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) five feet from his position on the patrol. The IED inflicted a traumatic brain injury. He insisted on continuing to lead his troops on the battlefield instead of convalescing, however the Battalion surgeon ordered him out for a week before rejoining his Soldiers. After weeks of no sleep, as a result of the IED blast, he led his squad on a mission to escort an explosive team to defuse a bomb found by another Platoon. His role in the lead vehicle was to detect IEDs on the route, to ensure safe passage for the other vehicles in the convoy. An undetected IED exploded under the fourth vehicle in the convoy, taking the life of SPC Doug Cordo. Dan felt responsible for the loss of one of his Soldiers.

Near the end of his deployment, Dan received a Red Cross message informing him that his mother was deathly ill. He immediately left Afghanistan and headed to the United States in hopes of seeing his mom before she took her last breath. Unfortunately, he did not make it in time to say good-bye before she died, which weighed heavily on him. After her funeral, Dan returned to his assigned duty station in Fairbanks, Alaska. Burdened under the weight of such guilt and still unable to sleep, Dan self-medicated with alcohol, binge drinking each night until he feel asleep.

On the night of March 2, 2013, he contemplated suicide – eyeing the rifle in the corner and convincing himself that it would be easy to end the mental torture. Hearing the pitter-patter of little feet on the floor of the apartment above him, he realized he would potentially endanger those kids if a bullet was fired. Not long after, he passed out from the alcohol. He awoke the next morning to a call informing him that one of the soldiers from his former Platoon, SPC Corey Smathers, had shot and killed himself the night prior. Questioning how they missed the signs that Smathers was struggling, Dan realized that he too was masking the signs from those he knew and loved. Dan and the other men struggled emotionally as they grieved their fellow brother and Soldier. Watching the men struggle and worrying that he may “green light” one of them to do the same, Dan resolved that he would not take his own life. However, the mental torture remained as did the binge drinking each night.

Due to multiple combat injuries, Dan medically retired from the Army on September 11, 2014 and returned home to Winter Haven, Florida. He quickly busied himself by reentering the law enforcement profession. Mutual friends introduced Dan to his future wife in January 2015, whom he married in April 2016. All the while, he hid his struggles and the need to self-medicate. Unfortunately, his combat injuries forced his retirement from law enforcement in May of 2017.

With little to occupy his time, the weight of his military experiences, and transition out of service began to manifest more visibly in his drinking, depression, nightmares, night sweats, and negative outlook. His wife strongly encouraged him to seek help, and he contacted the local VA Office. The VA diagnosed Dan with Post Traumatic Stress and began to treat him with prolonged exposure therapy, which tormented him nearly as much as the trauma he had experienced. He opted not to continue this line of treatment.

Months later, Dan met Retired Army Lt. Colonel Scott Mann, who introduced him to professionals in alternative treatments, such as Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) and Reconsolidation of Traumatic Memories (RTM) Protocol. Dan’s experience with alternative therapies was so life-changing that he was compelled to help others find the same relief from traumatic memories.

 

>> If you’re having a crisis, call the Veteran Suicide Prevention Hotline immediately 1-800-273-8255 <<

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Board Member 1
Kim Garrett, Vice-President of Law Enforcement Relations

For 31 years, Kimberly Garrett served the Polk County, FL, community as a law enforcement officer. She retired from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at the rank of Lieutenant in 2015. Kim returned to the Sheriff’s Office in 2017, and currently serves as a Property/Evidence Paraprofessional. She also operates her own business, Audio 2 Ink Transcriptions, LLC.

Kim holds a Bachelor Degree in Organizational Management from Warner University, is a Certified Public Manager (Florida State University), is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute 122nd Administrative Officers Course (University of Louisville), and is trained in Crisis Intervention.

Kim is fully committed to the mission of 22Zero, and is passionately contributing her time, experience, and talents to saving lives.

Board Member 1
Jeff Messner, Treasurer

Jeff Messner grew up in Winter Haven, Florida. He graduated from Winter Haven High School where he met Dan Jarvis, a fellow wrestler for the Winter Haven Blue Devils.

After graduating from the University of Central Florida in 1995, Jeff worked for a few national corporations before starting his own advertising/publishing company in 2000. His company served churches by providing publications free of charge to the church, paid for by advertisers.

Building his company to a national platform set the stage for its sale in 2012. Jeff fulfilled a five year management relationship as the Senior Vice President of Sales before moving on professionally. Now, Jeff serves as the Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Certipay, a national payroll company.

Jeff grew up in a close-knit home where stewardship was the standard. He’s been married to his wife, Teri, for 22 years and has three college age daughters and an 11-year old son. Throughout his life he’s made full stewardship a hallmark of his existence. For the past 10 years, he’s served as the chair for his church’s Pastoral Committee. He’s also served on the St Joseph Catholic School Board, the Impact Volleyball Academy board, as well a guest mentor for the University of Notre Dame Business Leadership program.

Jeff’s humbled to serve on the board of 22Zero and fully believes in its mission and potential to positively impact so many lives!

Board Member 1
Mark Newby, Vice President of Military Relations

Mark Newby has dedicated the majority of his life to service, retiring as a US Army Lt. Colonel after 27 years. During this time, as part of U.S. Central Command’s Antiterrorism and Force Protection Program, he led tens of thousands of military personnel in 20 different countries, including two combat zones. Mark also served as the Lead Trainer of Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) Senior Level Leaders in Bagdad, Iraq for two years. He was Lead Planner for multiple Counter Anti-Narcotic Terrorism Missions throughout Central America, seizing over $200M in contraband. Mark was responsible for managing a $3.7M annual operating budget. He currently is an Analyst/Senior Simulation Work Station Controller for the Mission Command Training Program.

Mark holds a Masters of Science Degree in Administration from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

Mark is committed to the cause and brings a depth of experience and knowledge to help accomplish our mission.