By: Tim Wall, MS, ATC

World Mental Health Day is October 10th, 2021.  To read more, please go to World Mental Health Day. 

To watch a Video from the Patrick Heinold Foundation about mental health awareness, please go to this LINK.

You can partner with the JOI Foundation 

The Jacksonville Orthopedic Institute Foundation has actively partnered with local outreach organizations here in North Florida, including the Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless, the Patrick Heinold Foundation, the Humane Society and the Police Athletic League.

JOI Foundation

The JOI Foundation Logo

JOI Foundation

The JOI Foundation

When you join with us, you make a difference in our community and help to improve the overall well being of thousands of individuals in the North Florida area. The JOI Foundation’s goal is to assist others with the help of generous financial donors & through countless volunteer hours.  We choose these charities because we believe that we can make a positive impact and to make a meaningful change.  100% of funds are used to provide support for outreach programs which benefit individuals and groups in need of services, equipment, supplies, athletics and basic daily necessities such as food and clothing.

JOI employees through our foundation, pay for meals at the Sulzbacher Center.  Employees also volunteer their time to go over to the center and actually prepare and cook the meal.  JOI Physicians and Staff members also volunteer at the Hearts to Soles Event at the Sulzbacher Center on  November 23, 2019.  JOI will be collecting socks to provide them with the shoes which are donated for this event.

The JOI Foundation recently added the Patrick Heinold Foundation as one of our beneficiaries.  Teen suicide is on the rise across the nation.  The data appeared in The Journal of Pediatrics, and comes from poison control centers. A study finds the rate of poisoning attempts more than doubled among boys and girls.

There is no single cause to suicide. It most often occurs when stressors exceed current coping abilities of someone suffering from a mental health condition.

If you want to read more about Suicide Risk Factors and Warning Signs

JUST 1 is a program that our JOI Certified Athletic Trainers developed at our local  high schools to try to save or help JUST 1 young adult from taking their own life.  Our trainers provide first aid on a daily basis, now they can also provide mental health first aid to these same students.  To learn more, go to youth-mental-health-first-aid/. 

If you need help and need someone to talk to, please call:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK (8255)  or

Baptist Behavioral Health
Services: Outpatient, Adult Day Stay and Inpatient Services
24 hour Crisis Line: 904-202-7900

For more information about the Mental Health First Aid Training, go to: Baptist 

Our mission is to inspire others to help the community in which we live and work.  The employees of JOI have designated these four foundations to work with and to donate our time and monetary funds to because we believe together we can make a difference in the North Florid Region.  If you want to help with the JOI Foundation, please call 904-848-7045 and JOIn our mission!

Come alongside us and be the change!

To donate to the JOI Foundation or to volunteer in any of our community events, please call 904-858-7045. 

JOI Spring Donation Drive – Humane Society

In honor of National Pet Month (May), a few of our JOI offices and rehab centers took on a challenge to see how many items they could donate to the Humane Society. Out of 4 teams, there were almost 500 items donated! The donations included cat food, dog food, cat litter, food feeders, and much more! Team Kibble Krew at JOI San Marco won by donating more than 200 items. However, the other team’s Whisker Warriors, Smitten Kittens, and Kibbles n Bits also did an incredible job donating many items as well! Thank you to all the JOI Staff Members who participated in this challenge! You saved so many animals’ lives this month!

You can still collect items for the Humane Society and drop them off at their facility. Items that are always needed include:

  • Wet & Dry Kitten Food
  • Dry Cat Food
  • Wet Cat Food
  • Dry Dog Food
  • Dog Treats
  • Paper Towels

JOI and the JOI Foundation are always proud to sponsor the Jacksonville Humane Society! See our pictures down below!

Patrick Heinhold Foundation

JOI is proud to partner with the The Patrick Heinhold Foundation to promote suicide prevention for teenagers. Come out to watch the 4th Annual Patrick’s 3v3 Basketball Tournament on Sunday, April 18th, 2021 @JJVA. Due to COVID-19, guests and fans need to wear a mask throughout the event.

For more information about the tournament, go to:

If you would like to volunteer at this event, click this link:

The Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute Foundation was a sponsor of this event.

Sulzbacher Our Hearts to Your Soles Event

JOI Foundation
JOI Foundation

Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute will again provide screening for this year’s charity event at The Sulzbacher Center. Our Hearts to Your Soles Foundation provides footwear for the homeless. JOI physicians and JOI staff of volunteers provide healthy foot exams and treatment. 

This will be our eleventh year participating in this national collaborative effort to help relieve the foot problems. In conclusion, this event is how JOI gives back to the community in which we live.     

This is National Suicide Prevention Week

This National Suicide Prevention Week, have a #RealConvo about mental health! Whether that means active listening or talking through it. Just being there for someone is also important.

It’s time to shift the culture and have an open and honest conversation about #mentalhealth. Have you had a #RealConvo today? The JOI Foundation supports the Patrick Heinold Foundation. The goal is to get Mental Health First Aid Training in Every High School and Junior High School in our area!

If you’re unsure of how to reach out to a friend that’s struggling, here are some quick pointers you can use for having a #RealConvo:

The Jacksonville Humane Society

The number of kittens arriving at Jacksonville’s shelters is reaching record levels, and we cannot save them all without your support. Year to date, more than 1,600 kittens have come to the doorstep of our local shelters. The
good news is … you can help! Here is an easy option to help kittens in need:
1) Become a foster parent to orphaned kittens! Tiny kittens are too small and need the extra love and
attention that only a foster home can provide. Click here to learn how a few weeks can save multiple lives.

By: Jon Stiffler PTA/Content Writer
Image of a kitten
Humane Society

Mutt March 2019

JOI is proud to support our local Humane Society in Jacksonville! The JOI Foundation is a sponsor for the Annual Mutt March each year.

Humane Society
Humane Society

Find more information here: Humane Society

Patrick Heinold Foundation

2nd Annual Patrick's 3v3 Basketball Tournament
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2nd Annual Patrick’s 3v3 Basketball Tournament

The JOI Foundation is proud to partner with The Patrick Heinold Foundation. Their goal is to promote suicide prevention through programs dedicated to the well-being and mental health of our nation’s teens. JOI’s Certified Athletic Trainers (ATCs) will be providing free Athletic Training coverage for the event. In other words, don’t miss the 2nd Annual Patrick’s 3v3 Basketball Tournament, this Saturday April 6, 2019 at The Bolles School. The tournament runs from 8:15 am to 5 pm. I know this his tournament helps support The Patrick Heinold Foundation mission! Finally, learn more about The Patrick Heinold Foundation here: The Patrick Heinold Foundation

About Patrick Heinold

Patrick Heinold was 17 years old when he took his life on February 4th, 2017. He was the last person anyone expected to fall to suicide, as he was everyone’s best friend and favorite person, and thrived an all that he did. Patrick was a member of the Bolles’ Men’s Varsity Basketball Team and also participated in band and Junior Mentors while attending The Bolles School as a junior. Patrick was a member of the Parking Ministry at Christ’s Church and was an active member of Young Life. Patrick’s legacy will forever live on in how he treated others, befriended everyone he met, and embodied Christ in everything he did. We will miss and love you forever Patrick.

Through the JOI Foundation, we are able support causes like this!

By: Jon Stiffler PTA, Sport Center Coordinator

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Through a program by Baptist Health, JOI Certified Athletic Trainers and personnel from Bishop Kenny High School participated in a two day program for Youth Mental Health First Aid. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for children ages 10-24. Each day in the U.S. there is an average of 5,240 attempts of suicide for children in grades from 7-12. The goal of the program is to train personnel to be able to give first aid for those children who are in need of professional help. Similar to the American Red Cross First Aid Certificate for physical injuries. The program is based on breaking down the barriers and stigma which are attached to mental health. Certified Athletic Trainers normally are on the high school campuses each and every day for physical injuries. This is the next step in the recognition of mental health illnesses and the ability to get professional help for these students in need. In addition, each person who finishes the program, will receive a certificate for Youth Mental Health First Aid. Continue reading

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