Official 2019 IGNITE Office Space Contestant, Jorey Herrscher with The Unbroken Project
Year Established: 2018
Outreach Type: PTSD
Give a brief history of your nonprofit’s story. Please include how and why it was established, and who has been involved.
My name is Jorey Herrscher, I am the Founder of The Herrscher Foundation. I am an attorney and former police officer and narcotics detective. I developed PTSD as a result of my service as a police officer but went undiagnosed for nearly 10 years. I was diagnosed with PTSD in 2016, and immediately began counseling. One year later, I attempted to take my own life. After my brush with death, I became furious at how many first responders didn’t make it. Why were so many committing suicide and why isn’t anyone doing anything about it. I began to develop a program to help police officers and The Herrscher Foundation was born. As I worked, I realized that I couldn’t do this work and leave out the rest of the First Responder Family. Then, one of my first clients was a military vet, and my mission was complete.
What outreach or services does your nonprofit offer?
We offer training that highlights the symptoms of PTSD, which often go unnoticed. We teach about the protections that first responders and military veterans enjoy while they are seeking treatment for an illness that isn’t their fault.
What is your ultimate goal for your nonprofit?
My ultimate goal is to become a national effort to end suicides among our heroes due to undiagnosed, misdiagnosed or undertreated PTSD.
– Jorey Herrscher, President, Founder, Board Member, Director of The Unbroken Project