You are Not Alone
Imagine, you are headed off to college and packed in your suitcase is your prescription. A bottle and a secret that you don’t want anyone to know about. Tucked in the side pocket of your bag is a pouch of anxiety wrapped in fear sprinkled with shame. Your loving support system left behind. This is a brand-new school and an entirely new chapter of your life. And, you are terrified.
Now imagine arriving on your new college campus and learning about a student led, mental health related social club. A club that focuses on eliminating stigma and encourages safe and caring conversations about mental and emotional issues. A safe place to get together and talk about how you are doing, how your friends are doing and how you can all help each other. A space where you can really be yourself and you don’t have to hide how you are really doing.
Two totally different experiences – right?
I recently attended my first DMAX Foundation event where I learned about the amazing work they are doing to help our youth get the support they need on campus. DMAX founders Laurie and Lee Maxwell lost their beloved 18 year old son Dan to suicide when his inner pain became too great for him to bear. Dan had been plagued with mental and emotional pain for eighteen months, without relief, before he took his life. The Maxwell’s vowed to turn theirs and Dan’s tragic journey toward helping countless other families and particularly young people who suffer in silence.
During the Foundation event, I witnessed the stories of amazing young college crusaders who have persevered in creating the first DMAX Clubs on their own college campuses including Penn State, Temple, Drexel and Elon Universities. The difference they are making is huge! I immediately wanted everyone to know about DMAX Clubs. www.dmaxfoundation.org Their mission is simple and very much needed – to eliminate stigma and encourage safe and caring conversations about mental health issues and emotional pain in our youth. They are focused on creating trusting environments for honest, everyday, caring conversations about mental health among youth so everyone can understand and help each other.
I invite you all to proactively share this group with the kids in your lives. Also, visit the DMAX website to sign up for the email list so you will be updated with DMAX events and announcements, and where you can easily share with family and friends through twitter, facebook or Google+: http://www.dmaxfoundation.org/contact-us/.
Finally, here what kids are saying about DMAX Clubs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHHGieRcfi8&t=21s