DMAX Foundation is a non-profit organization in Philadelphia, PA, founded in 2013 by Lee and Laurie after they lost their 18-year-old son Dan Maxwell to suicide. We are creating Conversations That Matter and speaking up to combat stigma and negative stereotypes. We are helping friends and family increase understanding and demonstrate compassion for youth suffering from mental or emotional pain. DMAX Foundation is starting DMAX Clubs on college campuses. Clubs are environments for all students to get together and talk about how they are doing, how their friends are doing and how they can help each other. The clubs help reduce the sense of isolation and hopelessness for students going through tough times by fostering the recognition that mental health issues should not separate “us versus them” and that all of us occupy a place on the continuous spectrum of mental health. We are all in this together.
The foundation was named after Dan, a 3-sport athlete whose teammates called him "DMAX."