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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Mental Health, Mental Health & Crisis Intervention

Mission: Creating connections and conversations that matter to strengthen mental health and emotional well-being for young people

Results: We have established eight DMAX Clubs on college campuses across three states including Pennsylvania, Maryland and North Carolina. Students are reporting that DMAX Clubs make a difference in their feelings about themselves and their future, their school experience and their relationships. We recently held our fifth annual educational event related to mental health and Conversations That Matter to a packed audience and rave reviews.

Target demographics: create conversations that connect to strengthen mental health for young people

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1000 adults and college and high school students

Geographic areas served: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, North Carolina

Programs: Mental health awareness programs in suburban Philadelphia (Main Line) and DMAX Clubs on college campuses.

Community Stories

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

This nonprofit is doing exceptional important work helping to establish places on campuses around the country for young adults to have important conversations. When young adults are struggling with many stressors often manifesting with anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, and other mental illnesses, they need a safe constructive place to have conversations to help them. This nonprofit is doing this! They have warm, loving, kind people doing exceptional work!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

DMAX Foundation is an amazing non-profit organization. With its mission to help young people who struggle with Mental Health issues, the organization is at the forefront of assisting students who will soon enter the workforce.
Why is this important? In our nation which places so much focus on “being the best,” “doing the best,” “being better than the next person,” the overall push to be the best can and does often cause students to have fear of the future. DMAX Clubs help students help each other deal with these on and sometimes off-campus stressors.

Jason L.6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

DMAX Foundation has changed my life! I've been volunteering here since August and it's been a wonderful experience. Through this work, I've become more appreciative for everyday I have on this earth and am more grateful for the small wins. I struggled with my mental health and sobriety and it feels good to be on the other side helping people. I am going to start a club at Rutgers University New Brunswick this spring and am hoping to help out a lot of people there.

Juliette Dee R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I interned with DMAX this past summer and have been a member of Temple University’s DMAX Club for about a year. DMAX is doing meaningful work that is changing the lives of college students and young adults. The mental health resources on college campuses are just not enough to support the tons of students suffering with mental health related issues. DMAX is a place for students to talk about how they’re doing and for peers to help peers.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

DMAX Foundation is a wonderful nonprofit! I was truly blessed when I received the opportunity to work with them this past summer, and I can say that the work they are doing for mental health advocacy is extraordinary. Undergraduate students across an impressive array of colleges and universities are able to join DMAX Clubs where they can get together and discuss how they are doing in a non-intrusive manner. The organization itself is very structured and all members are extremely friendly and professional.

David D.6

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a Board Member if the DMAX Foundation. I was introduced to the principals of the organization a few years ago. After hearing their story about their son Daniel, I was inspired to lend my expertise. My own son has struggled with mental health challenges for years, working hard to understand and overcome the feelings associated with his anxiety and depression. As a parent, the feelings of fear and helplessness can be overwhelming. The work DMAX does at the college level is both necessary and essential. DMAX is a shining light in the often darkness of mental health.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The stigma against mental illness has to end, or people will not seek treatment, which can lead to dropping out of school, job loss, homelessness, and especially suicide. DMAX provides a safe space in school settings for youth facing depression and mental health problems to talk to others, to not become isolated because of the unbearable stigma. DMAX is what we need on all campuses everywhere so people literally can live. DMAX saves lives.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My experience with DMAX has been educational, informative, and all around pleasant. I first heard of their organization through a friend in college and we attended one of their interactive information sessions. I became interested and signed up to receive their newsletter. I feel very strongly about this organization because of their message in supporting conversations surrounding mental health. I was able to raise some money for DMAX through an event I held at school and DMAX sent a representative to table at the event which I really appreciated as I value their mission. I hope to see even more DMAX clubs continue to pop up on college campuses everywhere! Creating safe spaces for people to talk about and address mental health is extremely important and DMAX Foundation is doing a great job to promote that.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is an incredibly valuable nonprofit serving not only a vital issue in our society but also breaking down barriers for discussion.

Jonathan D.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The DMAX Foundation is an intrinsic team that is passionate about creating a change relating to mental health and well-being. They instill clubs at college campuses, attend local events, and partner with companies with the agenda of improving mental health resources. This nonprofit seeks to address the mental health crisis on college campuses and in the workplace.

Board Member

Rating: 5

DMAX is a grassroots organization led by Lee Maxwell and Laurie Burstein-Maxwell, with a ton of help from their teammate Kris. Together, the three work tirelessly to change the culture on college campuses!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for DMAX Foundation at several events, and I love supporting it and its mission. Mental health is hugely important, and this foundation approaches it with such heart that it is impossible not to be moved every time I work with its team.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of interning for DMAX Foundation last summer. I can genuinely say that DMAX Foundation is an organization that I admire and believe in. The staff works tirelessly to create spaces for students to feel less alone. They have shed an unbelievable amount of light on mental health awareness and they break down the stigma surrounding mental health conversation. The passion that drives this foundation is so apparent and they make everyone feel like family! Because of DMAX Foundation, I was given the opportunity to speak about my own mental health, something I have never felt comfortable doing in the past. If you do not know about DMAX Foundation, you are really missing out!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have known about DMAX Foundation since its onset. It was started by Laurie and Lee Maxwell after they lost their 18 year old son to suicide. The work that the Foundation is doing is so important in response to the mental health crisis on college campuses. DMAX is making a real difference in the mental health lives of college students. There are so many more students that need to learn about DMAX Clubs and how they create a trusting environments for students to talk about their own mental health and help each other.
I can't say enough good about this wonderful organization. I look forward to supporting them for many many years Amy

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have helped out with DMAX Operations the past three months and have had nothing short of an incredible experience. From events in Arlington, VA and Philadelphia, PA, the foundation does great work for an amazing cause. The foundation is also beginning to generate some substantial support and committed donors, which is a major positive for the future. Nothing but great things to say.

Javier Alejandro Rodriguez H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Javier’s DMAX Review
In my short time as an intern at DMAX Foundation, I have had the opportunity to learn, and work with driven and passionate people. They truly live their mission, and are fighting hard to bring awareness to mental health issues. Working for DMAX has helped me realize that it is possible to work for yourself, and work for others at the same time. As a future professional it is a great experience to have under my belt, and working for people that are trying to make the world a better, and friendlier place is a great honor. DMAX is a place where both business and ethics are closely bound together, with the hope of helping those in need, and lighting the way for people through the darkness.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Interning at DMAX Foundation was a great experience to get involved in my community and raise awareness about mental health. The dedication of the foundation's staff to eliminate the stigma against mental illness and make a difference in the lives of others is inspiring. My internship at DMAX was incredibly rewarding, Laurie and Kris were always open to new ideas on how to best spread the organization's message and establish new DMAX clubs. While interning, I gained valuable outreach skills in communicating with partners and sponsors, preparing me for future non-profit work. I would highly encourage anyone interested to get involved with DMAX Foundation.

Karleigh L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working as an intern for DMAX Foundation is extremely rewarding. The co-founders are diligent and genuine people. The mission of DMAX Foundation is something that could benefit so many people. What they are doing is extremely important with current mental health issues among college students.

Kris Kelley M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working with DMAX Foundation for over a year now. This organization is really making an impact on college students lives. The students who are part of DMAX Clubs really get the benefit of having intimate conversations about mental health with one another. Students have told me that the Clubs help them feel less stressed and overwhelmed, have allowed them to focus on school work, and have a better outlook on their future. The Foundation also puts on fabulous events that are fun, impactful, and educational for the community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

From my experience, the DMAX Foundation has been an incredible help in raising awareness for mental and emotional issues within the youth. They travel to different schools and participate in conversations with students about these things. They host events that cater to students and youth members for their cause. I've seen people become very engaged in this organization and seen how it has started out to a small conversation and turned into a big part of a college campus life style. It continues to strive for an openness in conversation about anything related to mental and emotional issues, and aims to be connected to a myriad of students within their area and outward.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was talking with a friend and her husband who were involved with DMAX and I was immediately drawn to their mission to help young adults deal with mental health issues. The story behind the creation of DMAX hit a very personal note for me. Since becoming a board member I have been totally impressed with the leadership and dedication shown by the founders and by the board members and volunteers. DMAX is an amazing nonprofit organization to be a part of and I would encourage anyone who is moved by our mission to volunteer to help.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a both a great admirer of DMAX and a Board Member. DMAX's mission to eliminate the stigma of mental illness is near and dear to my heart. Today, too many of our young people are struck down by mental illness. The more we can do to have conversations, provide resources and educate, the less those struggling will do so on their own.

DMAX is creating space for "conversations that matter" on college campuses. DMAX founders Lee and Laurie Maxwell are working tirelessly on this mission and to "light the darkness."

Board Member

Rating: 5

I began working with DMAX Foundation in July and am so glad I did! The work that the foundation is doing to raise mental health awareness about and to erase the stigma about mental health awareness is so critical on college campuses today. Too many young adults are harming themselves or committing suicide because they feel they have no where to turn. The DMAX Clubs being founded on college campuses all over the country is one way to help.
I encourage all of you to help by getting involved or by sending a donation! www.dmaxfoundation.org

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I stumbled across the DMAX Foundation's website. The first thing I saw on their site was the mission statement.

"Our mission: To eliminate stigma and encourage safe and caring conversations about mental health issues and emotional pain in our youth."

I was immediately moved. I wanted to be a part of this cause. My own story is one of depression, anxiety, and emotional abuse. When a person is stressed, sad, and unsure they isolate. I watched someone that I loved struggle with bi-polar and depression. Afraid to speak up and share his struggle because of what people would think. Instead he suffered in silence. I suffered in silence.

DMAX exists to change that by creating safe and caring environments were friends are helping friends have conversation that matter. The more you share your story the less power stigma has over you and others. Speak up for mental health! It's okay to not be okay. You are not alone.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I came across DMax Foundation recently and wanted to immediately get involved. They have a great mission to help others. Their focus is to establish student run clubs on college campuses for a safe place to talk, share and support one another. College students can always use a place to connect with others honestly and openly. This is a great organization!

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lauriejb 11/05/2015

We are blessed to have the dedication and hard work that we do from our board members. Their participation is helping to create DMAX Clubs on College Campuses so that students can have Conversations That Matter. We think it will make a difference to the lives of college students and their friends and families.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

This group is trying to raise awareness about mental illness. They are forming clubs on college campuses where students can discuss their feelings in an informal atmosphere. By talking to other students with similar issues, it is their hope that this will reduce the number of teen suicides and convince students who experience mental illness that it is OK to suffer from mental illness. By recognizing that mental illness is a topic to be dealt with through medication and talk therapy, youth will feel accepted and realize that they have a positive role to play in society.

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lauriejb 11/05/2015

Did you know that 20-25% of all families are impacted by mental illness. That is a big number and a cause worth fighting for. We believe that by giving students opportunities to really talk about how they are doing, rather than hiding it from their friends and family, that we will be helping to create a much more tolerant and caring atmosphere where more people can achieve success. After all, we all fall along the mental health continuum at different places and at different times in our lives. Mental health is everyone's concern.