Thank you for your interest in starting a DMAX Club at your school!

Here are answers to some of the most Frequently Asked Questions.

What is a DMAX Club?

A DMAX Club is a student led, mental health related social club on a college campus that creates an environment for students to get together and talk about how they are doing, how their friends are doing and how they can help each other. DMAX Clubs are for all students who care about mental health for themselves and others and want to participate in mental health related “Conversations That Matter”. DMAX Clubs involve “Conversations Meetings”, fun, food and activities. The clubs foster the mission of DMAX Foundation: to eliminate stigma and encourage safe and caring conversations about mental and emotional issues in our youth.

What is a DMAX Club Officer?

A DMAX Club Officer is a leader in the club.  This might be as President, Vice President, Treasurer, etc.  You will meet a few times per month with the other officers that make up the Executive Board, to plan meetings and activities for the Club. DMAX Club officers are “hosts” of the DMAX Club meetings, and are trained by the Counseling Center in active listening, handling emergencies and knowing how to refrain from crossing the line between Conversations That Matter and “therapy”.

What are the qualities/skills of a DMAX Club Officer?

Students from any major of field of interest are welcome!  The DMAX Club can help you build and improve leadership skills.  Here are some helpful leadership qualities::

  • Openness
  • Empathy
  • Honesty
  • Organization
  • Good communication skills
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Ability to lead, plan and execute meetings/events

What are the time commitment and requirements of a DMAX Club Officer?

DMAX Foundation makes starting a club easy! The DMAX Club Startup Guide and Operating Manual will take you step-by-step through the process.  You will also have a DMAX Foundation Staff Liaison to help you when you need it.

Starting a DMAX Club is much like starting any other club on your campus.  

  • Gather a few other students that are interested in assuming officer roles on the Executive Board.
  • Gain approval for the club from Student Affairs.  
  • Gather other members of the club and start holding meetings.  

DMAX Foundation is a National Mental Health Organization, so there few additional items:

  • Receive approval from DMAX Foundation via a few easy forms to fill out
  • Receive brief training by the Counseling Center that allows you to recognize and respond to mental health emergencies.
  • Add one, two or three additional officer positions
    • A National Liaison who communicates between the club and the Foundation
    • Two Conversation Leaders for the Conversation Meetings.  Any officer may be a Conversation Leader, or you may elect/appoint an additional one or two students for this role.

Once the club is up and running:

  • Officers hold and attend weekly Conversation meetings with the general membership
  • Officers attend Executive Board meetings each month
  • Officers plan and attend educational and fun activities each semester
  • Officers receive training from the Counseling Center
  • President communicates with DMAX Foundation a few times per semester
  • National Liaison communicates with DMAX Foundation when needed

What is the officer term length?

Most often, officers hold their position for one academic year, with new officers being elected at the end of the academic year.

Benefits:

As a DMAX Club Officers you have the opportunity to:

  • Build leadership skills to use professionally and personally
  • Be on the ground floor of a startup foundation and help it grow
  • Receive mental health training that can be used in your community and professional life.
  • Build your resume!
  • Become more valuable to potential employers as conversations about mental health are becoming increasingly important in the workplace.  
  • Network with Corporate Partners of DMAX who care about mental health including Fortune 500 leaders in consulting, engineering, finance, and pharmaceuticals.
  • Network with other DMAX Clubs
  • Increase mental wellness for your fellow classmates and help change the local/global conversation about mental health and wellness.

Looking for some inspiration?

Visit http://www.dmaxfoundation.org/dmaxclubs/ to learn more and meet leaders of DMAX Clubs.

Still have further questions or not sure about being a leader?

Contact us! Even if you decide not to be a DMAX Club Officer, the club would love to have you as a member. Let us know and we will add your name to your school’s DMAX Mailing List.

Are you ready to lead?

Contact Kris Kelley Majors, DMAX Foundation’s Outreach and Administrative Coordinator at kris@dmaxfoundation.org.

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