DMAX Foundation is establishing DMAX Clubs on college campuses which provide 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. Learn more about DMAX Club by clicking on the tabs below. 
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What is DMAX Club?

DMAX Club is…

  • a student-led, mental health-related social club on a college campus, fostering the mission of DMAX Foundation

  • an environment for Friends Helping Friends where students can get together and talk about how they are doing, how their friends are doing and how they can help each other

  • for all students – those that may be concerned about this issue for themselves or others; and those that are facing mental health issues, emotional challenges or are experiencing stress related to being a college student

  • for Conversations That Matter, fun, food, and activities that are related to mental health

  • a space where students can be who they really are and don’t have to hide how they are really doing

DMAX Clubs follow a simple and effective model.

The Club student leaders are trained by their campus counseling center on:

  • active listening

  • campus emergency procedures

  • recognizing when referrals are necessary and knowing how to make them

  • avoiding engaging in “therapy”

DMAX Club Officers are guided by the DMAX Club Startup Guide and Operating Manual,  and the Tips Topics and Tactics Manual (a detailed reference guide to possible topics, activities, and events). Each year DMAX Clubs will host one or more events from a menu of activities provided by the DMAX Foundation that help raise awareness and eliminate stigma around mental health.

 

Join a DMAX Club

Join a DMAX Club!

Our active clubs are listed below.

Don't see your school listed? Click the tab above to "Start a DMAX Club"!

PENNSYLVANIA

 

Drexel University

Contact: DMAX_Drexel@dmaxfoundation.org

Penn State University

Contact: DMAX_PSU@dmaxfoundation.org

Temple University

Contact: DMAX_TU@dmaxfoundation.org
 
  

NORTH CAROLINA

 

Elon University

Contact: DMAX_Elon@dmaxfoundation.org

Start a DMAX Club

We are delighted that you want to start a DMAX Club at your school!

In a world where there are so many pressures and expectations, DMAX creates a safe space where students are invited to participate in Conversations that Matter. Conversations in which you are free to kick off your shoes and be yourself. To talk about what's going on in your life, share your thoughts, and learn about what's happening with your peers.

By starting a DMAX Club on your campus, you will become an officer of the club along with at least 3 of your peers. As officers, you become hosts for all club gatherings -- you set the calendar, individual agendas and lead other club members to establish topics and activities.

If you would like to start a DMAX Club at your school, please click the button below to fill out our Club form. Once you have filled out the form, we will contact you with more information and instructions on how to get started. We are here to help!

Be a DMAX Leader

Are you ready to lead?

What is a DMAX Club Officer?

A DMAX Club Officer is a leader in the club. You will meet each 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.

What Officer roles are available?

DMAX Club requires the following officer roles:

  • President: Runs the board meetings, enforces the rules specified in the Manual and the Club’s bylaws or constitution, oversees regular meetings along with the Conversation Leaders.

  • Vice President: In charge when the President is not available and in charge of coordinating other planned events and fundraising.

  • Treasurer: Handles the Club’s money, keeping track of revenue that may stem from fundraising, fees collected at events, or funding from the school or DMAX Foundation.  The Treasurer is responsible for the Club’s budget and pays the bills for the Club’s operations and activities and keeps records of all debits and credits for accounting purposes.

  • Secretary: Keeps a summary of each regular meeting on a form that the Foundation will provide, including topics discussed or activities conducted, attendance, a general impression about the meeting and any suggestions for future meetings; keeps minutes for the Board meetings; assists with the activities and events of the Club.

  • DMAX Club Conversation Leaders:  Essential to all DMAX Club chapters, there should be two students who lead regular Conversations Meetings. These positions may be filled by one or two of the main officers.  

  • National Liaison:  Maintains the Club’s relationship with DMAX Foundation.  Receives and distributes materials provided by DMAX Foundation.  Ensures that DMAX Foundation surveys and evaluations are conducted and returned to the Foundation no later than the due date.  

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

Students from any major or field of interest are welcome!  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/bi-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 Officer, 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.

How to apply:

To apply for a leadership position at an existing DMAX Club, click the button below to complete our Leadership Application.  

If your school does not have a DMAX Club and you would like to start one, click the tab above to learn how to "Start a DMAX Club." 

Still have 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.

DMAX Foundation contact: Kris Kelley Majors,  Outreach and Administrative Coordinator at kris@dmaxfoundation.org.

Stories

 

 

"I am interested in DMAX because I believe in the importance of starting a conversation about mental health. As someone who struggled with these issues, I know how lonely it can be and I want to provide a space for young people like myself to come and talk about how they feel. College can be stressful and it’s time we opened up about it!"- Cindy Fox, DMAX Club at Drexel University
 
 
“I am involved in DMAX because I suffer from very serious and sometimes debilitating mental illnesses. My overall goal is to help people like me and allow them to know that what they go through, they don't go through alone. .... The people are supportive in and out of meetings and it is something I've needed while at Elon but haven't always had. ”-Rachel Gledhill, DMAX Club at Elon University
 
 
 
 
“An incredible group of peers that come together over both the struggles and accomplishments faced in daily life. When you have no one else to turn to about your less-than-ideal week, the campus DMAX Club is always there with a listening ear and open arms. Here, we share food and tell our own stories of mental health and mental illness; we partake in activities … that inspire confidence and trust … Elon needs a DMAX Club to foster a safe environment led by students for students. … All college campuses could revel in a safe space - and family - like this on campus.” -Stefanie Milovic, DMAX Club at Elon University
 
 
 
"D-MAX has been a great place for college students to speak with each other about anything on their mind. It turns out that a lot of people have the same problems, and because of this we are able to share different opinions and ideas creating a neat atmosphere. We are one of the few clubs that are able to do this making D-MAX at Elon a valuable resource to others." -Ben Kleiman, DMAX Club at Elon University
 
 
 
"I am involved with DMAX Club because all humans struggle with mental health at some point in their lives and especially in college. Whether it be a mental illness or simply feeling stressed out, DMAX allows students like myself to have a place to talk about our issues with other students who may be experiencing similar difficulties in life...Our goal is to make friends and help each other out through this stage of our lives." -Samantha Soucy, DMAX Club at Elon University

Why DMAX ?

 

Over the past 12 months….

   

What is being done on college campuses to help?

University Commitment to mental wellness

    • Counseling Centers
    • Wellness Centers
    • Peer counseling
    • Gatekeeper training

Awareness and education

    • NAMI
    • Active Minds
    • Campus Mental Health student groups

What's missing?

Intimate conversations

  • Where students can talk about how they are doing, how their friends are doing and how they can help each other so they don’t have to:
    • Hide
    • Feel isolated or alienated

Talking, fun, food, and activities

But aren’t there already other mental health clubs on campus?

Many college campuses have chapters of Active Minds, NAMI and other important mental health organizations.

Other organizations:

  • Provide mental health advocacy and education.
  • Stress the importance of talking about mental health.
  • Use peer counseling on the phone or in groups where the counselor is there to help students with problems.

How are DMAX Clubs different?

DMAX Clubs:

  • A space for regular, caring conversations to share how you are really doing, with your fellow students.
  • For all students. Let’s face it, we are all stressed sometimes!
  • Is not a one way street.  It is Friends Helping Friends, because we can all help each other!
  • Socially focused, providing fun activities and stress relief strategies.
  • Partner with other campus mental health organizations.

 

 

 


For more support, please visit Half of Us at http://www.halfofus.com to find someone to talk to.
To learn more about depression, mental health challenges, and emotional troubles and what to do if you need help, go to: http://www.helpguide.org/index.htm
If you or somebody you know is in immediate danger of suicide, please call National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 right away for help.