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Past Events

Mental Health Workshop for Youth Young Adults and Parents

Our founder, Deirdre Alette Asiema, spoke at the Mental Health Workshop for Youth Young Adults and Parents.

June 3rd 2023, 11 am to 3 pm.

Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day This day features a panel discussion including family members impacted by mental health and suicide; and professionals who provide support to youth and families. Together, potential solutions for care and suicide prevention could be available for attendees. WHEN: Thursday, May 11, 2023 at 6:00 p.m.  WHY: Because Children’s Mental Health Matters Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day seeks to increase understanding about the importance of children’s emotional and mental health challenges. It can also increase public awareness about these challenges and foster resilience in families. We are focusing on suicide prevention and providing resources to help benefit youth, young adults, parents, and professionals. The mission of this event is to prevent suicide and support those affected by suicide. If you have questions, please email us at or call (973) 395-1441, extension 219

Back to School Mental Wellness Day

EAST ORANGE, NJ — The Darren Clark Jr. Memorial foundation hosted a Back-to-School Mental Health Day at Watsessing Park in East Orange on Saturday, Aug. 27. The event served more than 100 underserved students from Essex County, providing backpacks or messenger bags filled with age-appropriate school supplies to students who participated in the four activities meant to help them learn more efficient mental health coping mechanisms.

The Essex and Passaic counties chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness assisted in the mental health stations, which consisted of journaling, yoga, art therapy and a check-in chat with a therapist. The health departments of Essex and Morris counties, along with the East Orange Police and Health departments, contributed to the event by speaking with students and their families to inform them of options for mental health support within their community.

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Back To School 2023

Stigma Free Somerset County Mental Health Conference

Our founder, Deirdre Alette Asiema, will be speaking at the Stigma Free Somerset County Mental Health Conference on Friday May 19th 2022. Location: Raritan Valley Community College 118 Lamington Road Branchburg, NJ 08876 United States Date and time: Friday, May 19 · 9:30am – 3pm EDT

360 Arts All Around

360 Arts All Around, is a 6-week program for youth aged 7-17, that offers a creative platform where the fundamentals of various art forms are explored, all against the backdrop of mental health awareness. This program provides a secure space for young individuals to express themselves through art, fostering both artistic skills and mental well-being. Participants spend six weeks delving into specific art forms, climaxing in a talent showcase during the seventh week to exhibit their newfound talents. More than an arts program, 360 Arts All Around empowers youth to embrace creativity while promoting mental health resilience throughout their journey.

Tricky Tray Fundraiser 2023

The Darren Clark Jr. Memorial’s annual Tricky Tray Fundraiser where all proceeds go towards bringing education and resources on mental health and suicide prevention.

Tricky Tray Fundraiser