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Invisible Pain Day 2024

Invisible Pain Day 2024

Bringing us together every January 7th to commemmorate those whom we have lost to suicide due to mental illness while encouraging surviving loved ones.

Sunday, January 7th 2024

11:30 AM - 3:30 PM at the Middlessex County Fire Academy
1001 Fire Academy Dr, Sayreville, NJ 08872

Suicide Data update According to CDC:

After 2 consecutive years of declines in suicide (47,511 in 2019 and 45,979 in 2020), 2021 data indicate an increase in suicide to 48,183, in the United States.

For more information visit:

988 Suicide & Clrisis Lifeline
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Who We Are

The Darren Clark Jr. Memorial was founded on April 5th, 2018 in memory of Darren Clark Jr. Darren passed away as a result of suicide due to mental illness. Read more...

Our Mission

We aim to bring education to family and friends of those suffering from Mental illness as well as implement coping skills and awareness in schools.


Mental illnesses are health conditions involving changes in emotion, thinking or behavior (or a combination of these). Mental illnesses are associated with distress and/or problems functioning in social, work or family activities.

It is nothing to be ashamed of. It is a medical problem, just like heart disease or diabetes.

Mental illness is common:


Americans live with a mental illness

1 in 5 adults in America live with a mental illness. That’s approximately 43.8 million people


Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in the U.S. for people 15 to 24 years of age.

1 in 5 adults in America live with a mental illness. That’s approximately 43.8 million people


US adults with a mental condition received mental health services in 2015.

1 in 5 adults in America live with a mental illness. That’s approximately 43.8 million people

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Deirdre Allette Asiema - Founder & Director

Hello! I'm
Deirdre Allette Asiema

Founder of the Darren Clark Jr Memorial

Meet the Team


"I had struggles, even regrets of my past but Darren memorial foundation made me feel that these were not my own struggles and that I was not alone. In Darren memorial I found the hearts that showed care at my worst and arms that held me at my weakest." - D.O.
"The Darren Memorial Foundation….has assisted my family and myself with help locating trusted therapists. (I have two children with emotional sickness.). They have been an integral part of our lives. Without this foundation I am quite sure I would have needed services myself. With all the love I have inside, I say thank you for your kindness, love, support and never-ending selflessness in the help and attention that you provide children, women, and families in need. May you continue to be Blessed and a Blessing." - T.D.
"The Darren Clark Jr Memorial foundation has helped me tremendously particularly the time when I was dealing with the effects of spousal abuse, and I couldn't see a therapist because of covid pandemic. The foundation provided an avenue where I could share my experience with people who were going through the same situations in life. More importantly the therapist who occasionally joined us during our monthly zoom meeting advised me on ways of dealing with effects of domestic abuse and exhorted me to seek professional help specifically anxiety and panic attacks. Also, the foundation enabled me to open up and narrate my experience pertaining to abuse. Before, I joined the foundation, I used to be an introvert who kept mostly to myself and didn't share my problems. This has been possible because Darren Clark Jr Memorial family members are nonjudgmental, and everything is treated with confidentiality. Moreover, my interactions with other members of Darren Clark Jr Memorial foundation have taught me that my problems are not terminally unique. Many other people are going through the same things and have the same mindset as I do which I really found comforting. Furthermore, the foundation has taught me that I should stop worrying about things that I cannot control but I should appreciate and enjoy the small things that are going on around me every day. Finally, the through the foundation, I have learned that mental health is just as important as physical health. Therefore, I need to listen to what my body is telling me. This has helped me to cope with anxiety attacks especially through breathing exercises, walking, exercises, yoga, and meditation. The foundation has been like a family to me, and I will always be eternal grateful to its leadership." - S.F.