Mental illness can effect us all. You, the people close to you... we all have dark cloudy days, we all handle them in our own way. Some of us wish we had people to help us handle it and some, unfortunately simply go with out help. Awareness of the issue is important. Our youth need to know they can talk to someone.

"On November 13, 2010, 14-year-old Daron Richardson died by suicide. From this tragedy came a movement to transform youth mental health. Spearheaded by Daron’s parents Luke and Stephanie Richardson, who decided to transform their very private pain into a public call-to-action, a decision was made to support young people who suffer in silence from the pain and stigma of mental illness. Supported by the energy and efforts of dozens of Daron’s close friends and classmates, a grassroots movement was formed with the mission of creating awareness, inspiring conversations, and transforming youth mental health.

Do It For Daron (DIFD) encourages young people to talk openly about mental illness and to ask for help when needed. DIFD provides young people, their parents, teachers, coaches and other adult role models with the resources, outlets and, most importantly, courage to overcome the shame and fear of discussing mental illness. The purple DIFD heart, a creation inspired by Daron’s favorite color, has become the youth-driven symbol of this movement. It is a visual reminder that only love and awareness, not hiding in the shadows, can combat youth mental illness." - DIFD Website


This great benefit for the Mental Health Association of The Southern Tier to provide scholarships for area youth leaders and coaches to become certified in Mental Health First Aid will be held February 14th at 7:05 game time at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena!

Check out the flier!