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  • [Video] Improving your Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    We are all experiencing a lot of stress, anxiety, and depression from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, where we are dealing with the loss of ...
  • Giving thanks to veterans for Thanksgiving

    We raised money on Veterans Day so we decided to donate the funds towards helping veterans for Thanksgiving. We reached out to local organizations to connect with veterans who might need a little sense of inspiration. We wanted to provide them with full Thanksgiving meals that include everything they need to enjoy the holiday with their families.

  • Youth Suicide Rate is on the Rise

    Suicide rates have increased in recent years among young adults in the U.S., based on a new federal report. Six students who had attended Herriman High School in Utah committed suicide within the same year in 2017, which is why the Wall Street Journal visited and created the video above.

    According to the report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the suicide rate among young adults ages 10 to 24 years old increased by 56% between 2007 and 2017.

  • Our First Fundraiser

    Last weekend we held our first official fundraiser for Start Day One. The fundraiser was to start promoting our "Mental Break" campaign for kids. What we are wanting to do is to get out to the local schools, middle and high schools in the area and have an assembly where we can talk to kids about our approach to mental health and suicide.

    Kids today have a lot of pressure on them, and they all need that mental break! Lord knows I need to take a 10-minute break every day to clear my head and focus on what I need to do and how I am going to handle certain things. Putting things into the right perspective and taking a deep breath and then conquering it all! 

  • Hosting Our First Fundraising Event

    We are hosting our very first fundraising event for our non-profit foundation, Start Day One!

    For a $30 Entry Donation, you will be eligible to receive FREE appetizers and a chance to win the GRAND DOOR PRIZE!

    We will also be running a Chinese Auction for multiple prizes donated by businesses supporting our cause. We will have tickets available for purchase to put towards the items in the auction! We will also be doing a 50/50 raffle during the event!

  • World Suicide Prevention Day 2019

    World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10, 2019, our founders spent the day in downtown Toms River speaking with the kids from Toms River High School South. We were contacted by Ocean Partnership for Children, a State-run organization that helps kids in need.

    They wanted to do something for the kids of the town and needed some help planning and putting an event together. After a long meeting with a room full of people, social workers and experts, Dare to Care was born!

  • The Beginning of Our Foundation

    The creation of our suicide prevention foundation was influenced by our inspirational apparel brand because of our mission to inspire and motivate people to live life and take risks. We keep the brand integrated because of the importance of making a decision.

    We never really mentioned suicide to customers since we didn't want to exploit my experience with the loss of my brother from suicide. But then I realized that my conversations with people about it helps people.

    Most suicide prevention organizations have a reactive approach and wait for you to have suicidal tendencies. After speaking to hundreds of people, we believe that it's more effective to have a proactive approach by speaking to people before they even come close to having suicidal tendencies.