Do it for Daron (DIFD)

Inspiring conversations – raising awareness –  transforming youth mental health

In November 2010, 14-year-old Daron Richardson died by suicide. From this tragedy, Daron’s friends and family formed a grassroots movement with a mission of raising awareness, inspiring conversations, and transforming youth mental health.

DIFD supports education, awareness, and research initiatives at The Royal that encourage young people to talk openly about mental illness and to ask for help when needed, without fear or shame.



"We made the decision to speak publicly about suicide because we wanted to make a difference in other people’s lives." 



Shawville DIFD 3-Pitch Tournament
DIFD Weights For Wellness

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Youth in auditorium

Is It Just Me? Conversations about Mental Health

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1145 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1Z 7K4