Darkness Challenge 2020

Hi, I'm Darren Marlar.

As the host of the Weird Darkness  podcast, I have spent hours upon hours online looking for resources to help my listeners who deal with depression - something I struggle with myself.  The only organization I've found that specifically focuses on depression is The International Foundation for Research and Education of Depression (iFred).  Since connecting with the founder, Kathryn Goetzke, two years ago, I knew I'd finally found a resource I could confidently send people to who could find the help they needed when struggling to cope.  Since then, I've received dozens upon dozens of emails from my listeners thanking me for sharing the information that iFred provides on their website.  

iFred has, I truly believe, literally saved the lives of some Weird Darkness listeners over the past two years.

One of the greatest challenges when dealing with depression is the feeling of hopelessness, that you are alone, and that nobody understands.  It is for this reason that Weird Darkness has launched the #DarknessChallenge  campaign - to bring the darkness of depression into the light.  Our hope is that during the campaign, now through October 2020 (Depression Awareness Month) people will find it in their hearts to not only participate in the challenge to spread awareness but to also make a donation to The International Foundation for Research and Education of Depression , which they can do here or visit the organization's website and click on "DONATE" at the top of the page.

If you or someone you know suffers from depression, please consider making a donation

More information: iFred is a 501c3 organization whose primary purpose is to reduce and eventually eradicate the stigma associated with depression. Depression is treatable, yet due to the negative stigma less than 25% of those needing treatment are receiving treatment.  iFred seeks to destigmatize and rebrand the disease using the color yellow, the sunflower and a focus on hope to increase treatment rate to 100%.


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Darren Marlar 
Loves Park, IL
iFred (iFred, International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression) 
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