Dropkick Depression, Inc.
Years ago, I started Dropkick Depression as a place for people to come and talk about their feelings and share their experiences with mental illness and depression. Through this platform, over a dozen wrestlers shared their experiences in published form through the Kicking Out at Two book series. Shortly after that, DD transformed into a fundraising platforms for non-profit organizations like the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
I've always wanted to do more with Dropkick. I always wanted it to go above and beyond what it currently is. I wanted it to become a full force in the mental health awareness field. Through professional wrestling, stories of mental illness, struggle and triumph, good and evil can be laid out in a physical form that would entertain all audiences. Wrestling can be used to explain how bullying is not okay, how you have to keep standing when you get knocked down, and how you have to keep fighting and never give up. I've always wanted to use the platform as a learning experience for those who happened to see it.
I've come up with road blocks and issues in the past by being just a one-person machine that operated through social media. It was hard to be taken seriously, it was hard to expand beyond the small bubble of JUST the professional wrestling world. I had all these ideas of programs I wanted to run with Dropkick. Things like helping pay for people to get mental health care when they couldn't afford it. Things like doing anti-bullying presenations and events with schools. Things like partnering with non-profits to put on mental health awareness activities. So many ideas but so many road blocks.
Today, the road blocks have changed. I can't say there won't be more. But I can say they are gone for now. This is the scariest, but best thing I could have ever done and I'm ready for the road ahead. Today is the first day of the next chapter in my life. Why is that?
Because as of today, August 12th, Dropkick Depression is no more. In it's place... Dropkick Depression, Inc., a fully formed licensed and registered US non-profit organization has opened.