The DASIUM Co-Founders’ Story
Geoffrey Davis was a young man in crisis who found the courage to reach out for help. At 20 years old, addicted to prescription drugs and alcohol, Geoffrey lost hope and attempted suicide. Not wanting others to suffer as he had, he wanted to share his story and help young adults with depression, addiction or suicidal thoughts realize they are not alone and help is available. He shared his idea with his mom…Judy.
Judy Davis is a nationally recognized speaker and business owner as well as an active duty military spouse and mom. She lived through the phone call telling her Geoffrey attempted suicide just hours before. When Geoffrey shared his idea with her, her business instincts kicked in. She instantly realized a business that could reach out, touch families and save lives was needed now, more than ever. She brought the idea to her friend and business partner…Sandy.
Sandy Fowler is a mom and entrepreneur. Although she didn’t know it yet, she was also a mom with a daughter in crisis. When Sandy first heard the business concept, she immediately started doing what she does best: sorting ideas into actionable strategies. As her own family’s story unfolded, she started sharing her story to help parents open their eyes to what’s really happening in their children’s lives.
Their combined experience and passion to bring awareness, knowledge and action to the growing crisis of teen and young adult suicide led to the birth of DASIUM.
Why the name DASIUM
In choosing our name, we were inspired by the word ‘origo’ which means origin, beginning, or where you come from; and the Fields of Elysium, which is from Greek mythology: a plane of existence reserved for the souls of the most heroic and virtuous individuals – a place of peace and beauty.
Since many of our clients are starting in a place where they are at risk for depression, addiction or suicide, we used the letters D from depression, A from addiction and S from suicide to represent those beginnings and what we want to prevent.
Putting it all together, we have DASIUM; a team of people helping individuals, families and organizations wake up to, and face the challenge of, teen and young adult depression, addiction and suicide.
Who We Help
We help teens and young adults at risk for depression, addiction and suicide.
Depression, addiction and suicide are not selective. Families from every race, income level, educational background and geographic location are finding themselves affected by this crisis. Challenges of military life, technology, decreased amounts of family time and the introduction of social media along with the pressure to succeed creates mounting stress that our children don’t know how to handle. As they search to relieve the stress, some turn to drugs, alcohol, food, self-harm and thrill-seeking behavior. We show them there’s another way.
How We Help
At DASIUM, we utilize the power of stories and personal experiences to deliver programs and resources in an engaging and effective way. We reach out to:
Teens and Young Adults – We provide coping strategies and a message of hope, guiding teens to reach out. We let them know they are not alone and it’s OK not to be OK.
Parents – We empower parents as we share the unspoken truth about the challenges facing their children. We educate them about at-risk behaviors, early warning signs and the importance of early intervention.
Support Organizations and Leadership Teams – We supply products and programs that expand and support current prevention efforts. Additionally, we provide relevant program development expertise.
Our targeted programs and resources provide insight and workable solutions from both the parent and child perspective, sharing the unspoken truth about families in crisis in a real, raw and relevant way.
The DASIUM Team
We are honored and grateful for all the people who support DASIUM. Our team is comprised of some amazing, passionate people who contribute in a wide variety of ways.