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Luke D. Maxwell

Luke D. Maxwell

Luke Maxwell

Travels from San Diego, California

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On December 3, 2012, 16-year-old Luke Maxwell took the family’s full-size van and violently crashed into an oncoming vehicle in an attempt to kill himself. His family was shocked. Luke didn’t tell anyone he had suffered from depression for four years, and he thought suicide was the only option to end his pain. Arrested for assault with a deadly weapon for seriously injuring the other driver, Luke was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder and started treatment.

As Luke’s recovery progressed, he formed teen depression support groups to prevent suicide and other self-harm. Now, Luke has found redemption by becoming close friends with the man he injured in the crash and by trusting in God’s plan for his life. His mission is to break the stigma of depression, bring awareness to the symptoms, give insight to parents, and let teens know that this medical condition is treatable, so hope can replace despair.

Luke Maxwell is the founder of U Can't B Erased, designed to break the stigma of teen depression and stop the epidemic of suicide in our country today, especially among Catholic youth. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 29 percent of high school age teens suffer from clinical depression and one in 12 has attempted suicide. Luke has appeared on television and radio, has been featured in newspapers, and speaks to teens and parents about this life-saving topic.

"Depression Confession: What Every Teen Needs to Know" 

-teen to teen
-my story
-signs of depression
-depression as a medical condition with available treatment
-main steps to recovery
-how to help a friend
-call to action for depressed teens and their friends
-Q & A

"Depression Confession" for Middle School 

-age appropriate for pre-teen/middle school audience
-signs of depression
-depression as a medical condition with available treatment
-main steps to recovery
-how to help a friend
-Q & A

"More Than Moody: Signs of Depression in Your Teen"

-teen to parent
-definition and symptoms of depression
-my story
-statistics
-help parents identify the signs of depression in their children
-what parents can do to help their teens improve in body, mind, and soul
-Q & A

 Testimony

-how I felt during my years of depression
-why I thought I needed to end my life
-details of what happened the day of my attempt (and afterward)
-how depression makes irrational thoughts seem reasonable
-regrets for my actions
-redemption
-hope for those struggling
-how to seek help
-Q & A

 

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