Please introduce yourself. What do you do? Why? What do you want people to know about you?
My name is Dashon Roach and I’m a 24 year old published model, published author, mental health advocate and CEO. I’m also the founder of a mental health awareness organization called United Fighters. The United Fighters Organization is dedicated to the fighters, the survivors and the supporters of the mental health community.
I was inspired to create The United Fighters Organization from my personal experience with dealing with mental health. I also just recently wrote a book called “Invisible Bullies” sharing my trials and battles with mental health. I suffered from chronic depression and social anxiety and it led me to self destruct. I’m also a two time suicide survivor as well and I use my story to help others.
I wrote my book in hopes that other fighters might read it and gain inspiration and choose not to give up. The feeling of being able to help others and make a change makes me feel jubilant! I’m a success story, because I thought my mental illness was going to end me but I survived! That makes me more happy than anything, because where I’m at today and the things I’m doing I never would’ve thought would happen. I’m blessed to know my pain had a purpose!
The United Fighters organization and my book “Invisible Bullies” makes me the happiest I’ve ever been in my life, because of the impact it’s making on the mental health community. I’m a fighter of mental health , a survivor of mental health, and now I’m a defense method for mental health!
What qualities make you different and unique from everyone else in the industry?
As someone who has personally experienced mental battles it allows me to deeply advocate for the mental health community. I know how it feels to suffer from an invisible illness and I also know how it feels to overcome an invisible illness so I can relate and help differently than most. My braveness makes a major impact within the mental health community, because this isn’t an easy topic to share with the world.
I openly speak on one of the darkest times of my life to bring light to a very sensitive topic. I strive to go above and beyond to be the brave voice for the mental health community. I’m very passionate about helping the ones in the mental health community who feel like their mental health will forever consume their daily life. The dauntless part of me allows me to be strong and brave enough to help others. The devotion and dedication I have for helping the mental health community is unmatched and writing my book is a prime example.
I want people to remember me as the nationwide hero for mental health. I want to be known as the brave voice who took a stand for the mental health community. I want to leave a great impact on as many people’s lives as possible. I want the world to see me as living proof that it is very much possible to survive a mental illness. I want the mental health community to be able to say “Dashon is the reason I kept fighting my mental battle” or “Dashon saved me!” I’m a success story, I overcame all of the adversity that was thrown at me in life.
The burdensome battles of my mental health nearly destroyed me back then, but now I’m using my story to help others get through their mental battles. I’m one of God’s strongest soldiers, I’m half woman and half warrior. I’ve survived mental health, I’m spreading awareness on mental health and now I’m helping others heal from mental health! I want to leave the legacy of being the nationwide hero for the mental health community!
Describe THAT moment when you realized you’re doing what you were born to do.
I would have never thought The Unitedd Fighters Organization would be thriving the way it is today. It has become something amazing for the mental health community! Unitedd Fighters started off as an Instagram account that gave encouraging content to the mental health community.
In the beginning I didn’t show the face behind the page from fear of being judged. One day I decided to take a leap of faith and told everyone what I was battling. It was shocking to many that I had a mental illness but the amount of people who were suffering that reached out also shocked me. I started speaking out more about mental health in hopes to get people to see how common and real it is.
My braveness inspired so many people to reach out to The Unitedd Fighters organization for help. I had all different types of people from all different types of backgrounds reaching out seeking help and at that moment I knew I was doing what I was born to do! God put me through my battle so that I could help others get through theirs.
The amount of people that I saw benefiting from The Unitedd Fighters organization inspired me even more to write my book. After releasing my book and getting the response from a reader “Your story saved me and has made me want to continue fighting” showed me I was doing exactly what God sent me to do! I thank God for choosing me to be the brave voice for the mental health community!
What’s been the biggest challenge you’ve had to go through and how did you grow through it?
In the very beginning of this journey as a mental health advocate I was extremely afraid of how society would view me. I was also afraid that my message wouldn’t get out there and I wouldn’t be taken seriously. My fear got the best of me at first but as someone who thought they would never be okay due to mental health then later came out on the winning end overpowered all of the fear I had.
I knew that I had a story that needed to be told and heard, I thought my mental illness was going to take me out and I thought there was absolutely no solution and to this day I’m thriving in the midst of being diagnosed with depression and social anxiety! It was unbelievable to me that I was actually able to heal and I knew it was many others who were living with that same mindset ready to give up. That life changing experience gave me a change of heart and made me ambitious to get my messages out there. I knew that advocating could have saved someone who was at the edge of ending it all. Once I let go of the fear and welcomed braveness it allowed me to thrive as a mental health advocate, CEO/Founder and author!
Who are the TOP 3 people you’d want to meet that could elevate your career or business? Why these specific individuals?
As someone who’s also an aspiring actress on top of being a mental health advocate and author, I would love to meet Taraji P. Henson. She is one of the most powerful women in that industry, because of her backstory and how she was still able to thrive within her career. As someone who is well known and respected in the acting community she still advocates for mental health. Taraji P. Henson is proof that depression or anxiety can stop you from living out your dreams. Another person who I would love to meet is Demi Lovato. She openly speaks on her mental health struggles and she also founded the Lovato Foundation to help people with mental health and their families. That’s so inspiring to me as someone who has started their own organization from a personal mental health battle. Lady Gaga is another amazing person I’d love to meet and connect with, she launched the Born This Way Foundation to promote mental health awareness. These are some of the most powerful mental health advocates out there, I love everything they do and stand for! They are so inspiring and I pray to some day be in the position to help in the way that they do!