Geek Wellness Education was started by our president, David Lane, a lifelong fan of Horror, Sci-Fi and Superheroes...and a lifelong sufferer of Depression and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. After a period of mental health crisis in 2019, while getting the (continuing) professional help that he needed, he realized that, for years, it was his love of genre properties that kept him alive and knowing that others in the community suffer from mental health issues, he wanted to help reach them. This Podcast Will Save The World (inspired by the 2019 sci-fi horror film Starfish) was soon launched, which promotes new movies and discusses the psychological and cultural issues in them,
After the April 29th, 2020 death of Chucky co-creator John Lafia, the decision was made to host a convention event in his honor that would also provide mental health resources and education. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that event was cancelled, but it allowed time to expand the idea. Instead of one event, there would be many, at conventions across the country. A corporation was formed, 501c3 status granted and we launched our first initiative: Horror Heals: A Tribute to Child's Play's John Lafia.
We also expanded into other concepts, such as the Mental Health Academia: The Psychology of Anime panel, GWE's A Real American Hero Mental Day, which provided mental health treatment for geeky veterans and their families and as COVID allows, we have cosplay superheroes visit children who are battling life-altering illnesses.
GWE is also a proud member of the Mental Health Storytelling Coalition, and along with our partners, help to craft and promote the Mental Health Media Guide for use in tv and film.
We aren't mental health professionals, we're just a bunch of geeks who recognize that like any great franchise, YOUR story isn't over yet.