The Makeshift Movement to hold inaugural meeting


Created in memory of Anthony DiRocco, who committed suicide in September 2014 and named after “Makeshift”, the name of a self-made skateboard/hangout area that Anthony frequented growing up in Oceanside, a new group is forming to tackle mental health, suicide and substance abuse issues.

The Makeshift Movement aims to provide a safe space where people can talk openly about those topics. The group will present both individuals who have had or are having experiences with those issues, inn addition to drug and mental health experts.

The group aims to give a voice to those struggling with mental illness and addiction and encourage them speak up before it’s too late; equip individuals with the tools to support their family members and friends; and empower communities to identify and confront these issues head on. This will be done by hosting community events, creating a clearinghouse of easily accessible resources through social media platforms and a mobile friendly website, and providing a clear path to access.

Find The Makeshift Movement online at, Instagram and Twitter @makeshiftmvmt. For general inquiries or to share your story, please contact

The inaugural meeting will be at the Oceanside Library on August 18, at 7 p.m. and it is open to the public. Those planning on attending are encouraged to RSVP to or on the Facebook event page: The Makeshift Movement Inaugural Meeting and Panel. The Makeshift Movement’s panel is a part of the library’s Healthy Oceanside Series.