Hey, fam. The name’s Donaven Lucas Anwell (formerly Donaven Blake Smith). I’m 22-years old and am currently an online psychology student at the University of Colorado Denver and a Mental Health Worker at a hospital in Jacksonville, North Carolina. I’d describe myself as an incredibly empathetic vegan, human rights advocate, and mental health activist who is passionate about shedding light on injustice, into the darkest crevices of our society, by dedicating my life to serving others.

“The end of all education should surely be service to others.” –Cesar Chavez

My long-term goals include finishing my undergraduate degree as fast as I can and immediately pursuing a Master’s in Social Work from a reputable graduate school. I intend on earning the title of Licensed Clinical Social Worker and working with individuals in dual-diagnosis treatment programs. I know I’m being called to work with people in recovery from addiction and mental illness.

The population I’ll work with are people just like me.

I grew up in a Marine Corps family, which not only granted me the opportunity to attend high school in Okinawa, but allowed for me to develop a culturally sensitive and broad worldview, as well.

Here’s a picture of my family. I’m the brown kid rocking the bow-tie and gray cardigan on the right. I’m the proud brother of the girl behind me and my parents… well, that doesn’t matter.


I  write music, play piano, and sing. But if you’ve clicked around this website, you probably already know that.

I’m in recovery from substance abuse, Bipolar II Disorder, and Borderline Personality Disorder. I track my recovery on social media using #recoverywithdonaven. Join the conversation!

If you want to know more about me, there’s an Ask Me Anything page where you can do exactly that: ask me anything. Also, when leaving a comment anywhere on my website, I don’t require your name or your email. Although I would appreciate names, if the situation requires that you keep it anonymous, do it. Live your dreams.

Thanks for checking up on me. Keep moving forward and remember that you are loved.

Always with hope,