ADAA Allies

Every donor is special. Every reason someone donates to ADAA is unique. We are very grateful for the many ways that donors choose to support our mission. We are also so thankful for those in our ADAA community who raise awareness about mental health issues and work with us to #breakthestigma. We invite you to read donors' and ADAA allies' stories and campaigns below. There are also a number of companies that graciously donate proceeds from the sale of clothing items, and other products.

In a story of 500 to 750 words, please share your ADAA Ally project/campaign and why you would like to have ADAA share your story with our communities. Please provide a brief title and focus on the therapy or other treatments that have helped you manage or overcome your illness. Please include how ADAA's website or resources have helped you. In order to publish you story on our website and to share it on our social media platforms, we require that you use your real name and include a photo. Please note that we do not accept advertorials or stories that promote individual or organizational fundraising. We reserve the right to reject any story that we do not feel is appropriate to share. 



We encourage you to share why you have chosen to become an ADAA Ally by sending us an email: [email protected]. We will feature your story here, in our monthly free e-newsletter, and through our social media platforms. Together we will triumph over anxiety and depression and together we will #breakthestigma!

I run my fundraiser as SpairTyme, the host of a small channel on the live streaming service called Twitch. I have seen how anxiety and depression has affected the lives of a number of people very important to me. So I decided to use my hobby to help educate and support mental health awareness.
Jordan Friend

Many of us involved in the arts maintain a complicated tango with our mental health. For someone like me, a theatre director, actor and songwriter with lifelong OCD and anxiety, an overactive imagination has been a source of both severe difficulties and some of my most creative work. The same impulse that makes me need to touch everything three times is the one that, when I’m staging a show, makes me meticulous about finding the perfect image.

Kate Kalinowski

Mama K Breaking Bath is a small bath and body company based out of Durham, North Carolina. Kate Kalinowski, owner and artisan behind all Mama K products, firmly believes in self care that takes place both mentally and physically. While bath bombs and luxurious soaps are a fun part of self care, caring for one’s physical and mental health is more complex than bath products alone.

Mighty Miniatures

 Each of our mighty miniatures are perfectly imperfect and beautifully flawed, as is the human spirit. And don’t underestimate their size, for they may be itty-bitty, but with the biggest of hearts, the most positive of attitudes, and the purest mindset, they are here to bring a bit of light, love, and whimsy to you and your loved ones. It’s about finding happiness in the “little” things.

How it all started:

David Miller

From 2010 through 2018, I worked for the federal government as an Equal Employment Opportunity Investigator. I investigated allegations of discrimination in the workplace based on disability. Though it was a rewarding career, the symptoms related to my diagnosis of general anxiety disorder made it difficult to complete the essential functions of my job. I subsequently focused on my mental health towards the end of 2018.

Rebecca Rose

OCD, ADHD, Depression, and Anxiety: these are the mental illnesses I’ve dealt with my entire 33.5 years of life. I spent many of those years not knowing there was a name for what I was experiencing, that there were things I could do and people I could talk to to help navigate life with mental illness. 

Adam Graser

The Custom Journal is a wellness company that uses the power of personalized journaling to help mitigate the everyday feelings of anxiety and stress.

Carlos Torres

XIETY” was inspired by my very own journey with generalized anxiety. It’s an internal battle I’ve struggled with for years all while keeping it hidden from 98% of those who know me. It’s been a battle, but I’m grateful to say that I’ve learned to manage it without ever taking any sort of medication.

Edison Konan

You may know this already, 7.7 million youth in America alone will suffer from a mental health disorder this year! Over 11% of these cases will lead to suicide.

Coming from west Africa my family and I never understood the importance of mental health. 

Manas Jha

These are the words I could never say in school. Every day was a silent struggle... Praying my name wasn’t called in class, avoiding friends on the soccer field, and engaging in substances that I was far too young to experience.

Amaranthia Sepia

“Discarded” and “Subjugated” are part of a series called "Surviving in Isolation: The Black Mental Health Experience." These pieces are featured in Atac160 x ARTivism Initiative’s activism art show “Postcard Project”. Both are about the feeling of isolation and abandonment many black people with mental illness struggle with. As of 2015, only 4% of therapists are black ("How Diverse Is the Psychology Workforce" via

Adam Joel

What if your mental health came to life as shifts in the weather?

That’s the plot of my short film Under the Weather.

I made this film because I loved someone with undiagnosed depression, and we never really talked about it. Dark days came and went like weather patterns. When I tried to “cheer her up,” it was like sunlight burning her eyes. When she tried to push me away, it was like a windstorm blasting me out the door. 

Amanda Bloom

Growing up, I always worked hard in school to get good grades.  When I entered high school, however, that can-do enthusiasm rapidly eroded into overwhelming fear.  With thoughts of college looming over my head like an oncoming freight train, and all my teachers constantly stressing that every test score would follow me for life as part of my “permanent transcript,” worries escalated into full-blown anxiety.  Will my SAT scores be good enough?

Frederic Terral, Founder of Pockitudes

For years, I struggled with depression, anxiety, and a critical inner voice. From an early age, I remember feeling anxious and unhappy. The smallest challenges, mishaps, or failures put me in a downward spiral of shame and self-deprecation. My entrenched inner critic never focused on the things I did right, and only served as a daily reminder of all the things I did wrong. It trained me to become a victim and a negative thinker. I never imagined this would change. 

Stacy Pierce

Work It Towels is a San Diego, CA mother and son premium fitness towel business created to inspire every body to move. Our gym towels are incredibly soft, absorbent and motivational. We strongly believe exercise plays a significant role in maintaining positive mental health. And as such, we are donating 20% of sales from our newest collection to support ADAA's mission.

Jasmin Correa

I directed my high school senior film, "Crooked Parallel Lines" based on my own struggles with OCD. I personally struggle with colors especially green and red, I see green as good luck and red as bad luck. I end up spending a lot of time avoiding red and constantly touching green things. In addition to that I also had problems with numbers and organization. It was all due to stress and anxiety.

Elina Radushinsky

I grew up with a bit of anxiety, yet I was never fully quite aware that anxiety is what I was dealing with. It was always something the led me to second guess a decision or look negatively at all that encompassed me as a person. Yet it was just a voice that I believed everyone had to deal with from time to time. 

Leo Nima

It’s an epidemic that is silently crippling good people all over the United States, and you or someone you know might already have it. It doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor, educated or naturally enlightened, talented or not, anxiety and depression holds no prejudice and knows no bounds. 

Trevor Hill

Mental illness is something many people take too lightly until it’s too late. When I nominated ADAA as the charity for Fashion for Life, I wanted it to make a statement about something not many people talk about. I have suffered from major depression and anxiety for the last few years now. It is something I don’t believe will ever fully go away. However, it is something I have learned to control and not let it control me.