ADAA Allies

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. Thank you!

IInterested in sharing your raising awareness story? We welcome your ADAA Ally project/campaign and why you would like to have ADAA share your story with our communities. In 750 words or less (and please provide a brief title) please let us know why you are an ADAA Ally. Please focus on the therapy or other treatments that have helped you. 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 up to three photos. 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. 


If accepted, we will feature your story on the website, as well as in an upcoming issue of Triumph- ADAA's monthly free e-newsletter, and through our social media platforms. Together we can triumph over anxiety and depression and together we will #breakthestigma!

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Kristina Rudzinskaya
If you feel lost or depressed in your life, we see you and we feel you. I hope my story helps to restore hope in your heart. There’s always light after darkness! 
Justin Bernardez
I prioritized reading, journaling, meditating and therapy as the first ways to get myself back on track. I used music and my voice to talk about my experiences and the constant state of overthinking and anxiety that I was in.
Yuliya Osyka
“Self Care” is a self-initiated social project, consisting of 12 illustrated posters dedicated to showing ways to take care of oneself in depression.
Amy Diener
After viewing my art and story, I want others to understand that we are not alone in this and should not be embarrassed of our struggles. Instead, acknowledge them and work hard to triumph over them.
Robert Vickery
As a Twitch Streamer,  a live-streaming platform for gamers, I plan to give back to people who are feeling the same way I felt, and to create a safe place where people can come and hang out and talk about life. Because life is hard and we can't do it alone. 
Jelisa V. - Owner/Founder, Ambient Wick
Within a month of getting started, I knew that I wanted my brand to do something bigger than just sell candles. That is when I started thinking about what is important to me and how I wanted to impact the world, and with mental health being a cause that is close to my heart, I started seeking organizations to support.
Emily Stetzer
Through years of sharing one anxiety-ridden saga after another, we’ve come to learn that, though our OCD came in many different forms or “flavors,” we shared very similar mindfulness techniques to help us cope with our anxiety.
Cassidy Walker
I used to pass out from anxiety... yes, you heard me. I actually would faint from stress. At one point in my life, I finally gave up and told people "Yes, I am lying about my fainting spells", because I had no idea what was going on.
Christopher Marcel
While many around me do not know, I am no stranger to anxiety myself. I suffer daily from OCD and I am in a constant battle to control it. I understand the importance of having the right resources and access to information to learn how to overcome mental illness.
Adnan Alkhalili

"Anxiety Personal Story - Free the Bird"My name is Adnan Alkhalili, a 16 year old born and raised in the state of New Jersey that founded Free The Bird (, an unincorporated nonprofit association/foundation run by the youth for the youth in an effort to break free of the dysphoria.

I was only 11 years old but I was broken and I remember everything as if it were yesterday. My family and I spent years suffering mentally and emotionally and sometimes physically too. We were a Carribean-American family with a different view on the resources we had available to us.
Sarah McKinnon
I wasn’t normal, but somehow, to the world and medical spreadsheets I was, “just an average kid with anxiety” and not a kid who desperately needed help.
Carima J. Cassell
I believe my experience with anxiety started much sooner than I was able to understand what the word "anxious" really meant. As a child, I struggled with my weight.
Betsy Blackwell

Sunset Therapy Apparel is a Mom and Daughter business that was created to spread awareness and offer support for those who are personally affected or have loved ones affected by mental illness. In the United States alone, 1 in 5 adults will experience a mental illness at some point in their lives.

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.