ADAA Allies/Supporters

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/Supporter 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/Supporter. 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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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. 

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. 

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. 

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.

Briana Stanley

My name is Briana Stanley, I am a college student who has dealt with depression for a long time. Growing up, I never had a name for it, but I knew I was off.  Within my community, things like depression and anxiety don’t exist. Studies show otherwise, but culturally, minorities choose to believe they can not have these types of issues.

Amaranthia Sepia

My name is Amaranthia Sepia (meaning Eternal Brown Flower). I’m a 19-year-old comic artist of African American and Caribbean descent. At age eight, two years after I returned from Tokyo, I declared my purpose to become a successful comic artist. My comic series featuring my character “Emo Bunny” is art therapy. It expresses the struggles of living with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and my experiences with bullying.

Albert Dabah

I recently finished a film titled Extra Innings, a family drama 20 years in the making that I wrote, produced, directed, and acted in, based on my own life. Extra Innings tells the story of David Sabah, who pursues his dream of playing baseball while staying devoted to his Syrian Jewish family. However, a tragic loss makes reconciling the two worlds almost impossible.

Adrian Sutherland

It was three years ago. I had just gotten back from my month-long annual spring hunt out on the land, during which time I had no contact with the outside world.

Alexander Lubinsky

“I’m Fine” follows an unemployed college-grad as he battles his depression alone, sending him down a dark path. The idea for this film came to me from my own experiences struggling with depression. Beginning in my high school years, I found myself having difficulty finding any joy in life.

Maritza Navarro

I’ve been struggling with panic disorder for 16 years. I still work every day to tame my incessant worry and paralyzing fears. I created Hyper-Ventilate, an immersive performance, to encourage people to air out their experiences with anxiety and hopefully transform the audience’s understanding of mental health. 

Brady Altland

At AMG, we strive for excellence from our organization, our artists and our team in not just the work that we do in the music industry, but in our work in the community as well. When planning our spring concert/tour schedule, CEO and founder, Brady Altland, decided he wanted to plan a charity event or concert to give back to the community.

Melissa Osburg

I have suffered with anxiety since I was a child. It has come and gone until approximately three years ago when it rocked my entire world. This disease came out of nowhere and hit me like a ton of bricks. The irrational fears that would cycle in my brain are uncontrollable. My anxiety and panic attacks started running my life, I did not want to leave the comfort of my own home for the fear of having a panic attack in public.

Brittany Clarke

I used to believe that I was alone. That every day was 3 am, with no one around to see me through a hard time. No one could possibly understand my inner turmoil. This is a little snippet of my story to discovering how wrong I was.

Simon Bank

simon bank 1_0.jpgMy name is Simon Bank. I am 12 years old and I am from Los Angeles, California. I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder with Obsessive Thoughts and I am not ashamed of it. I was first diagnosed when I was 7 years old. At that time, I did not know why I was going to a therapist, or even what a therapist was. When I think back, anxiety has been a part of my life ever since I can remember.  

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