by Susan K. Gurley, ADAA Executive Director

We are proud to announce that the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) has been chosen from among hundreds of organizations as one of five finalists for the 2018 Outstanding Organization Award from the Child Mind Institute.

The Child Mind Institute is a national, independent nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders. Their annual Change Maker Awards celebrate individuals and organizations who raise awareness and dispel stigma, help children and families directly, or work to transform the way we understand and treat mental health and learning disorders.

The winner will be decided as a result of online voting which is open to the public as of today through March 23. We would really appreciate your support for us by voting for us today and spreading the word! Please note: one vote per email address per day may be entered. 


Past Change Maker Award winners include:

  • Former U.S. Representative, Patrick J. Kennedy
  • Tony and Grammy Award-winning Broadway Musical, Dear Evan Hansen
  • The National Association of School Psychologists
  • NFL Wide Receiver, Brandon Marshall
  • International Bipolar Foundation

The winner will be announced in early April and will receive the award at a ceremony hosted by NBC’s Cynthia McFadden in New York City on May 7. Other honorees that evening will include Activist Award winner, Glenn Close, the founder of Bring Change 2 Mind which promotes empathy and fights stigma; and Champion Award winner, California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, whose platform includes prioritizing mental health research and early intervention.

On the evening of May 7th, the room at Carnegie Hall will be filled with leaders from our field. We would love to be on the podium to receive the 2018 Outstanding Organization Award and provide a platform for ADAA's mission to fight mental health stigma and work towards finding a cure for anxiety, depression and co-occurrng disorders.

Please show your support for us by voting for us today and sharing this with your colleagues, friends and families.

And remember - you can only vote once a day but you can vote every day!

Thank you,

Susan Gurley
ADAA Executive Director