ADAA is very fortunate to receive many stories and to be the beneficiary of many school projects and fundraisers focused on raising awareness about anxiety and depression. We are honored to share these inspiring stories with our ADAA community. We thank everyone for collaborating with us to educate, raise awareness and #breakthestigma around mental illness. Interested in sharing your story or school project? Please send us an email!
- Laundry Should Be the Only Thing Separated by Color
- Stressed Out?
- Getting Involved, Making a Difference
- Scarlett Garden- Video - Depression
- Glow Again School Fundraiser - Depression
- Jane's Campaign - Depression
- Erika's School Project - Anxiety
We are 6th graders from Orchard Hills Middle School in Irvine, California. Our names are Katie Vu, Jacey Hwang, Gia Patel and Ally Wong. Recently our CORE class has been involved in service learning, where we learn by helping others. Students in our class researched organizations that help to solve problems in our world in learning groups. Our learning group decided to research about discrimination and its effects on victims. We choose ADAA as a beneficiary of our fundraising efforts because we recently learned about the Holocaust and heard a few survivors speak. This taught us what the horrors of discrimination and exclusion can do to people, which can cause them to be permanently scarred and depressed. When we found ADAA, it was the perfect chance to show how much we care about people who are bullied or discriminated against all over the world, which leads to anxiety and depression, and even suicide.
So far, we have had over 80 orders and have had a blast making the tie-dye t-shirts. It has been a great experience learning how to do business at a young age. We have to keep track of where the money comes from and where it will go. Our shirts sell for $7 each for the standard three colors in a spiral with our logo in the top right corner. Inside the logo we have ADAA and out motto, "Laundry should be the only thing separated by color." We believe that our shirts will remind everyone who wears them to be kind to everyone and not act differently to them just because they are a different race or religion. Our group would like to make a difference and change the world.
Teens and adults deal with stress in many ways, such as escaping through work, school, and family, the National Institution of Mental Health says.While reactions to stress are individually unique, there are general trends regarding how adults deal with stress and how teens do.Often, teens complain that they are stressed or anxious. Sometimes, comments like these are cast aside by adults.Teen stress stems from social and academic pressures, says Ms. Yaffa Goldsmith of Cedarhurst, NY. “I think kids have a lot on their plate,” she says. “They have a lot of academic and social demands, and I feel like they don’t have a lot of time to just be themselves.” Read more.
Research is no longer solely the province of the lab coat-wearing scientist. People diagnosed with mental illnesses, their family caregivers, healthcare providers, and social workers all can play a role in the research that affects the treatment of mental health.
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, or PCORI, is spearheading efforts to ensure the meaningful involvement of patients and other healthcare stakeholders throughout the research process. In the area of mental health, a patient-centered approach is critical. Read more.
Marisa Herrera-Keehn, Lance Rodriguez, Stephen Terry, and Bethany Martin created their senior thesis together - a short film called "Scarlett Garden" that tells the story about a girl named Scarlett who tries to help her brother out of his depression. When they receive the news about their stepfather not being able to recover from a liver disease, her brother turns to alcoholism and locks himself in his home for days at a time. Through their video, the students wanted to portray the reality, and sometimes severity, of adult depression and turned to ADAA's website for information and resources. The video shows the reality of depression but is also helpful as it shows that you are never truly alone in this world and that there will always be someone fighting for you. Part of the students' plan also involved donating any remaining funds from the project to ADAA to help our ongoing outreach and educational programs. ADAA is so appreciative of the $1,750 we received from Marisa and her friends and invite you to watch their powerful video here. (please note that the video contains a few violent scenes and scenes where alcohol is consumed).
My name is Mariah Dellinger and I am a junior at Lake High School in Stark County Ohio. I am in a two year Health Tech Preparatory program with about 24 other students. We learn a variety of things from medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, oral practicals of the ankle, knee, hip, shoulder, back and hand, and we also get state certified to do the vision, hearing, blood pressure, muscle imbalance, stereopsis and color deficit health screenings at the elementary, middle and high schools around us. As a part of this program, our teacher partnered with a program called AmeriCorps through NEOMED (Northeast Ohio Medical School) and they have advisors come to help us set up projects to help our community. Myself and 8 other students chose depression as the topic of our project. After a couple meetings of brainstorming, we came up with the idea to do a glow in the dark depression awareness walk around our high school stadium and track called "Glow Again." We decided to call it glow again because by the end of the event, we wanted those struggling with depression to be "glowing" and those who haven't struggled to stand with the others to "glow." Read more.
Jane Li's Sticker Campaign
From presidential campaigns to multiple celebrity deaths, 2016 has been pretty disappointing for people of all different backgrounds. To help encourage people and set a more positive tone for 2017, I designed stickers to remind us that "We Gon' Be Alright."
With Inauguration Day coming up in January and a connection between chronic stress and depression, overall depression rates are projected to increase in the near future. To help those affected by these events, I will be donating all of the proceeds from this campaign to ADAA one of the leading nonprofits that offers resources to anyone experiencing anxiety, depression, and other related disorders. Thank you to Jane and her supporters for raising awareness about anxiety and for selecting ADAA as your fundraiser's beneficiary. We are so grateful!
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Erika is a distinguished scholar at the Grosse Ile Middle School in Michigan. For my 7th grade year here at the middle school, I chose to research about anxiety because some of my friends have it and I wanted to try and help them out. I have only been researching about it for a few months and I already know so much about it! I have already helped my friends by making them stress balls and different gadgets to play with.They say that they are very helpful when it comes to a hard test or assignment.
At the exhibition in May, I will be presenting this project. I will be showing a poster board with facts that I have learned, a paper explaining what this organisation is for and what it does for people, and what the stress balls look like and feel like. When this school year ends I will not stop reaching and learning about anxiety I think this topic is very interesting and I would like to learn so much more about it!