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 are graciously donating proceeds from the sale of clothing items, and other products that we invite you to explore. You can search all stories by disorder and by population by clicking on the search bar to the right of this page.

We encourage you to share why you have chosen to become an ADAA Ally by sending us an email: lbram@adaa.org. 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!

by 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.

by 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.

by 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. 

by 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.

by 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 APA.org).

by 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. 

by 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?

by 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. 

by 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.

by 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.

by 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. 

by 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. 

by 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.

by 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.

by 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.

by 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.

by 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.

by 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.

by Shane Gann

Sufferer was formed from a desperate need to hear the anxious and depressive voices in my head, separately from within. 

The thought spurred me to action, the first song fully written as soon as I picked up my guitar. After came an onslaught of ideas, and within a span of a few hours, I had a full song, parts for others, and the two basic concepts: