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 us. 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 public ambassadors' 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 your story with ADAA by sending us an email: lbram@adaa.org. We will feature your story here and through our social media platforms. Together we will triumph over anxiety and depression and together we will #breakthestigma! Click here for tips on how to reduce stress while event planning.

by Marisa Brincat

Nova and Skye_1.jpgNova & Skye is a lounge-wear brand that supports anxiety and mental health awareness. In July of 2018, Marisa Brincat was working at her part-time job and realized it was time for a change. As someone who had suffered with anxiety for several years, Marisa felt happiest and most constructive when working on a positive project. She sparked the idea of starting a lounge-wear brand.

by Sydney Franklin

Challenger Deep - FINAL_0.jpgIn support of October being National Depression Education & Awareness Month, singer-songwriter Sydney Franklin will be releasing a new single, “Challenger Deep”, along with an official music video on Friday, October 26th. 

by Taylor Brown

KORA4 (2)_1.jpgI’ve always been passionate about fitness. I think that it does so much good for both the body and the mind. My passion led me to become a personal trainer, which while it could be extremely rewarding, also exposed how degrading and selfish the fitness industry could be. Even though I loved helping my clients change their lives and find new self-confidence, I grew disenchanted with the industry as a whole and eventually had to get out.

by Adam Carey

Adam Carey_0.jpgI am writing to share a personal story of how a young man close to me suffered from mental illness and saw no other way out and took his own life. He was a well-respected member of the community and was passionate about many organizations, ADAA being one of them. It was his wish, in lieu of flowers that donations were dispersed among those organizations. 

by Sabrina Bruno

20180527_123207 (2)_0.jpgI designed my poster with the intent of showing that reaching happiness was possible; healing was possible. The bottom half of the poster represents the soul being trapped, surrounded by darker colors. I hoped to achieve what an individual might feel like facing a mental disorder alone. The luminescent light that surrounds the figure, represents when one is willing to take the first step in seeking the help they need.

by Eugene Figueroa

Tuto5_0.jpgIt all started on January 2016 when my father passed away. I lost a huge part of myself. He was my best friend and the person I could talk to about anything. My father was able to provide for me regardless of what financial state he was in. The matter of the occasion is that whenever times were tough, my father was always positive.

TrapperHaskins_0.JPGMore than 2000 years ago, the Greek philosopher Heraclitus said, “You cannot step into the same river twice.” But...would we be human if we didn’t try?

by Cassi Davis

WeddingADAA_0.jpgI can be fairly guilty of not always going through with certain things in my life. If it didn’t light my fire immediately, I would wash my hands of it. I always thought life was too short to be doing things you don’t really want to do. That being said, if I happened to lay my eyes on something I did want, you better believe I fought for it.

by Cara Benson

The summer season often brings an uprise in celebrations and events. Weddings, graduation parties, and summer barbecues are all extremely popular during this season. In fact, you might find yourself planning one of these events yourself! Event planning can be super stressful for anyone, and more so for those struggling with anxiety disorders. Though everyone feels the pressure to be the “perfect” host at their seasonal celebrations, those with anxiety disorders may be physiologically impacted, demonstrating significant distress to their mental state.

by Amy Lu, Misha Kennedy, Melanie Moy, Stella Wong, Helen Chen

I Was Here 1_1.jpg

The project that we were participating in was called the "I Was Here Project" where we and our peers (7th graders) research a topic and prepare an intervention. Then, we later reflect on what we did in a movie we made in class. 


by Nicolai Brune

DSC06442_0.jpgGeneration Nine is a streetwear brand currently producing a selection of hoodies, t-shirts and hats.

by Robert Surrency


Like many people, I deal with depression and anxiety. Some episodes are minor, while others are paralyzing. Throughout all this, I am always looking for opportunities to turn these struggles into something more positive. I found some of these opportunities to be through photography and the outdoors. Both allow me to explore a creative outlet that I love while disconnecting in nature. 

by Emily Schroeder

Count On Me_0.jpgWe are a group of filmmakers at the American Film Institute. We are in the midst of fundraising a short
film, “Count on Me,” which is the inspiring and emotional tale of Sam, a young boy with OCD trying to
survive in a world that looks down on him for his disability.

by Matthew Woods

Matthew Woods 3_0.jpegHello everyone! My name is Matthew Woods, I’m 28, and I suffer from Panic Disorder. This disease once dominated my every waking moment with excessive false alarms that sent me to the emergency rooms more times than I can remember. Something as simple as a cramp would be misconstrued by my brain as a life-ending condition, sending me into a tailspin panic attack.

anxious1_1.jpegI never intended for depression or anxiety to be a part of my platform. When I was writing my EP I was speaking purely from my personal experiences, while writing it and speaking honestly I found a lot of what I had to say was about me not being ok in that particular time in my life.

setmo (2)_0_0.pngAnxiety is something that affects so many of us to varying degrees and is too often overlooked. When we wrote our track Nightmares in London with Scott Quinn the darker mood of the music made us explore this idea of anxiety and how it can feel suffocating. Scott had some great lyrics that really capture different effects that certain situations can have on people. 

BLACKTAIL_VECT_0.jpgEver since I was teenager I’ve always struggled with the highs and lows of depression and anxiety. I’ve woken up many times in my life thinking that I’m a failure and that I would never amount to anything. You begin to tear yourself down further and further until it’s almost impossible to get out. You try certain medications and they can do a decent job of helping calm yourself down, but no one wants to be dependent on that for the rest of their life.

Lularoe1_0.jpgThe weekend of October 31, 2014, I was hit hard with Panic Disorder.  Panic attacks one after another, all weekend long.  Even my throat "fell asleep".  You know, that feeling when Novacaine is about to wear off.   Before that, it was gradual.  It all started while driving to Virginia for my Uncle's 50th birthday party. I never made it there.

333NYC1_0.jpgThere’s no doubt that today in the United States, anxiety and depression are at an all-time high. Given the political climate, the actual climate, and the immediate availability to see how an Instagram-famous puppy or an 8-year-old reviewing toys online is living a seemingly better life than we are, it comes as no surprise that 40 million people in the country admit to struggling with anxiety, depression or other stress-related disorders. 

March 25, 2017 – 6 weeks later: My name is Samantha Thornton. I've always had a passion for others so I decided to become an elementary school teacher to plant the seeds of a love for education into little hearts. I am currently a 5th grade content literacy teacher. I graduated from the University of Central Florida (Go Knights!) and I'm currently living in South East Florida.