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!

by 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.

by 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.

by 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.  

MARE3_0.jpgMARE is a fashion label centered on owning struggles, failures, darkness, night’MARE’s and using them to drive success, growth and positivity. We urge our community to take action, pulling oneself out of a negative space and into a positive state. Life ain’t fair, but what are you going to do about it? 

Homebody2_0.pngWhen I started Homebody Apparel, I thought it would just be a fun side project to make some extra money and try something new. When I really started working on it, however, it quickly became much more to me. 

ashanti_fb2 (1)_0.pngThe ‘I Know’ Project brings together Grammy Award-winning singer Ashanti, the TouchPoint Solution, Singing for Superheroes and Michael Thomas & BJ Goodson of the New York Giants to shine a bright light on children’s anxiety. This amazing group of people, bound by the desire of helping kids, created a beautiful song & video that provides inspiration and hope to millions of children who suffer from anxiety.

by Vasvi Mukerjee

Poster-ADAA-TakingAction_0_0.PNGI'm Vasvi Mukerjee. I recently graduated from Shillington School of Graphic Design, New York. Anxiety has always been a close issue to me and I know some of my friends also suffer from it every now and then. 

I created this campaign 'Anxiety Comes In All Shapes & Sizes' as a student project to help spread awareness about the rising issue of anxiety and how people can help themselves and others by reaching out to ADAA. 

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

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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

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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.