We are very grateful for the many ways that donors choose to support us.

Ryan McCarney Baseball Photo.JPGBecoming the Change - Part Two of Ryan "China" McCarney's Story

When I last sat down to reflect on my journey with anxiety I was nervous, timid, and YES even a little ANXIOUS. I wanted to share my story with the “right” spin or the “right” perspective. I gave just enough details to get the point across and deflect the focus away from me and my “issues”. This is what came out

That was 5 or 6 months ago when I put those words down on paper. The mistake I made when first sharing my story was not emphasizing how much I battle to excel everyday. These are called “Stories of Triumph” and I did not express the battle I fight daily to excel in spite of my anxiety. Read more of China's story.

Jane's Campaign

JanesSticker.JPGFrom 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! Join her campaign here. 

Read more about Jane's campaign:

Erika's School Project

Erika-StressBalls.JPGI am a distinguished scholar here 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!

Find Your Happy Case

HappyCase_0.pngAnxiety was always something that Jamie Strasberger struggled with. This struggle helped inspire the launch for Jamie and her husband Sean's phone case company, Because of a Case. The mission was simple: create fun, fashionable phone cases where a portion of sales were donated back to support improving people's mental health. 
Their first big push as a company was their collaboration with YouTube Creators, EleventhGorgeous (1.7 million Subscribers). They too struggled with anxiety and together with Because of a Case created a unique and gorgeous marble case where 10% of net profits would be donated to the ADAA. After a successful campaign, $1,091 was donated and this number continues to grow. Because of a Case has now expanded to include many other great causes they feel passionate about including cases to help save the elephants and sea turtles, clean water, anti-bullying and more! 
Purchase your Because of a Case and help support ADAA

Being Okay With Not Being Okay

ChinaMcCarney.jpgMy name is Ryan "China" McCarney and I have lived with anxiety since 2009. I was 22 years old. My first panic attack occurred that year when I was with my then girlfriend and we were on our way to a family gathering about three hours from my house. About 45 minutes into the drive I felt as if I was going to die. Read more.

China is quoted in this March 10, 2017 US News & World Report article "How Depression and Anxiety Go Hand-in-Hand" article

Murdock's Album Release

aaah poster.jpgIn an attempt to create an open dialogue about depression and anxiety, Jersey City Hip-Hop/Theatre artist David Acosta (Murdock) created and recorded an album about his own personal battles called #AAAH (Agoraphobic. Alcoholic. Asshole.). It is is a concept album partnered with live theatrical performances to share Murdock's struggle with the world and hopefully break some of the negative stigma attached to mental health.

Murdock's #AAAH Album Release Event is a collaboration between Murdock and No Dominion Theatre Co.'s new performance series H.A.T.C.H. (Helping Artists To Create Here). H.A.T.C.H. was first launched in September 2016 and serves as an incubator for artists of any and all mediums to show their stuff under our roof (of sorts). H.A.T.C.H. will function as a springboard for artistic works that may be in any phase of the creative process, and that may not otherwise have access to such crucial provisions, such as a venue, substantial audience-base, marketing, advertising, and most importantly, fundraising efforts. The sold out album release event raised a total of $450 for ADAA to help continue raising awareness for anxiety and depression. We thank Murdock and the No Dominion Theatre Co. for their generous donation.

No Dominion Theatre Co. was co-founded in March 2015 by Michael Joel and Kaitlin Overton and aims to eradicate the notion of limits within theatre artistry. Whatever that means. To learn more, visit www.nodominiontheatre.org

You Are Not Alone

Bailey Kay.JPGI was in seventh grade when I discovered I had anxiety. I didn't go to school for 2 months because every day my mom would take me, and I would end up on the floor of the car sobbing and hyperventilating. I was a sophomore in high school when I was diagnosed with depression. I skipped class a lot, I would cry over everything, and I would never leave the house. Read more. 

Bailey is quoted in this March 10, 2017 US News & World Report article "How Depression and Anxiety Go Hand-in-Hand" article


From One Organization to Another

RyanChina_0.jpgAthletes Against Anxiety and Depression (AAAD) has donated a total of $1,355 to ADAA to help decrease stigma and raise awareness for those that experience symptoms of anxiety, depression and related disorders. Ryan "China" McCarney suffered from anxiety since he was 22 years old. Years later he came to ADAA searching for resources and answers. After finding the help he needed to triumph over his anxiety and panic he started his own organization.

Read China's personal story and check out his website. From all of us at ADAA - thank you China, for your generosity and thoughtfulness. 

Baghead, an Original Play

Cast-Crew_JamesRiverHS-websize.jpgTo illustrate how to help those with anxiety and depression, Libby Wilbur wrote Baghead, a one-act play. She also directed and produced it, and a cast of 10 actors performed it to rave reviews in February 2016. Libby and her fellow thespians were students at the Center for Leadership & International Relations at James River High School in Midlothian, Virginia.

We’re grateful to Libby and her cast and crew for bringing awareness to mental illnesses in such a creative form. And we’re also grateful that her play attracted large audiences because Libby earmarked the profits from the ticket sales for ADAA. The ADAA staff was very pleasantly surprised to open an envelope with a generous donation and a letter from Libby explaining its source.

Thanks to the creativity and generosity of Libby and the students at James River High School, we know we’ll have the support of the future generation of leaders. So we know we’ll be able continue to help those with anxiety and depression get the help they need. Thank you, Libby!

If you have a fundraising idea for ADAA, just contact us, and we’ll be happy to talk to you. 

Goals for ADAA

Adam Moscaritolo-donor spotlightAdam Moscaritolo began his struggles with debilitating anxiety when he was just nine years old. After five years of treatments, he happily reports that he’s living with “minimal to no anxiety.”

As a high school senior grateful to all those who helped him, Adam wanted to give back in some way. So for his senior project, he organized a coed varsity soccer game at his Rhode Island school as a fundraiser for ADAA. Between the event and private donations, Adam sent us a check that proves it was a big success.

We are very grateful for this contribution, and we’re also pleased that Adam continues on his road to recovery. From a difficult time in Adam's life, says his mother Linda Moscaritolo, “his challenge made him grow into a strong, empathetic, caring, and compassionate young man.” We couldn’t agree more.

If you have a fundraising idea for ADAA, just contact us and we’ll be in touch. 

Empowerment at Every Step

At age 26 Ashley Erickson managed to get her lifelong generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and panic attacks under control, thanks to the support of friends and family, running, medication, and health insurance. But she knew that a lot of people who suffer from an anxiety disordeAshley Ericksen_runningr and depression aren’t as lucky.

Running had helped her learn to control her breathing, which is very useful during a panic attack. Knowing it would be empowering, Ashley trained to run 26.2 miles at the 2013 Los Angeles Marathon. As she says, “Running has done wonders for my anxiety, so now I can use it to do wonders for others’ anxiety as well.” She has always run for her own good, which is also good for ADAA because she raised 102% of her goal.

Thank you, Ashley! We appreciate all your effort and we applaud you at every step you take. Read her full story.

If you have a fundraising idea for ADAA, contact us and let us know.

Photo Credit: AzulOx Photography 

Little Bit of String Goes a Long Way

A college graduation surf trip to Costa Rica launched a successful business for two California friends. After meeting men peddling handmade string bracelets on the street, Griffin Thall and Paul Goodman brought some bracelets home to sell at local shops. Before long, they sold out, demand for the bracelets quickly grew, and Pura Vida took off.

These days Griffin and Paul provide the two peddlers with enough business to live comfortably, as well as employ 30 others. Every bracelet purchased through Pura Vida helps provide jobs for local artisans in Costa Rica.
Pura Vida ADAA bracelet
They also decided that their company could do more.
As they've done for other organizations, Pura Vida created a custom bracelet for ADAA. So when you shop, we’ll receive a portion of your purchase. 

“Pura vida,” Spanish for pure life, represents enjoying life slowly, celebrating good fortune, and not taking anything for granted. ADAA celebrates Pura Vida’s contributions to the bracelet artisans in Costa Rica—and to our organization.

Do you have a fundraising idea for ADAA? Contact us and let us know. 

Wrapping Wrists for Awareness

For her senior project, Sam Lane thought about what had made an impact on her life and what she’d like to do about it. Her anxiety disorder came to mind, especially because shSam Lane, donor spotlighte knows a lot of people who have such disorders. To raise awareness, as well as funds for ADAA, she decided to make bracelets to sell at basketball games at her high school in Penacook, New Hampshire.
The bracelets, one dollar each, feature beads with uplifting sayings: laugh, hope, love life, you're amazing, have faith. “I thought of bracelets,” she says, “because I wanted people to look at them and think that they [the people] are worth something.” She sold her original supply very quickly and has requests from many more classmates. Says Sam, “I think they understand how important anxiety disorders really are.”

Sam tells us that laugh braceletshe’s really happy to be raising money for ADAA, and she thanks us for supporting her. And in turn, we thank Sam very much for supporting ADAA.

ADAA appreciates all the ideas and efforts of our donors, whether small-scale like Sam's or larger. Let us know what you have in mind. Contact us; we'll talk. 

Volunteering Goes a Long Way

After overcoming panic and anxiety, Michael Timmermann contacted ADAA to see if he could help others who were struggling with anxiety disorders. While working full time, he Michael Timmermannalso volunteered at ADAA, providing invaluable social media and editorial support. And he continued to help our staff when he moved many hundreds of miles away to take a new job.

Fortunately for all, his new employer offers small grants to organizations where their employees volunteer. The grants can be used for specific projects, general operating expenses, and capital campaigns. Michael submitted an application for ADAA, and we’re happy to report that we were approved. We're looking forward to putting the grant to good use.

Want to find out about Michael's triumph over anxiety? Read Ending the Nightmare to discover how he found the power to change his life and keep his anxiety at bay.

Thank you, Michael, for all your help and for taking the extra step to complete the grant application on our behalf.

Contact us if you have an idea to raise funds for ADAA, which will help us continue to provide free resources for everyone who needs them. 

"The Play's the Thing"

The Actors Workout Studio in North Hollywood, California, was the venue for the West Coast premiere of The View From Here, an original comedy by Margaret Dulaney and directed by Inger Tudor.

Debbie Jaffe, donor spotlightADAA gratefully accepted the offer of actor and producer Debbie Jaffe (left) to donate all proceeds from the May 29 performance!

The play is set in the mid-1980s in a small Kentucky town, and hair, aerobics, and microwaves are all big. The plot revolves around high-spirited Fern, who has agoraphobia and hasn’t left home in six years. A colorful cast of friends and family, all of whom suffer from dysfunctional beliefs and behaviors, confront their own idiosyncrasies as circumstances force Fern to confront hers.

The View From Here playFollowing the play was a live discussion with two long-time supporters of ADAA who have overcome agoraphobia and psychologist Dennis Greenberger, PhD, of the Anxiety and Depression Center. Dr. Greenberger, a member of ADAA, is the author of Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think.

Thank you, Debbie, the other actors—Katherine Browning, Sasha Carrera, Derek Houck—and everyone else associated with this production for your generous support of ADAA.

Got an idea for raising money for ADAA? Contact us and we’ll talk. 

Running in Memory of Her Mother

Sarah Hunt ran the ING New York City Marathon in 2009 in memory of her mother, Robin, who suffered from debilitating anxiety and depression.
Sarah Hunt displays her marathon number
And she raised nearly $8,000 for ADAA.

"She hated living with anxiety and depression," Sarah says about her mother, who passed away last April. "On most days the simple acts of daily living were too much for her to handle. Her disease kept her alone, sad, and scared. No one should feel that way."

Sarah chose to support ADAA because she believes in our mission to educate the public, work to reduce the stigma surrounding anxiety disorders, and our dedication to the prevention, treatment, and cure of these disorders.

Sarah Hunt crosses the finish lineWith friends and family cheering her on, Sarah finished the marathon in 5 hours 40 minutes.

“I’m so happy that together we were able to make a difference in the lives of people who suffer as my mother did,” she wrote later on her blog.

“I may have physically run alone, but all your donations, love, and support carried me over that finish line, and for that I will be forever grateful.”

You, too, can raise money for ADAA while participating in a marathon, 10K, or 5K! Contact us for details.

Subscribe to Triumph - ADAA’s Free Monthly Newsletter