Share Your Personal Story

Do you have a personal story about your mental health journey? ADAA would love to hear from you. We welcome stories that we share on the ADAA website, the ADAA e-newsletters, and across our social media platforms. 

In a story (up to 800 words), please describe your experience with anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, bipolar disorder or a co-occurring disorder and how it has affected your life. Please provide a short title for your personal story and focus on the therapy or other treatments that have helped you manage or overcome your illness. Please include how ADAA's website or resources have helped you. 

Please note: Submissions will include your name as entered. Please DO NOT use your last name if you do not want your full name to be searchable. If you would like for your post to be anonymous, do not include your name in the body of the submission. We do need an email address so that we can be in touch with you about your story.

In order to publish you story on our website and to share it on our social media platforms, we require that you include a photo (of yourself, your campaign, etc. We cannot accept stock images or images pulled from the internet).  Please note that we do not accept advertorials (these stories should not include any call-outs to sell any products or services). We reserve the right to reject any story that we do not feel is appropriate to share.

Have a short video describing your story you would like to send to us? Please email [email protected] as this form cannot accept MP4 files. We are actively seeking 2-3 minute videos to share with our communities.

NOTE: ADAA reserves the right to edit for clarity, length, and editorial style. We do not guarantee that every submission will be published. If your story is accepted, you will be notified. If you have not heard from ADAA within one week of submission that means that your story has not been accepted. Once your story is posted on this website, it is the property of ADAA.

My story is about my journey with:
Maximum 3 files.
2 MB limit.
Allowed types: gif, jpg, png.

I, the individual “Participant” enter into this Liability and Publicity Release (“Release”) with the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA). 

By agreeing to this Release:

  1. I agree to be interviewed, photographed, and/or filmed by ADAA or by any representative of ADAA for media or public relations purposes (including but not limited to promotional videos, articles, brochures, letters and social media outreach).
  2. I grant to ADAA the right and permission to use my name, age, image (i.e., photograph or video), voice statements, testimonials, and quotations (“Content”) in any format whatsoever (including, but not limited to, social media).  I hereby give all clearances for the use of the Content and waive all copyrights, publicity rights, and other proprietary rights that may exist in the Content.  I further grant ADAA the right to provide the Content to any outside third parties.  I further grant ADAA the right to provide the Content to any outside third parties as part of ADAA’s promotional efforts and to be used exclusively for that purpose. The license granted under this Release is worldwide and lasts from now and forever into the future, and includes the right to edit, mix, modify, duplicate, use or re-use, and distribute the Content.  ADAA shall have complete ownership of the Content.
  3. I understand and agree that I will have no right of approval, no right to compensation (monetary or otherwise), and no right to sue ADAA for any claim, known or unknown, arising out of or in any way connected with the use and license of the Content and hereby forever release and indemnify (i.e., agree to take legal responsibility for) ADAA from any and all such claims.

I am representing that I am not bound by any other contract that forbids (or prevents) me from signing this Release.

I have read the statements above and understand its terms and agree to all of them. I also certify that I am 18 years of age or older. If I am not 18 years of age or older, this Release is also signed by my parent, responsible relative or legal guardian. Further, if I do not understand this Release and am 18 years of age or older and not under the care of a legal guardian signing below on my behalf, I will not sign this Release until after seeking the advice of a legal professional.