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.
Why do you give? What inspires you to make a difference? To contribute, start a fundraising campaign, create a product to benefit ADAA? How can you join us in our critical work to provide free resources and support to the the millions who turn to us for help?
Share your donor story with ADAA and read some of the stories from our donors below. Be inspired to share and to give. Every dollar makes a critical difference. Together we can make a difference!
- Scarlett Garden- Video - Depression
- Glow Again School Fundraiser - Depression
- Jane's Campaign - Depression
- Erika's School Project - Anxiety
- Find Your Happy Case - Anxiety
- China's Story - Part One - Anxiety
- China's Story - Part Two - Anxiety
- Murdock's Album Release - Depression & Anxiety
- Bailey's Story - Anxiety
- Ashley's Story - Anxiety
Check out more stories on our Donor Spotlight Page
Marisa Herrera-Keehn, Lance Rodriguez, Stephen Terry, and Bethany Martin created their senior thesis together - a short film called "Scarlett Garden" that tells the story about a girl named Scarlett who tries to help her brother out of his depression. When they receive the news about their stepfather not being able to recover from a liver disease, her brother turns to alcoholism and locks himself in his home for days at a time. Through their video, the students wanted to portray the reality, and sometimes severity, of adult depression and turned to ADAA's website for information and resources. The video shows the reality of depression but is also helpful as it shows that you are never truly alone in this world and that there will always be someone fighting for you. Part of the students' plan also involved donating any remaining funds from the project to ADAA to help our ongoing outreach and educational programs. ADAA is so appreciative of the $1,750 we received from Marisa and her friends and invite you to watch their powerful video here. (please note that the video contains a few violent scenes and scenes where alcohol is consumed).
My name is Mariah Dellinger and I am a junior at Lake High School in Stark County Ohio. I am in a two year Health Tech Preparatory program with about 24 other students. We learn a variety of things from medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, oral practicals of the ankle, knee, hip, shoulder, back and hand, and we also get state certified to do the vision, hearing, blood pressure, muscle imbalance, stereopsis and color deficit health screenings at the elementary, middle and high schools around us. As a part of this program, our teacher partnered with a program called AmeriCorps through NEOMED (Northeast Ohio Medical School) and they have advisors come to help us set up projects to help our community. Myself and 8 other students chose depression as the topic of our project. After a couple meetings of brainstorming, we came up with the idea to do a glow in the dark depression awareness walk around our high school stadium and track called "Glow Again." We decided to call it glow again because by the end of the event, we wanted those struggling with depression to be "glowing" and those who haven't struggled to stand with the others to "glow." Read more.
From 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!
Read more about Jane's campaign:
I 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!
Anxiety 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!
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by China McCarney
My 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.
by Ryan "China" McCarney
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 China's story.
Murdock's Album Release
In 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.) The sold out album release event staged by No Dominion Theatre Co. 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. Read more.
"I discovered ADAA and was amazed that they stood for everything I believed in."
by Bailey Kay - Miss Sandy City International
I 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.
Empowerment At Every Step
by Ashley Erickson
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. Read more...
Check out our Donor Spotlight page to read more personal stories of those who put their heart and souls - as well as their creativity and stamina - into helping ADAA help others.
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