Athletes Against Anxiety and Depression is a foundation dedicated to bringing awareness, prevention and treatment to people suffering from Anxiety, Depression or any other Mental Health Issue. The goal of AAAD is also to eliminate the stigma attached to Anxiety and Depression. There is no need to be embarrassed or ashamed about any mental health issue you may be dealing with. It is time for all of us to embrace all of who we are. Join this movement and let’s BE THE CHANGE TOGETHER!
There is no need to hide or to be embarrassed by any mental health issue you may be struggling with. Often the first step towards healing, or dealing with the issue positively, is to accept it, embrace it and to realize that you are not alone. That is what this movement is about. Empower yourself to embrace what you are going through. Empower others to accept whatever they’re going through and create a functional support group to take on this journey together!
China McCarney started the movement Athletes Against Anxiety and Depression because he deals with Anxiety on a daily basis and felt the need and desire to “Be The Change” instead of waiting for a change. China resisted and fought his anxiety disorder for 5 years before he finally decided to attack it head on. He discovered that the second he embraced Anxiety as just being a part of who he was, just like all of his other attributes, it no longer had the severe crippling effect that it had in the past. As he began to study Anxiety and Depression he realized what a stigma the mental health issues had. That stigma is a huge part of the problem. People feel they have to be embarrassed because they are dealing with one or more of these issues and they hide and hold on to it as tightly as they possibly can.
This is the change China wanted and wants to see. There is nothing to be ashamed of and if we can create a movement and community where people can share whatever they are going through, and feel support, it will help tremendously. The funds raised by AAAD will go towards resources for anyone dealing with mental health issues. The funds will partly go to big organizations that are constantly doing research to find cures and effective treatments. The funds will also go towards providing education and resources for individuals dealing with Anxiety and Depression.
The hardest thing in life is to simply start. China started by attacking his anxiety disorder head on, seeking counseling and embracing 100% of who he is. He still deals with Anxiety on a daily basis and it is a battle. However, it is a battle he is proud to fight and he wants EVERYONE to join him!