Kasey T.’s Story

Content Advisory: Please note the following content can be directly or indirectly related to content about mental health, depression, suicide, and or self-harm. Throughout the course of my life, I have been diagnosed with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, social anxiety disorder, major depression, alcohol use disorder (severe) and cocaine use disorder (moderate). These conditions persisted… Continue reading Kasey T.’s Story

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SE 2, EP2 TAD Voices-Raising Awareness & Ending Stigma With Kendall Ellis

USC Track & Field alumna, Team USA member, an Olympic Athlete, @newbalancerunning sponsored athlete, Kendall Ellis (@kendi_kendall) talks mental wellbeing and more on an all new episode of TAD Voices. She discusses the stigma around mental health and her own anxiety being an athlete at the highest level. By working with a sports therapist Kendall… Continue reading SE 2, EP2 TAD Voices-Raising Awareness & Ending Stigma With Kendall Ellis

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Andrew M.’s Story

Content Advisory: Please note the following content can be directly or indirectly related to content about mental health, depression, suicide, and or self-harm. My mental health journey started in the middle of high school. After suffering a multitude of sports injuries and surgeries that left me sidelined from my friends and activities I loved, I… Continue reading Andrew M.’s Story

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Zoe W.’s Story

    Content Advisory: Please note the following content can be directly or indirectly related to topics about mental health, depression, suicide, and or self-harm.   Growing up, sports have always been my passion. It is what I loved to do. Looking back now, I realize that when I was young, my anxiety presented itself… Continue reading Zoe W.’s Story

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Elizabeth S.’s Story

Content Advisory: Please note the following content can be directly or indirectly related to topics about mental health, depression, suicide, and or self-harm. It’s five months into quarantine and I can’t stop crying. Some might call it depression. I call it waking up to oppression. Waking up to the ways I’ve internalized oppression, waking up… Continue reading Elizabeth S.’s Story

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Starre C.’s Story

Content Advisory: Please note the following content can be directly or indirectly related to topics about mental health, depression, suicide, and or self-harm. I’ve experienced two major depressive episodes in my life. One in 2016, when I returned to the states from living in Oaxaca, Mexico for a year and the other at the end… Continue reading Starre C.’s Story

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Jared C.’s Story

Content Advisory: Please note the following content can be directly or indirectly related to topics about mental health, depression, suicide, and or self-harm. From age sixteen to eighteen I suffered from melancholic depression. I was never diagnosed for it because I never went to see a doctor, but just from doing simple google searches and… Continue reading Jared C.’s Story

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Chloe S.’s Story

Content Advisory: Please note the following content can be directly or indirectly related to topics about mental health, depression, suicide, and or self-harm.   Depression is isolating.   When I was 17, I used to go on walks whenever I was sad.  On days when the sadness felt unbearable, I would walk down to the… Continue reading Chloe S.’s Story

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Ben R.’s Story

Content Advisory: Please note the following content can be directly or indirectly related to topics about mental health, depression, suicide, and or self-harm.   The Gift of a Story by Ben Romberg   As someone who has experienced depression and anxiety for their whole life, I know the tremendous struggle it takes to function on… Continue reading Ben R.’s Story

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EP15 TAD Voices-Leading The Conversation with Kenny Gillespie

Tune into our latest episode of TAD Voices featuring Kenny Gillespie a business professional, hockey coach, division 1 athlete, and leader in his community. Kenny shares his experience coaching and his journey in athletics all being part of learning about mental health. The ups and downs of sports is something all athletes go through and… Continue reading EP15 TAD Voices-Leading The Conversation with Kenny Gillespie

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Chris F.’s Story

Content Advisory: Please note the following content can be directly or indirectly related to topics about mental health, depression, suicide, and or self-harm.   Mama’s Boy Makes It Home by Chris Ferguson   On my journey with bipolar disorder, pits seemingly without bottoms marked my descent into a cascade of unfettered despair. Though the rampant… Continue reading Chris F.’s Story

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Dan V.’s Story

Content Advisory: Please note the following content can be directly or indirectly related to topics about mental health, depression, suicide, and or self-harm.   The Music of Mental Illness by Dan Victor   It was 1999. I was laying in bed drunk, stoned and miserably depressed. I had lost my will to live, exhausted from… Continue reading Dan V.’s Story

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Emily D.’s Story

Content Advisory: Please note the following content can be directly or indirectly related to topics about mental health, depression, suicide, and or self-harm.   My mental health journey started at the end of 2018. I was in a toxic relationship with my now ex, and I was severely depressed, unhappy, lost and lonely. I felt… Continue reading Emily D.’s Story

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EP14 TAD Voices-Being Open About What You Go Through with Phil Lubin

Tune into our latest episode of TAD Voices featuring actor, mental health advocate, and life coach, Phil Lubin. This episode speaks to the power of being open about a mental health challenge and how that conversation can truly help others. Phil shares about identity, his personal challenges, and ways we can all connect with others… Continue reading EP14 TAD Voices-Being Open About What You Go Through with Phil Lubin

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Kimmy H.’s Story

Content Advisory: Please note the following content is directly or indirectly related to topics about depression, suicide, and self-harm.   I am a self-taught, stumbling along and learning as I go artist. After six years, four majors (none art-related) at two different schools I ended up with a career in bartending. I have always been… Continue reading Kimmy H.’s Story

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EP13 TAD Voices-Listening To Understand with Kyle Moore

Tune into our latest episode of TAD Voices featuring Kyle Moore. Episode 13 goes into Kyle’s own mental health experience and the way he became to be a mental health advocate, speaker, and podcaster helping people connect about mental health in new ways. His podcast @lifesawreck talks about mental health with a touch of wit and… Continue reading EP13 TAD Voices-Listening To Understand with Kyle Moore

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Sophie D.’s Story

  Content Advisory: Please note the following content is directly or indirectly related to topics about depression, suicide, and self-harm.   I Am Me. I thought a lot about what it would mean to create something with true deep personal meaning. that goes beyond just creating jewelry with a slogan that I hope people relate… Continue reading Sophie D.’s Story

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EP11 TAD Voices-Finding Space For Real Conversations with Dr. Marissa Alert

We are honored to feature Dr. Marissa Alert, a licensed clinical psychologist with a PhD from University of Miami and the Associate Director at Johns Hopkins Health Innovations! She is a speaker and innovator who is passionate about making wellness accessible to everyone. She has experience working with adults to help them better manage stress, improve… Continue reading EP11 TAD Voices-Finding Space For Real Conversations with Dr. Marissa Alert

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EP10 TAD Voices-It’s an Everyday Conversation with Eli Kim Swallow

We are so excited to share episode 10 of TAD Voices featuring Eli Swallow. Eli is a leader, mental health advocate and entrepreneur who shares his story about owning up with the unhealthy crutches in life in order to move in a better direction. He teaches us about good mental health being an individual process.… Continue reading EP10 TAD Voices-It’s an Everyday Conversation with Eli Kim Swallow

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EP9 TAD Voices-Let’s Talk About You with Angela Kulikov

We are so excited to share episode 9 of TAD Voices featuring Angela Kulikov. She is an All-American tennis player at USC and an Applied Psychology Masters Candidate. She shines a light on the less-talked about impact of sports on mental health and finding herself beyond her athletic identity. After sharing a story with us on… Continue reading EP9 TAD Voices-Let’s Talk About You with Angela Kulikov

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EP8 TAD Voices-A Mental Health Perspective with Daniel Patterson

In Honor of National Health Education Week we are so excited to release Episode 8 of TAD Voices featuring educator, mental health consultant, and life coach who is dedicated to helping youth and schools find their way to communicate better about personal and institutional conversations surrounding mental health. Tune in for this awesome conversation with… Continue reading EP8 TAD Voices-A Mental Health Perspective with Daniel Patterson

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EP7 TAD Voices-The Power of Pursuit with Brian Ward

“It’s not the pursuit of happiness, but rather it’s the happiness of pursuit.” Tune into our new TAD Voices Episode 7 to hear professional athlete Brian Ward discuss the power of purpose and its effect on mental health. Following one of your passions, no matter how small, can positively change your mindset and we hope… Continue reading EP7 TAD Voices-The Power of Pursuit with Brian Ward

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EP6 TAD Voices-Unity Through Emotion with Elissa Shay

Listen to our newest episode of TAD Voices with actor, filmmaker, and mental health advocate @elissa_shay. Elissa hosts Mental Health Mondays on her Instagram in which she shares a variety of topics about mental health and ways to approach wellbeing. Elissa discusses the beauty of feeling and sharing all of our emotions, whether negative or… Continue reading EP6 TAD Voices-Unity Through Emotion with Elissa Shay

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EP5 TAD Voices-What It Means “To Be A Man” with Burke White

Listen to our 5th episode of TAD Voices featuring Burke White. Burke is a men’s mental health advocate, and the cofounder of @tethrformen, a peer-to-peer support community to encourage real and vulnerable conversations. Burke speaks about the need to redefine what it means to “be a man” – being open about your true self and… Continue reading EP5 TAD Voices-What It Means “To Be A Man” with Burke White

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Dominic P.’s Story

  “What we have here in this room is so special and it’s not something that many people have the privilege to be a part of. It’s meaning is unique to each and every one of us, and for me it was an outlet to cope with the challenges I was facing. What ultimately helped… Continue reading Dominic P.’s Story

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Racial and Ethnic Differences in Depression

Major depressive disorder (MDD) is one of the most prevalent disorders in the US and globally that is both under-diagnosed and under-treated. This burden is heaviest on under-treated minority populations (source). While minority populations are less likely to suffer from acute episodes of Major Depressive Disorder than Caucasians, they are more likely to suffer from… Continue reading Racial and Ethnic Differences in Depression

EP4 TAD Voices-Empowering Gen-Z with Jen Libby, LCSW

Listen to our 4th episode of TAD Voices with the inspiring psychotherapist, licensed clinical social worker, and CEO and founder of @promlyapp, Jen Libby! Jen talks about the potential to prevent and combat teen suicide through the power of human connection. She discusses her incredible new app, Promly, which aims to “impact and empower connectedness… Continue reading EP4 TAD Voices-Empowering Gen-Z with Jen Libby, LCSW

Smitha R.’s Story

For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to go into a field where I can directly help people. As I became older, I grew more passionate about mental health. I found it fascinating, yet underlooked. Vital, but stigmatized. I knew I wanted to help those who were affected by mental illnesses and… Continue reading Smitha R.’s Story

Peer Support and Reducing Hospitalizations

Recently, there has been a great expansion in the development of peer support services for adults with mental illnesses. Peer support is a promising new resource for people facing the challenge of living with a mental illness. This is especially important in pertinent to psychiatric hospitalizations as it has been observed that people with recurring… Continue reading Peer Support and Reducing Hospitalizations

Peer vs. Clinical Support

Peer support has become an increasingly popular source of help for individuals with mental illnesses. While the main type of peer support comes from people who have themselves suffered with mental illness, peer support can also be beneficial when coming from friends who may not have gone through similar struggles.  Peer support and clinical support… Continue reading Peer vs. Clinical Support

An Intro to Peer Support

Peer support has long been a valuable avenue in the mental health field. It has been found in inpatient facilities, day centres, and in service user groups. The core of peer support is finding that you are not alone in your experiences. This awareness that develops through peer support can lead to reassurance, hope, and… Continue reading An Intro to Peer Support

Peer Support through Social Media

Social media has become an increasingly popular outlet for people suffering with mental health challenges. Platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, allow people to share their experiences as well as receive advice from others with similar mental health conditions. We believe that online peer-to-peer support can be very beneficial for those with mental health… Continue reading Peer Support through Social Media

EP3 TAD Voices-Care to Connect with Jenna Nicole

Listen to our third episode of TAD Voices featuring @jennuhnicole. Jenna shares her experience battling Crohn’s disease, and her journey as she learned to cope with her mental health struggles in order to help heal her physical health. Jenna is a mental health advocate and is working towards becoming a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT).… Continue reading EP3 TAD Voices-Care to Connect with Jenna Nicole

EP2 TAD Voices- Founding Story Part 2 with Jack Macnee

Our second episode of TAD Voices featuring @jmacnee. Jack Macnee, the COO of TAD since its inception, discusses his devastating loss of a dear friend to suicide, and the ways in which it motivates him to advocate for mental health and suicide awareness every day. Jack talks about the power of friendship through moments of… Continue reading EP2 TAD Voices- Founding Story Part 2 with Jack Macnee

Angela K.’s Story

“I sunk into a hole for months. I cried nightly, I isolated myself from all my friends and family, I used training to console my grief until it turned into self-punishment, and above all, I hated myself…”

Zeb C.’s Story

As long as I can remember, I’ve been gay. There has never been a moment where I wasn’t gay. In fact, I rarely thought about my sexuality as different until I am reminded by someone else that I’m gay.

Beth E.’s Story

On the 13th November 2019, I swallowed several handfuls of pills in attempt to end my life. But before you read on, I want to let you know that this is a story of hope. If you are looking for a sign to hold on today, this is it. It’s not time to give up.

Steph T.’s Story

Two years ago, I was approached by a man who claimed to be an Uber driver. I accepted the ride but unfortunately, this man was not an Uber driver; I was raped and assaulted. 

Nick B.’s Story

When I was 18, my dad was arrested for a white-collar crime. At the time, I was living in Michigan, unaware of my family’s struggles back home in New York. On my birthday, my dad posted bail…

Zoe S.’s Story

On November 23, 2017, I received this sweet text from my friend, completely at random but quite sweet nonetheless. However, with Thanksgiving being a day away, I didn’t think anything of it…

Jack M.’s Story

I was shocked, confused, and above all, angry that I didn’t recognize the signs well enough to see it coming. A scholar and collegiate athlete, from the outside looking in, my friend looked as normal and as healthy as anyone…

Why I Started TAD

I never saw this coming. This lifelong friend of mine had succeeded in all areas of his life and seemingly on track to achieve great things. He was the last person I would have suspected to be questioning his own life.