Anxiety In Teens Relies On Readers Like You!
Each day and throughout each night, an anxious teen is visiting AnxietyInTeens.org, seeking information on what they’re experiencing and to find out that they are not alone. A parent is trying to find first-hand stories and insights on what her child is experiencing. In fact, I know firsthand how helpful it would have been to just hear that I was normal and that things would be okay. Throughout my teenage years, I struggled with severe anxiety including panic attacks and OCD. Not only did most friends and family not know what my “issues” were, I was also so embarrassed by my thoughts and actions and tried to hide them. I went online to try to find out if there was something – anything – that could give me some relief from my inner pain and frustration. There was no such site when I searched the web that summer of 2006 in when I was 16-years-old so I decided, that day, I would start it myself. Today, over 65 other college students have also contributed to help millions of teens across the nation and around the world gain knowledge and psycho-education on anxiety and other mental health and emotional issues as well as connect with many other teens through our site and our social media channels to know that they are not alone. Listen to stories from some of our contributors Anna and Madeline about how Anxiety In Teens has impacted them and how they’re making a difference, and how your 501(c)3 tax-exempt donation would help us continue it:
Stigma and misunderstanding around mental health is still alive. In fact, many adults nod their heads when I say that “I didn’t even know what was happening to me, I thought it was a heart attack!” as I explain my experience with panic attacks. With the proliferation of social media and internet marketing tools, we can reach those teens, young adults and parents who don’t even know what to search for with the use of search engine optimization.
However, our site and off-line events would not be made possible without donors and supporters like you. I urge you to consider that over 1 in 5 youth are struggling with a mental health issues each day (NIMH), and please take a moment to contribute to Anxiety In Teens to help us reach those teens that don’t even know where to start.