Words from Dr. Beth Salcedo, Ross Center Medical Director and ADAA Board President
Giving Tuesday is the “global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world”. When you hear the phrase “Giving Tuesday” who or what comes to mind for you? Which organizations or communities inspire you to give of your time and resources in the service of transformation?
For me this year, I am inspired by The Anxiety and Depression Association of America for all that it has given me, what it has given and continues to give to mental health professionals, and what it does for those suffering with mental illness.
This is an organization I have been honored to lead for the last two years, as President of the Board of Directors. This Board, the ADAA staff, and the members have taught me so much about balancing the needs of the many faces of the organization while keeping in mind the importance of our impact on our shared mission. The staff is unbelievably effective at meeting the goals of the organization, even with limited resources, and their commitment is unwavering and inspiring.
ADAA is so fortunate to be served by an army of volunteers who make up their professional membership. These are clinicians and researchers whose day jobs are incredibly demanding, yet they still work tirelessly to provide the educational content of the organization. They provide our membership with the latest research findings in the field, and curate continuing education content to ensure our members keep abreast of best practices in the field.
These same volunteers also generate a wealth of educational content geared toward the general public. They ensure that our readers have access to accurate information about various conditions and the treatments available that are backed by science. The numbers of people visiting the site is growing exponentially, which is indicative of the need for accurate information that provides hope for help for those suffering.
ADAA is proud to serve this need, proud to be part of the movement to erase stigma and improve knowledge and access to accurate information. Those suffering with anxiety, depression and related mental health disorders can find information, learn what good treatment looks like, and find therapists in their area who share the ADAA mission. But the need is great, and their resources are limited. Keep them in mind as you decide who to support on #GivingTuesday. Supporting ADAA saves lives, and every dollar you give gets us one step closer to reaching all who suffer. On behalf of the staff of ADAA, the membership, and the Board of Directors, thank you for your consideration.
Written by Dr. Beth Salcedo