Press Release – The Summiting of Slide Mountain



Little Falls, NJ (11/14/2015) – The Anxiety & Depression Initiative (ADI) was the beneficiary of a fundraising effort by the Summit Men’s Team, which culminated with a hike to the summit of Slide Mountain, the tallest peak in the Catskill Mountains. After an impressive fundraising effort that raised $4,300, a group of 9 men and women hiked to the summit despite some challenging weather conditions. The temperatures were cold, with heavy winds and periodic snow showers throughout the day.

The Summit, a team affiliated with the Motomo Nation, is civic-minded group that actively tries to lead greater lives through making a difference in the lives of others. Steve McNeilly, captain of The Summit explained, “Our team sets out to fundraise for a nonprofit organization or cause we believe in, as a part of our quest to lead greater lives. This fall, we chose to focus our efforts on the Anxiety & Depression Initiative, a nonprofit organization with a mission in line with our own values“. Matthew Miller, Chairperson of the ADI’s Board of Trustees added, “We at the Anxiety & Depression Initiative are fortunate to be the beneficiary of The Summit’s generosity, for which we are very grateful“.

With the money that it raises through fundraising campaigns like this one, the ADI plans to bring about a variety of programs to help inform the community about the positive effects that physical activity can have on anxiety, depression and related disorders and support the community in the use of physical activity. It ultimately seeks to promote the benefits of an active and healthy lifestyle, to provide general information about mental health resources and to overall help lessen the stigmas associated with anxiety, depression and related disorders.


Press Release – Recognition as a 501(c)(3) Organization



Little Falls, NJ (07/06/2015) – The Anxiety & Depression Initiative is proud to announce that it has received notification that it is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. This is the culmination of a significant efforts to get to this point and is a huge milestone in the organization’s goal to become sustainable and impactful in carrying out its mission to promote and support the use of a healthy and active lifestyle to help in managing the symptoms of anxiety & depression.

Designation as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization has many benefits. Some of these benefits are as follows: First, it is further affirmation and federal recognition that the mission of the Anxiety & Depression Initiative is in-fact charitable; Second, it makes contributions to the organization tax deductible; Third, it exempts the organization from income and sales taxes. It also helps us to qualify for a variety of grants only available to non-profit charitable organizations.

The Anxiety & Depression Initiative is currently ramping up for its first charity bike ride, to be held on July 12, 2015. At the time of this release, almost $3,000 has been raised to help get the organization through some of its early steps in getting outreach programs started so that it can begin carrying out its important mission.

For more information about the Anxiety & Depression Initiative, go to our website at:

Press Release – Announcement of the Sweatin’ for a Start Fundraiser.



Little Falls, NJ (06/25/2015) – UPDATE: Due to a very poor weather forecast the Sweatin’ for a Start charity bike ride, scheduled for June 27th, has been postponed until July 12th. The Anxiety & Depression Initiative has put in a formal request with Mother Nature to have beautiful biking weather for that day.


Little Falls, NJ (06/03/2015) – This week, the Anxiety & Depression Initiative announced its first charity bike ride “Sweatin’ for a Start” to raise money to support its mission and help get its much anticipated outreach programs started. The ADI plans to have a variety of free outreach programs that will help support individuals living with anxiety and depression in their quest to live more active lives. There is lots of evidence about the unquestionable benefits that physical activity has on the symptoms of anxiety and depression. The ADI is looking to create a forum to support and guide individuals as they look to harness this benefit.

To show their dedication to The ADI and its mission, the entire Board of Trustees has committed to take to their bikes on the New York State Bike Route 9, that runs from the George Washington Bridge to the US/Canadian border.

The Trustees will ride 1 mile for every $10 that is donated to The ADI through this fundraising campaign. As an additional bonus, any donations that are signed up as recurring monthly donations will double the impact on the mileage. That means for every $10 donated as recurring monthly payment, a Trustee will ride 2 miles for that donation. The total donation miles accumulated by the weekend of June 27th will be divided evenly among the 3 Trustees (up to 600 miles, or 200 miles for each Trustee).

The Trustees have also agreed to match donations dollar-for-dollar for the first $600. That means the first $600 in donations will really be a donation of $1,200 to The ADI and its mission. That will be a great start, but it does not have to stop there. There are a lot of costs associated with getting The ADI’s planned outreach programs started. The Trustees will keep on riding long after that as long as the donations keep coming in.

We are accepting donations online at:

Or send a check payable to:

The Anxiety and Depression Initiative, Inc.
P.O. Box 126,
Little Falls, NJ 07424


We are also looking for local businesses interested in sponsoring us and/or matching donations. Any interested businesses please contact us right away at

Special Thanks to our Business Sponsors!!



Press Release – Formation of The Anxiety and Depression Initiative, Inc.



Totowa, NJ (03/24/2015) – The articles of incorporation for The Anxiety and Depression Initiative, Inc. have been filed.

The Anxiety and Depression Initiative is proud and excited to announce that it has taken the first of many steps to build a robust charitable organization dedicated to the informing the public about the benefits of an active and healthy lifestyle for those living with anxiety and depression.

Through this initiative, The Anxiety and Depression Initiative will seek to educate the community on the benefits of an active and healthy lifestyle for the symptoms of anxiety and depression. It will also look to develop opportunities to engage in structured physical activities in a supportive environment, while learning to safely engage in those and similar activities on their own. The Anxiety and Depression Initiative will work hand-in-hand with practitioners to help identify best practices for introducing physical activity into treatment plans and help to ensure that it is widely disseminated.

In a broader sense, The Anxiety and Depression Initiative will assist in the cause of raising awareness in the community about the prevalence of anxiety and depression, with a goal of helping to remove the stigmas associated with these symptoms.