China McCarney was 22 when he was first diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder. And in the eight years since, he’s worked tirelessly to erase the stigma surrounding mental illness and to connect people to the resources they need to fight it. He encourages people not to fight or ignore their conditions (as he had done), but to accept their conditions as part of who they are.

In March 2017, China founded the nonprofit Athletes Against Anxiety and Depression (AAAD). “I realized that I needed to take on the responsibility of helping create a platform where people could share their story,” he says. “I realized that I needed to… [Read Full Feature Here]

*Article originally published on August 3, 2017 on Healthline Media by Kareem Yasin