More than 19 million adult Americans from the ages of 18-54 are struggling with anxiety disorders and almost 7% of Americans are diagnosed with depression. Sometimes the two go hand and hand. Chances are, you may know someone who struggles with one of these disorders or you yourself may have struggled with these. Project UROK is a non-profit organization whose mission is to create funny, meaningful videos for teenagers struggling with mental health issues, made by people who have been there before.
Founded by Jenny Jaffe (CollegeHumor), the site officially launched in April of 2015 and already features a variety of honest, funny and relatable videos from young adults recounting their struggles with mental health. Project UROK ultimately strives to be an interactive, all-encompassing source of teen mental health resources, encouraging users to upload their own videos and share their experiences on the site’s message boards.
Below you will find actor Will Wheaton discuss his own issues with anxiety and chronic depression.