Advocacy (advəkəsē), n.- to speak on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves.

NJ District Programs committee is proud to announce this year's advocacy focus: mental health awareness - more specifically: Anxiety Awareness and Associated Disorders. Mental health, often a taboo topic, is a priority which NJ Key Clubs are highlighting this service year.

Many students, teachers, and parents are unaware of the signs and the importance of mental health which is why it is the NJ advocacy focus. Almost half of the American adolescent population has a diagnosable mental disorder (not counting general stress and anxiety as a result of elevated societal standards).

In order to address the different types of axiety-induced disorders and their comorbid disorders, NJ Key Club will be following bimonthly subfocuses for Mental Health; assigned as such:

Bimonthly Subfocuses

Month Focus
May-July Social Anxiety
August-September Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
October-November Comorbid General Anxiety and Depression
December-January Comorbid OCD and Eating Disorders
February-March Panic Disorders

We have many goals that we would like to implement in the upcoming service year. It is our hope to raise awareness about the complexity of anxiety disorders and eliminate the stigma surrounding it.

More Advocacy Information


Please remember to support the 2019-2020 Key Club Advocacy Focus: Anxiety Awareness and Associated Disorders.