The Janet Aiko Sekiguchi Foundation

Honoring Janet's legacy by investing in communities and causes consistent with her passions and her struggles.

The Janet Aiko Sekiguchi Foundation honors Janet's legacy by investing in communities and causes consistent with her passions and her struggles. To this end, the foundation partners with schools in historically marginalized communities to support innovative educator- and student-initiated programs that promote intellectual growth, racial & social justice, community development, and the de-stigmatization of mental health.

Janet Signature


While we celebrate Janet's life, we recognize that a part of her legacy is rooted in her death. Janet suffered from clinical depression over the last several years of her life. She shared her struggles with those closest to her, and sought medical treatment on multiple occasions, including in the months prior to her death.

We at the Janet Aiko Sekiguchi Foundation recognize that clinical depression is a debilitating illness which is both underdiagnosed and is still stigmatized by a significant portion of our society. While Janet sought both medical treatment and the support of friends and family, we recognize that the pains she endured living with this disease at times were unbearable and directly led to her death.

It is our hope and prayer that Janet's story would increase awareness of depression and mental health issues. We pray that if you or someone you know is struggling with mental health issues, you would immediately seek help. By actively seeking help, you show not weakness, but the utmost courage.

Depression & Suicide Resources

About Depression

In 2020, an estimated 21 million adults in the United States had at least one major depressive episode. This number represented 8.4% of all U.S. adults. (source: NIMH) Suicide was the 12th leading cause of death overall in the United States, claiming the lives of over 45,900 people. (source: NIMH)

The symptoms of depression include:

  • Persistent sad, anxious or "empty" mood
  • Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness or helplessness
  • Irritability
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities or hobbies
  • Decreased energy or fatigue
  • Moving or talking more slowly
  • Feeling restless or having trouble sitting still
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions
  • Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
  • Appetite and/or weight changes
  • Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts
  • Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems without a clear physical cause and/or that do not ease even with treatment