Hope for Depression Blog

Guest Bloggers

  • Louisa Benton

    Executive Director

  • Steven P. Roose, M.D

    Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

  • Huda Akil, Ph.D

    DTF Chair

Why We Walk – The Owen Family, Friday 28 July 2017
   

Alicia Owen is a Special Ed teacher at Southampton Elementary School and a mother of three.  She and her whole family will participate in the Walk of HOPE + 5K Run to Defeat Depression on Saturday, August 5 in Southampton.

They walk because after dealing with depression in their own home,  they want to raise awareness in the local community.

“My husband’s side of the family has a history of anxiety and depression,” she said, “and we’ve noticed symptoms in our middle child, who is 13.”

She described it as a dark and scary time.  Her son Will, athletic and full of life, became withdrawn, lost interest in sports, fell behind in school, and talked about harming himself.

Fortunately, they were able to find mental health care professionals who have really made a difference with a course of treatment that involves therapy and medication.  Alicia and her husband are benefitting from treatment as well.  “He’s a happy kid again, excelling in his passion for surfing” Alicia said.  But her family is still on a mission.

“There needs to be more awareness in the schools and in the community,” she said.  “Too many people are afraid to acknowledge depression publicly.  If our story allows others to feel that they are not alone and gives them the strength to seek help, then we’ve done our job to help get the word out.”

We hope you will join Alicia Owen and her family at the Walk of HOPE + 5K Run to Defeat Depression on Saturday, August 5 in Southampton Village, NY.  Walks starts at 9 AM. Rain or Shine!

Depression touches us all, and you can make a world of difference through your support.

Why We Walk – Dr. Jonathan Javitch, Friday 28 July 2017
 
   

Dr. Jonathan Javitch is a brain scientist in great demand:  he is Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology at Columbia University and a key member of HDRF’s elite Depression Task Force.

On Saturday, August 5 he will be in Southampton with his wife, Dr. Miriam Javitch, an executive coach, to join in the Second Annual Walk of HOPE + 5K Run to Defeat Depression.

“We’re walking because we’ve had people in our family struggle with depression,” said Jonathan.  “I’m a clinical psychiatrist by training as well as a research scientist searching for a better understanding of and new treatments for depression.”

But, he added: “You really confront the horror of the illness when you see somebody you love struggle. We must find answers.”

Jonathan’s commitment is contagious.  Join Jonathan and Miriam at the Walk of HOPE + 5K Run to Defeat Depression on Saturday, August 5 in Southampton Village, NY.  Walks starts at 9 AM. Rain or Shine!

Score two tickets to Hamilton, the hottest show on Broadway!, Friday 7 July 2017

How can you score two tickets to Hamilton, the hottest show on Broadway?!

Join us for the WALK OF HOPE to Defeat Depression Saturday, August 5 in Southampton, NY. You can choose to Walk or Run the three mile course. Register today and you will have a chance to win two prime orchestra seats to the 11 Tony Award-Winning phenomenon!!

But step lively! You must register early to be eligible to win. We’ll pick the winner from a random drawing of all WALK/RUN participants who register before July 14. We’ll announce the lucky winner right before setting out on the three-mile loop around beautiful Lake Agawam in Southampton.*

So click here to register today. Registration is just $50 and includes a commemorative hat and t-shirt.

Walk with us to win tickets to Hamilton AND to raise awareness and funds for the most innovative depression research today!

Walk with us because:

  • Depression affects 20 million adults in the US each year
  • Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide
  • The causes of depression are still unknown
  • 50% of people do not respond to existing medications

Walk with us because HDRF is working to change that. As the leading non-profit organization focused solely on depression research, we are at the forefront of finding answers and defeating depression.

100% of all proceeds go directly to research!

We look forward to walking with you on August 5!

TO REGISTER

If you have any questions or need help signing in or registering for the walk/run, please email us at events@hopefordepression.org or call us at 212.676.3205.

Chairman’s Council Event Update, Wednesday 26 April 2017

Third Annual Palm Beach Chairman’s Council Dinner

Our third annual Chairman’s Council Dinner on Friday, March 10, 2017 in Palm Beach was festive and engaging. HDRF Founder & Chair Audrey Gruss hosts the dinner every year to honor top donors who have helped the Foundation grow into a national leader in advanced depression research. This year’s dinner was on the terrace of Findlay Galleries, overlooking the elegant shops of Worth Avenue.
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The table was decorated with festive forsythia and tulips in our signature yellow color.

Our thanks to James R. Borynack, Chairman and CEO of Findlay Galleries, and Adolfo Zaralegui, Vice President of Findlay Galleries for co-hosting and underwriting the event. Our thanks also to Chairman’s Council Co-Chairs William Flaherty, Susan Lloyd and Scott Snyder for their support and leadership.

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Adolfo Zaralegui, Audrey Gruss and James Borynack

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Scott Snyder, Susan Lloyd and Bill Flaherty

The evening’s program included renowned psychologist and neuroscientist Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett, who gave a fascinating and thought-provoking talk on “How to Become a ‘Superager.’” After dinner, guests received a signed copy of her new book How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain, which was released on March 7th  by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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Audrey Gruss, Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett and Dr. Huda Akil

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Jane Bunn, Martin Gruss, Barbara Smith, and Dr. Huda Akil

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Janet Cafaro and Myrna Haft

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Jane and George Bunn

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Mary and Marvin Davidson

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Denis and Annabelle Coleman

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Lis Waterman, Jane Bunn and Mary Davidson

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George Bunn, Louisa Benton and Dr. Huda Akil

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Shannon Donnelly and Bill Flaherty

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Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett signs her books

 
10th-annual-hope-luncheon-seminar, Friday 6 January 2017

Tenth Annual HOPE Luncheon Seminar The Search for New Depression Medications Tuesday, November 15, 2016 The Plaza Hotel New York City

Chuck Scarborough, Audrey Gruss, Anderson Cooper== Hope for Depression Research Foundation 10th Annual Hope Luncheon Seminar== The Plaza Hotel, NYC== November 15, 2016== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - Jared Siskin/PMC== == ==

Chuck Scarborough, 2016 HOPE Award for Depression Advocacy Recipient, Anderson Cooper and HDRF Founder & Chair Audrey Gruss

Anderson Cooper, Audrey Gruss and Shane Boylan

Anderson Cooper, Shane Boylan and Audrey Gruss

Andrea Greeven Douzet, Laura Nicklas== Hope for Depression Research Foundation 10th Annual Hope Luncheon Seminar== The Plaza Hotel, NYC== November 15, 2016== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - Jared Siskin/PMC== == ==

Andrea Greeven Douzet and Laura Nicklas

Ann Barish, Jane Marray, Pattie Lynch
 

Ann Barish, Jane Marray and Pattie Lynch

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Eleanor Kennedy and Yaz Hernandez

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Jamee and Peter Gregory

Stephanie Krieger, Elizabeth Thompson, Margo Langenberg, Roberta Sandeman== Hope for Depression Research Foundation 10th Annual Hope Luncheon Seminar== The Plaza Hotel, NYC== November 15, 2016== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - Jared Siskin/PMC== == ==

Stephanie Krieger, Elizabeth Thompson, Margo Langenberg and Roberta Sandeman

Jonathan Javitch, Louisa Benton, Helen Mayberg, Rene Hen== Hope for Depression Research Foundation 10th Annual Hope Luncheon Seminar== The Plaza Hotel, NYC== November 15, 2016== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - Victor Hugo/PMC== ==

Dr. Jonathan Javitch, HDRF Executive Director Louisa Benton, Dr. Helen Mayberg, and Dr. Rene Hen

Susan Gutfreund, Audrey Gruss, Princess Katherine== Hope for Depression Research Foundation 10th Annual Hope Luncheon Seminar== The Plaza Hotel, NYC== November 15, 2016== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - Jared Siskin/PMC== == ==

Susan Gutfreund, Audrey Gruss and HRH Princess Katherine of Serbia

Dr. Helen Mayberg, Dr. John Krystal== Hope for Depression Research Foundation 10th Annual Hope Luncheon Seminar== The Plaza Hotel, NYC== November 15, 2016== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - Jared Siskin/PMC== == ==

Dr. Helen Mayberg and Dr. John Krystal

Arthur Dunnam, Richard Ziegelasch== Hope for Depression Research Foundation 10th Annual Hope Luncheon Seminar== The Plaza Hotel, NYC== November 15, 2016== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - Jared Siskin/PMC== == ==

Arthur Dunnam and Richard Ziegelasch

Ritchey Howe, Carol Mack, Caroline Dean, Danielle Ganek== Hope for Depression Research Foundation 10th Annual Hope Luncheon Seminar== The Plaza Hotel, NYC== November 15, 2016== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - Jared Siskin/PMC== == ==

Ritchey Howe, Carol Mack, Caroline Dean and Danielle Gane

Janna Bullock, Zoe Bullock, Nicole Miller== Hope for Depression Research Foundation 10th Annual Hope Luncheon Seminar== The Plaza Hotel, NYC== November 15, 2016== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - Jared Siskin/PMC== == ==
 

Janna Bullock, Zoe Bullock and Nicole Miller