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 Her son Will, athletic and full of life, became withdrawn, lost interest in sports, fell behind in school, and talked about harming himself.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.
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!
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!
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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!
If you have any questions or need help signing in or registering for the walk/run, please email us at email@example.com or call us at 212.676.3205.
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.
Adolfo Zaralegui, Audrey Gruss and James Borynack
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.
Audrey Gruss, Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett and Dr. Huda Akil
Jane Bunn, Martin Gruss, Barbara Smith, and Dr. Huda Akil
Janet Cafaro and Myrna Haft
Jane and George Bunn
Mary and Marvin Davidson
Denis and Annabelle Coleman
Lis Waterman, Jane Bunn and Mary Davidson
George Bunn, Louisa Benton and Dr. Huda Akil
Shannon Donnelly and Bill Flaherty
Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett signs her books