Guest Bloggers

  • Louisa Benton

    Executive Director

  • Steven P. Roose, M.D

    Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

  • Huda Akil, Ph.D

    DTF Chair

HDRF in Hamptons Magazine,
July 9, 2015

The July issue of Hamptons Magazine provides an inspiring tour of the Southampton garden of HDRF Founder and Chair Audrey Gruss.

Renewed Hope” describes the glade of Lilies of the Valley planted in honor of Gruss’s mother Hope. The article also touches on the history and mission of Hope for Depression Research Foundation, also created in Hope’s memory. Warm thanks to author and longtime HDRF supporter Jamee Gregory.

We wish you a restful and happy summer season.

The Economist on Mental Health Awareness,
April 28, 2015

We’re writing to share an excellent article from the Economist, April 25: “Out of the Shadows: The stigma of mental illness is fading. But it will take time for sufferers to get the treatment they need.”

It’s a heartening read.  Campaigns by governments and charities around the world are raising awareness and making it safe for people from all walks of life to open up about psychiatric illness.  HDRF has been working to end stigma since our founding in 2006, and your support has helped us lead the call for change in the United States.

Click here to read the full article…

Dr. Fredric Brandt and the Warning Signs of Suicide,
April 8, 2015

Once again depression is in the headlines with the shocking and sad news about the suicide of famous skin-care pioneer Dr. Fredric Brandt.

I am particularly stunned because I knew Dr. Brandt personally.  He was a genuinely kind and caring person with great creativity and talent.  I did not know he struggled with depression.

I just saw Dr. Brandt last week and detected nothing different about his demeanor — no clue or tip that he was suicidal.  Even with the knowledge that I’ve gained as HDRF Chair, I am at a loss to understand how a doctor at the top of his field could see patients and friends on one day, and end his life a few days later.

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Germanwings and the Search for Answers,
March 31, 2015

We are all reeling from the terrible crash of Germanwings Flight #9250.  The public cry for answers has been fierce since investigators revealed the crash was deliberate, and the media continues to reveal both new details and speculation about pilot Andreas Lubitz’s mental and physical health.

That Mr. Lubitz struggled with depression is now a detail that looms over this tragedy.  For that reason we’ve received many calls and emails seeking comments regarding depression and suicidal behavior.  However, please know that as of yet there has been no verification of Mr. Lubitz’s actual diagnosis or specifics of his treatment or condition.

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A Scent for Wellness,
March 16, 2015

The New York Times “Business Day” featured Hope for Depression Research Foundation on Saturday in a story about bespoke perfumes and the power of scent.

Click here to read the full article…