Race for Mental Wellness

Join Hope for Depression Research Foundation for an exhilarating Race of Hope 5K on August 7.

Founded by Southampton philanthropist Audrey Gruss in 2006, the Hope for Depression Research Foundation works to support cutting-edge neuroscience research to better understand the causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of depression. A national public health crisis in the United States and the leading cause of disability worldwide, depression affects 5 percent of the adult global population, according to the World Health Organization. In response to these alarming statistics, HDRF formed the Depression Task Force in 2010, bringing together nine leading neuroscientists from a number of universities to conduct fundamental research into the underlying biology of depression and discover impactful treatments. This team has discovered several potential new targets for treatment in the brain, and a clinical trial of a novel category of antidepressant is underway at Columbia University and Mount Sinai School of Medicine, with several other trials in the pipeline.

Click here to register for the Race of Hope.

HDRF also works diligently to end the stigma around depression, which can discourage patients from seeking help and negatively impact treatment outcomes. By educating the public and pushing leaders to develop more resources for people suffering from depression, HDRF elevates the national conversation around depression and mental illness. At a time when federal funds are shrinking and major drug companies are withdrawing from brain research, HDRF steps in to advocate for those who need it most. 

On Sunday, August 7, at the steps of the Southampton Cultural Center (25 Pond Lane), East Enders can help support the noble work of HDRF by taking part in the Race of Hope 5K run or walk—both of which provide mental health benefits! Since the first Race of Hope in 2016, participants have traveled from across the tristate area–including professional and first-time runners, celebrities, walkers, corporate teams, families and children–to unite as a community to raise awareness and funds to defeat depression. The race starts at 8:30AM, and the 3.1-mile course loops around Lake Agawam and through the scenic streets of Southampton. All ages are welcome, and 100 percent of registration revenue and donations directly support advanced depression research.