Hope for Depression Research Foundation (HDRF), the leading non-profit dedicated to advanced depression research, will hold its Ninth Annual HOPE Luncheon Seminar, focused on the topic "Alcoholism and Depression: Dual Diagnosis, Dual Treatment," on Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Academy-Award nominated actress and writer Mariel Hemingway and the Caron Treatment Centers will each be presented with a 2015 HOPE Award for Depression Advocacy. Mariel Hemingway will also be the featured celebrity guest speaker. Multi-platinum selling recording artist and actress Demi Lovato will be recognized remotely as an “Ambassador of HOPE for a New Generation” for speaking out about her own struggle with bipolar disorder and substance use disorders. Recently Ms. Lovato helped to launch the new “Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health” initiative.
In Ms. Hemingway’s recent book, Out Came the Sun: Overcoming the Legacy of Mental Illness, Addiction and Suicide in my Family, Mariel bares her experience with depression and how it often co-occurs with alcoholism and substance abuse. Mariel was born just months after her famous grandfather, writer Ernest Hemingway, died by suicide, a painful legacy that shaped her life. In 1996, her sister Margaux, an actress and supermodel, died of a drug overdose. What’s inspiring is how Mariel has moved beyond grief to help others through advocacy.
A second HOPE Award will also be given to Caron Treatment Centers for their leadership in the field of integrated treatment of behavioral health disorders and addiction. Caron has residential treatment facilities in Pennsylvania and Florida, a New York City Recovery Center and many other regional offices. The non-for-profit provides a cutting edge approach in its treatment of individuals and their families impacted by addiction and behavioral health. Caron also raises millions of dollars annually for treatment scholarships and is one of the oldest and largest drug and alcohol treatment facilities in the country.
“We are honored to receive this prestigious award from the Hope for Depression Research Foundation,” said Doug Tieman, Caron’s President and CEO. “Our country is in the midst of a behavioral healthcare epidemic and Hope For Depression is on the front lines raising awareness and looking for innovative solutions to these pressing issues. We look forward to working together to make a difference in the lives of families.”
Dr. Charles O’Brien, Professor of Psychiatry and Founding Director of the Center for Studies in Addiction at the University of Pennsylvania and Dr. Huda Akil, Chair of HDRF’s Depression Task Force and a world-leading neuroscientist at University of Michigan’s Department of Psychiatry, will also speak at the luncheon.
Audrey Gruss, HDRF Founder and Chair, created the organization in 2006 in memory of her mother Hope, who struggled with clinical depression. Gruss will present the recognition and the HOPE Awards to each honoree for their commitment to helping others.
Gruss said: “The Hope Award for Depression Advocacy honors individuals and organizations that have publicly shared their personal experience to raise awareness about the facts of depression. They have inspired others to seek help and brought attention to the need for new treatments and research in the greatly under-funded area of depression and its related mood disorders.”
Over 200 guests are expected to attend. The Luncheon Seminar Co-Chairs are: Jackie Drake, Peter Gregory, Kim Heirston, Eleanora Kennedy, Kristen Krusen, Margo Langenberg, Sylvia Martins-Niarchos, Peter S. Paine III and Coralie Charriol Paul.
PREVIOUS HONOREES & SPEAKERS:
Chiara de Blasio, David O. Russell, Brooke Shields, Terry Bradshaw, Lorraine Bracco, Dominick Dunne, Richard Dreyfuss, Linda Hamilton, Jay McInerney, Deborah Norville and Callie Thorne.
Featured Speaker: Mariel Hemingway
Master of Ceremonies: Chuck Scarborough
Medical Speakers: Dr. Charles O’Brien, and Dr. Huda Akil
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
583 Park Avenue, between East 63rd and 64th Streets
HDRF's mission is to fund the most innovative neuroscience research into the origins, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of depression and other mood disorders – bipolar disorder, postpartum depression, post-traumatic stress syndrome, anxiety disorder and suicide.
In 2010, HDRF launched its Depression Task Force (DTF) – an outstanding collaboration of eight leading scientists, at the frontiers of brain science, from different research institutions across the U.S. and Canada. These scientists have developed an unprecedented research strategy that integrates the most advanced knowledge in genetics, epigenetics, molecular biology, electrophysiology, and brain imaging. To accelerate breakthrough research, they share ongoing results, in real time, at the new HDRF Data Center. For more information, visit: www.hopefordepression.org