There will undoubtedly be news stories over the next few weeks focusing on Brooke Shield’s appearance at The Hope for Depression Research Foundation luncheon which took place this week in Manhattan. Watch the video of her interview at the luncheon here.
Her compelling story, strong advocacy and consistent efforts to bring attention to postpartum depression are appreciated by women who have struggled, those who love them, advocacy groups and legislative leaders (Watch her Capitol Hill press conference here.
In addition, Brook's book "Down Came the Rain" has been widely distributed to grateful mothers who have found strength and endurance in her words. Her bravery in speaking out has caused many women to reach out for help, along with other advocates like Former NJ First Lady Mary Jo Codey and
But I am equally thankful to the lady behind this event who chose to highlight postpartum depression at her foundation’s annual luncheon. Audrey Gruss
formed The Hope for Depression Research Foundation to honor her mother, Hope, who suffered from chronic depression. Its devastating effects on her loved one inspired the birth of this foundation which has become a powerful vehicle in the quest to fund research leading to a cure.
HFDR's mission is to “fund cutting-edge, international scientific research into the origins, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of depression and its related mood disorders – anxiety, bipolar disorder, postpartum depression, prolonged grief and posttraumatic stress syndrome – with the ultimate goal of finding a cure.”
From the foundation's website at www.hopefordepression.org, “HDRF sets itself apart by funding a pioneering research approach.