The Walk of Hope
The Walk of Hope

There are many physical ailments that deserve human energy and enterprise to overcome, but when it comes to research on mental issues, often our public consciousness can’t hold enough sympathy for the afflicted.

But depression affects one in 10 adults each year, and the World Health Organization has said it is the leading cause of disability worldwide — while it may not afflict us physically, it shapes all of our lives in ways we may not even know.

The Hope For Depression Research Foundation has enlisted the help of Southampton Hospital and other local businesses in organizing a three-mile walk around Lake Agawam in Southampton next Saturday, July 30, to raise awareness and money for depression research.

Walkers will pay a $50 registration fee, which will be spent on depression research throughout the United States and Canada. Prospective walkers can register online here through July 29 or in person beginning at 8 a.m. at the Southampton Cultural Center at 25 Pond Lane.

The Hope for Depression Research Foundation is a non-profit organization devoted solely to depression research. To date, HDRF has provided more than $20 million through over 125 grants for accelerated breakthrough depression research that promises to lead to new and better medications and treatments.

Despite its prevalence, depression is still misunderstood, underfunded and under-researched.

The group’s mission is two-fold: To accelerate advanced brain research into the origins, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of depression, and to raise awareness of depression as a medical illness, educate the public, and help erase the lingering stigma of depression.

To learn more about their research, click here.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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