$56M Awarded to Depression Research since 1987

Key Figures

350 million

Globally, an estimated 350 million people of all ages suffer from depression.*

15.7 million adults

In 2014, around 15.7 million adults age 18 or older in the U.S. had experienced at least one major depressive episode in the last year (6.7% of adults in the U.S.).*

2 out of 100

As many as 2 out of 100 young children and 8 out of 100 teens may have serious depression.*

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Research Gives People Hope: Multiple family illnesses inspire a couple's life-long commitment to the mental health cause

No one knows better than the Garatt family how far research in mental illness has come – and how far it still has to go. Thirty-three years ago, when Sean Garatt was diagnosed with schizophrenia, his mother, Marcia, was told that she was the cause. The “bad mothering” theory eventually collapsed...

Chrissy’s Wish Fulfills a Promise to a Beloved Daughter

From The Quarterly, September 2016 In the week following his daughter’s suicide, Mario Rossi discovered more than 150 medical books and journals scattered in the basement of her Queens, New York home. Twenty-six year-old Chrissy had been searching for answers in these books, scribbling notes,...

Recovering the Optimistic, Compassionate and Articulate Self Once Lost to Depression

"It isn’t a punishment, it isn’t a weakness,” says Sue Wright, speaking about her depression. She is proof, she says, that depression is a mental illness that can be effectively treated. Sue can still vividly recall the day, 20 years ago, when walking to her office she looked up and suddenly saw “...