Week Of Hope

When: 08/05/2018, 9:00 pm

The Week of Hope launched on July 29 and will continue through Sunday, August 5, in Southampton Village. Thirty local businesses, including Michael Kors, Collette’s Basement, CVS, and the Southampton Chamber of Commerce placed a two-foot-wide yellow statement balloon by their front door to symbolize hope and their commitment to raising awareness for depression and other mental health issues.

The initiative comes in the wake of the suicides of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade, as well as local Sag Harbor resident and publicist Jeanine Pepler. Each shocking loss is a reminder that the suicide rate is rising in the U.S. and that depression is a national health epidemic.

The Week of Hope is created by Southampton resident Audrey Gruss’s Hope for Depression Research Foundation, a leading non-profit dedicated to fighting depression through research and education. The Week is supported by Southampton Village Mayor Michael Irving, and residents including Lisa Aery, Nona Murphy Collin, Arthur Dunnam, Christine Mack, Jay McInerney, Anne and Jacques Nordeman, and Alicia Owen.

On August 5, the final day of the Week of Hope, Audrey Gruss and Mayor Irving will lead a Walk of Hope and 5K Run around Lake Agawam at 9 PM. Participants will come from all over the tri-state area and beyond to unite as a community and raise awareness in the fight to defeat depression. One hundred percent of proceeds from the walk will fund groundbreaking research into the root causes of depression in the brain and new and better treatments. To sign up, visit the website at www.hopefordepression.org.