(KUTV) Salt Lake City - Over 20 million U.S. adults have depression every year. 350 million suffer from it worldwide. According to the World Health Organization, depression is the number one reason for disability globally. It is astonishing that depression is still misunderstood and under-researched despite its prevalence. Sadly, 50% of those who need medication do not respond to the anti-depressants on the market. There has been no new category of anti-depressant in over 30 years, since the introduction of Prozac in 1985. More research and discovery of new medications and treatments are a priority. That’s where Hope Fragrance comes in.
In order to raise additional funds to accelerate depression research, Audrey Gruss, Founder and Chairman of Hope for Depression Research Foundation (HDRF), has created a Hope Fragrance that is launched this Fall in select Saks Fifth Avenue stores and Saks.com.
A pioneer of depression research since she founded the non-profit in 2006, Gruss has a final goal in mind: to find a cure. With 100% of Hope Fragrance profits going to research, this is a product that enables everyone who buys it to support a major charitable cause.
About Audrey Gruss:
Audrey Butvay Gruss is Founder and Chairman of the Hope for Depression Research Foundation (HDRF) that she established in 2006 in memory of her late mother Hope, to fund pioneering neuroscience research into the origins, new treatments and prevention of depression. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy, from the University of Haifa, for her courage and perseverance in creating a research foundation to support this visionary mission. Mrs. Gruss graduated with honors from Tufts University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. A Fellow of Tufts University, she established the Audrey Butvay Gruss Science Award for women.
Audrey Gruss is President of The Audrey and Martin Gruss Foundation, which she and her husband Martin established twenty-five years ago to support charitable activities in the cultural arts, education and medical research. Mrs. Gruss brought the skills of her executive experience in the fields of international marketing and advertising to the non-profit arena. She was the former co-owner and President of Terme di Saturnia, Inc., an international scientific skincare firm and held executive positions at J.P. Stevens and Elizabeth Arden, as Director of Advertising and Creative Services Worldwide.
For more information, go to HopeForDepression.org.