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Hope for Depression Research Foundation (HDRF), the leading non-profit dedicated to advanced depression research, will hold its 15th Annual HOPE Luncheon Seminar, focused on the topic, ‘The Importance of the Gut Microbiome for Your Mental Health” on Wednesday, November 10th at The Plaza Hotel. 23-Time gold medalist and mental health advocate Michael Phelps will attend and accept the HOPE Award for Depression Advocacy for speaking out about his own experience with depression. Previous honorees and speakers include Ashley Judd, Anderson Cooper, Brooke Shields and LeAnn Rimes.

Founded in 2006, HDRF is today the leading non-profit exclusively dedicated to advancing the understanding and treatment of depression. The mission of HDRF is two-fold:  1) to spur the most innovative neuroscience research into the physical causes, prevention and treatment of depression, including major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, postpartum depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and suicide; and 2) to increase the public’s understanding of depression and end the stigma and shame associated with getting help.  Today, HDRF is home to the acclaimed Depression Task Force—a collaboration of ten leading scientists from different research institutions who are pooling data and expertise to accelerate discovery. For more information, visit: www.hopefordepression.org

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