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Update on June 01, 2013

WE DID IT! With your help we reached our goal of 500 pledges in record time! From the bottom of our heart, and the 350 million worldwide living with depression, THANK YOU!

You might have noticed that we've been busy rallying leaders, activists, non-profits, media and celebrities around the world to join our cause, and the response has been incredible. We just announced last week that musician Rick Springfield, who has talked openly about living with depression, including in his documentary, An Affair of the Heart, is supporting our efforts and encouraging people to spread the word that there are treatment options available.

But the overwhelming response from all of you has been our biggest guiding light for this campaign. We want you to know that we've been listening to your comments here on as well as Facebook (, Twitter (, Inspire ( and at our Field for Hope events, and we hear you loud and clear. That is why we have decided to increase our Pledge to Plant goal to 1,500. With this continued momentum, together we will be able to make our symbol of hope shine brighter and impact even more people and communities around the globe.

We've had the pleasure of attending several Field for Hope plantings where we've met people and family members who have shared their stories of hope and inspiration with us. That is what Field for Hope is all about; sparking positive conversations around mental health and depression in the hopes that one day we will eradicate the stigma. If you have a "Story from the Field" that you would like to share with us we'd love to hear it! Please post it in our comments section or share with us via email at [email protected]


Cause Leader, Field for Hope

A young volunteer looks on as the MeckLink Behavioral Healthcare Field for Hope is planted in Charlotte, N.C. on May 31 (Photo Credit: The Charlotte Observer).

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