Psych Congress Announces Charitable Partnership for 2012

MILLSTONE, N.J., Oct. 19, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The 25th Annual U.S. Psychiatric and Mental Health Congress—hosted by CME, LLC and HMP Communications, LLC, November 8-11, 2012 in San Diego, CA—has entered into a charitable partnership with the International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression (iFred) providing iFred an exceptional venue to promote the prevention, encourage treatments, and perception of depression around the world.

Each year Psych Congress invites a non-profit organization in the mental health industry to participate in a Charitable Partnership, enabling the group to raise awareness of their mission, gain support from Psych Congress attendees, and encourage donations and involvement in their cause at a premiere conference for mental health professionals.

Randy Robbin, President of the North American Center for Continuing Medical Education, Psych Congress CE accreditor, believes strongly in giving back to those who support the mental health communities. "Numerous causes throughout the mental health industry need attention and at Psych Congress, we have a perfect platform for non-profits to get their message out to clinicians. Inviting iFred to join us at this years Psych Congress is just one of the ways we are trying to provide additional support," said Robbin.

iFred is a 501c3 organization whose primary purpose is to reduce and eventually eradicate the stigma associated with depression.

iFred Founder, President and CEO, Kathryn Goetzke, established the organization based on three main ideals—prevention, research and education. "iFred is honored and humbled to be one of the charity partners chosen for the 2012 Psych Congress. Depression is a leading cause of disability worldwide and treatable, yet it is so difficult to get funding for our organization due to the stigma associated with the disease. With the support and generosity of organizations like the Psych Congress, we are able to continue working diligently to spread our message of hope to eradicate stigma so that 75% of those still untreated get the help they need."

Depression is treatable, yet due to the associated stigma less than 25% of individuals with this disease are receiving the treatment they need. iFred seeks to destigmatize and rebrand the disease, focusing on a goal to increase the treatment rate of depression to 100%. For more information, or to donate directly to iFred, visit

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CONTACT: Kathryn Goetzke kathryn@ifred.orgSource: iFred Newsroom