Sunrise began in late 2015 with a simple question: why has humanity failed to reduce the suffering caused by depression in all of its forms?
“the idea itself is completely novel in psychiatry, to use drugs to prevent depression as opposed to just treat it. It is possible that 20, 50, 100 years from now, we will look back now at depression the way we look back at tuberculosis: as a thing of the past. This could be the beginning of the end of the mental health epidemic.”
— Rebecca brachman, PhD, Co-FOUNDER and chief science officer on the ted stage
Our work has expanded to address the critical questions facing the suffering of humanity today: Why hasn’t a new antidepressant been invented since the 1990’s? Why is depression the #1 cause of ill health worldwide? Why do 50% of patients see no improvement from current treatments? Can depression be prevented? Can it be cured?
Through collaborations with individuals and institutions across biology, psychology, psychiatry, pharmacology, sociology, spirituality, technology, capital, and design we seek to revolutionize how humans experience depression in all of its forms. Our vision is a world free from unnecessary suffering. Our mission is to cure depression.
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The problem is staggering no matter how you look at it, and is not getting better. Our parents, our children, and our friends are suffering at increasing rates. Over 1 million people die every year from depression. One person every 30 seconds. Depression grew 18% from 2005 to 2015 alone. 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men suffer. By 2030, depression will be the single largest contributor to the global burden of disease. Perhaps most concerning of all, only 3% of government health budgets are invested in depression and related mental health problems.
If you or a loved one suffers from depression or other forms of mental health we are here to tell you that you are not alone. This problem is so big that we can only reduce the suffering by working together. If you are inspired to help this movement, join us.