The Dave Nee Foundation was one of the lucky nonprofits selected to air a Public Service Announcement (PSA) from October 15, 2011 through November 30, 2011 on the CBS “Super Screen” positioned at 42nd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues. Through this PSA opportunity, the Dave Nee Foundation will focus attention on the serious issue of untreated depression for the many visitors to the New York City area during the holiday season and the tens of thousands of commuters who use the New York City subway systems and the Port Authority terminal every day.
The Time Square PSA raises awareness of the prevalence of depression: currently 1 in 10 Americans suffers from depression. It also instills hope in those suffering from depression by informing viewers of the effectiveness of treatment.
Eva Wong, Dave Nee Foundation volunteer and cousin of the Foundation’s namesake, Dave Nee, produced the PSA. Ms. Wong is a Senior Producer at CollegeHumor.com and a longtime supporter of the Foundation. Ms. Wong shared, “The message of the Foundation and the PSA in Times Square is critical – there is hope and help for those who suffer from depression. I am always happy to help the Foundation get this message across through its media work. The more people we reach, the more we make a difference and save lives.”
The Dave Nee Foundation was created in the wake of the 2005 suicide of Dave Nee, a brilliant law student at Fordham University who struggled silently with depression for many years. The Dave Nee Foundation’s innovative and unique program, Uncommon Counsel, fights depression and works to prevent suicide among law students. Uncommon Counsel educates law students about depression, its prevalence in the legal profession, and the availability and effectiveness of treatment. The Dave Nee Foundation also administers a grant giving program that provides an annual award to a deserving organization whose mission is to support those with depression and/or prevent suicide.