Beliefnet Announces iFred Partnership

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Beliefnet's Cause of the Month sheds light on depression.

Beliefnet, the comprehensive multi-faith online resource for inspiration and spirituality, announced their latest partnership with iFred (International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression), an organization dedicated to bringing awareness to and supporting individuals with depression.

Throughout September, iFred will be running a “Shining the Light on Depression” campaign as Beliefnet’s Cause of the Month. Each month Beliefnet highlights different causes such as depression, breast cancer, literacy or volunteerism and raises awareness to educate readers on these central issues. “Shining the Light on Depression” gives readers access to featured articles on depression, tips for effectively coping with the disease, community support and more.

“We are thrilled to be featured on Beliefnet,” said Kathryn Goetzke, Founder of iFred. “Spiritual integration and practice can definitely be an important part of healing from depression and we admire Beliefnet and their mission of guiding people to a spiritual path. Our primary focus with this partnership is to highlight that depression is not just a spiritual emergency, but is in fact a biological disease that needs to be treated from several perspectives including from the medical community.”

“Knowing how prevalent and debilitating depression is, we’re happy that Beliefnet can be a spiritual outlet people turn to,” said Steve Halliday, Beliefnet President and CEO. “We believe this partnership will raise awareness about depression, while at the same time offer spiritual guidance for individuals who need help with this disease.”

Readers can learn more about iFred and Beliefnet’s Cause of the Month by visiting

About Beliefnet
Beliefnet, a property of BN Media, LLC, is the premier multi-faith online resource for inspiration and spirituality, and helps people improve their lives, solve problems and find comfort, hope and strength. Its mission is to help people find and walk a spiritual path that instills comfort, hope, strength and happiness for people who are exploring their own faith or are curious about others. Whether spirituality, health and wellness, or entertainment, Beliefnet has something for everyone.

About BN Media
Through its operating companies like Beliefnet and Affinity4, BN Media is the definitive online resource for information related to inspiration and spirituality. BN Media provides award-winning inspirational editorial and video content through mainstream and faith-based channels. The company’s mission is to inspire positive thought and action.

About iFred
iFred is a 501(c)(3) organization whose primary purpose in to reduce and eventually eradicate the stigma associated with depression. Depression is treatable, yet fewer than 25 percent of those experiencing a major depressive episode receive treatment, primarily due to the stigma and negative perception of depression. By “shining a positive light” on depression, iFred seeks to positively “rebrand” and “reposition” with the sunflower, the color yellow, and the focus on Hope, to secure that someday 100 percent of depression patients are willing and able to get the help they need.

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