To Do Wednesday: New York Women’s Luncheon

Ellen Levine. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)

Ellen Levine. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)

Mental illness isn’t as “sexy” of a cause as, say, breast cancer, with its pink ribbons and frequent use of words like “boobs” or “ta-tas.” Yet as we’ve seen with the so many teen suicides, as well as more under-the-radar stories, mental illness is very real. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, an estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older (1 in 4 adults) suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. The first New York Women’s Luncheon features Ellen Levine, editorial director of Hearst Magazines, and former Ambassador to Austria Swanee Hunt, whose daughter suffers from a brain illness, discussing the issue and what needs to be done. Proceeds go to the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, which funds scientific research toward understanding and providing treatment for depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, autism, and bipolar, attention-deficit hyperactivity, post-traumatic stress and obsessive-compulsive disorders.

Metropolitan Club, 1 East 60th Street, 646-681-4888, 12 p.m. (reception at 11:30 a.m.), $250