New Way Now

NEW WAY NOW

SCHATZIE BRUNNER

AUTHOR I SPEAKER I ADVOCATE

DEPRESSION SURVIVOR

ON A MISSION TO CHANGE WORKPLACE WELLNESS

I spent nearly 10 years at CNN producing features and programs as the Talent Coordinator for Larry King Live and the entire CNN Network as well as a CNN News Anchor. I navigated this high-powered, high-profile career—all during some of the worst years of a debilitating depression that claimed my life for decades.

Known as Barbara Brunner on the air at CNN, I played out what most people with depression know and what I hope to teach the rest of us, that The Face of Depression is not what you may expect. Those with depression become expert actors in all parts of their lives, believing it’s less risky to hide depression than talk about it or admit you have it.

Established in 2018 by Schatzie Brunner, New Way Now is a Nashville-based 501(c)3 non-profit that originated as an educational resource for people struggling with depression to get help by breaking the mental health stigma.

New Way Now is on a mission to change workplace wellness. I am committed to helping businesses create and foster happier and healthier workforces through educational leadership and proven strategies.

Schatzie Brunner, Founder, New Way Now

"Too many people suffer from depression in silence – afraid to tell others about their symptoms and never seek treatment. With the creation of New Way Now, we hope to persuade people to talk about their experiences with depression, encouraging those around them to seek treatment or seek it themselves." - Schatzie

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STOP LOSING BILLIONS AT WORK

More than 14 million American adults live with major depression, and many of these people are struggling to function in the business world. Depression costs U.S. employers $44 billion in lost productivity each year, and it ranks as the leading health risk among the U.S. workforce.

Tennessee ranks #46 out of 50 states, indicating a higher prevalence of mental illness and lower rates of access to care.

New Way Now offers businesses educational opportunities to establish and improve their mental health awareness, employee programs, and overall workforce wellness.

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New Way Now offers businesses educational opportunities to establish and improve their mental health awareness, employee programs, and overall workforce wellness.

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The Face Of Depression

At my sickest I could see that my family was at a loss in understanding the changes in my behavior. Worse, I didn’t have the energy or motivation to try to explain how and what I was feeling.

If you have never suffered depression or anxiety there doesn’t seem to be a way to understand what someone else is going through. But I have tried in The Face of Depression to describe how the reality someone lives in and the reality you see from outside their world are completely different.

Dyslexia: A Teacher's Journey
March 13, 2021.
The Face of Depression: A Journey from Hell to Healthy: A Very Personal account of the struggles of depression and anxiety It took courage to tell one's true story of living with depression and anxiety from childhood to senior citizen. I admire the writer for attempting to dispel the stigma of mental illness. The book also tells how one can live a successful life while fighting these foes as well as where to get help. An easy read
David Brown
July 20, 2020.
The Face of Depression: A Journey from Hell to Healthy: If Depressed ....read this Well writen diary like book, that takes you through all the phases of depression she had. And they were bad phases! Terrible phases. She is now well and her experiences are worth knowing if you or a loved one faces depression!
AB
July 28, 2018.
The Face of Depression: A Journey from Hell to Healthy: Hope A message of hope for so many that suffer from depression. Ms. Brunner's courage in speaking out about the horrors of this illness will save many lives.
Charlotte Mabry
October 15, 2016.
The Face of Depression: A Journey from Hell to Healthy: I could not put this book down! A beautiful candid memoir of a life balancing depression with talent and grit. Schatzie Brunner opens up the glass ceiling and the invisible shroud of Depression. We can all talk about types of mental dis-ease, but few can speak as personally and as courageously as Schatzie Brunner. I recommend this book to people trying to understand serious depression, people who suffer with depression and those who love people who suffer from depression.A heartfelt and truly compelling story of adversity and hope. Thank you for writing this book!
Vanessa
October 14, 2016.
The Face of Depression: A Journey from Hell to Healthy: A Must Read! Incredibly interesting and insightful- I read it cover to cover in one evening! I can only imagine the courage, focus, and steadfast effort it must have taken for Schatzie to write this deeply personal story. Thank you for sharing so that we (your audience) may learn and be more empathetic with those who suffer from mental illness.
Donald E Webber
September 11, 2016.
The Face of Depression: A Journey from Hell to Healthy: Spot on! Anyone suffering from or dealing with depression ... Spot on! Anyone suffering from or dealing with depression needs to read The Face of Depression. Ms. Brunner addresses both causes and cures all of us need to know. Suffering from depression? Embarrassed? Read The Face of Depression, and know that you are not alone.
Toni E. Hoy author of Second Time Foster Child
July 31, 2016.
The Face of Depression: A Journey from Hell to Healthy: Depression has many faces It took Schatzie a lifetime to be able to understand her illness and to speak about it. In doing so, she puts a face on the mental health issue of depression and it doesn't remotely look anything like most people think it does. Her book clearly shows how someone can be high achieving in life while a state of depression prevents them from exploring, enjoying, and building healthy and satisfying relationships.I encourage anyone who suffers from depressive illness to read The Face of Depression to recognize the signs and symptoms earlier. Schatzie bears testimony that treatments for depression really do work.
jeb
July 6, 2016.
The Face of Depression: A Journey from Hell to Healthy: Instructive and memorable! Schatzie makes friends with her readers from the beginning, and does a great job at inviting them to join with her in her journey through history and self-examination – fear, anxiety, truth, walls, narcissism, self- criticism, family messages that left deep imprints…. There is also the opportunity for readers to pause and reflect on their own issues. (Oh, did I have those same feelings? Did I suffer some of the symptoms she describes? Did I substitute more doing for less feeling? Is there hope for me, too?)A compelling case is made for talking about depression as a way of helping to heal, and it is evident that Schatzie has made good use of her pain, honesty and authenticity in being effective with the executives she has coached.Yes, I will definitely recommend this book to others, and have already loaned my copy!
Art Lathrop
July 2, 2016.
The Face of Depression: A Journey from Hell to Healthy: A Real Eyeopener for Anyone Seeking a Greater Understanding of Depression This book is a must read for anyone who has known someone with depression, especially if they believe that depression is a relatively minor issue that the sufferer can just overcome. This is even more of a must read for anyone who experiences depression. This book gives a vivid first-hand description of how a sufferer can be affected by the “black hole” of depression while concealing it to the outside world. And this can go on over years and even decades. Most of us have no idea how devastating depression can be. This is the story of a woman who, after being afflicted with depression for most of her life and hiding it from the world at great emotional cost, managed to find a cure. This book has forever changed the way I view depression and has enhanced my understanding of mental illness in general.
AL
July 1, 2016.
The Face of Depression: A Journey from Hell to Healthy: Schatzie's story is amazing, and her generosity of spirit and willingness to ... Schatzie Brunner has written a book I will never forget. I never realized how well or how deeply depression can hide in the lives of high-functioning professionals. Schatzie's story is amazing, and her generosity of spirit and willingness to share from the very depths of her life are even more remarkable. I know the pain of depression and have seen it at work in my family. This is a book I will share with my family so that we can begin to talk. As Schatzie says, "depression thrives in silence." I know this book will help people talk and will help us all heal.

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When it comes to mental health,
we say we know it’s a problem, but do we?

New Way Now is on a journey to encourage and foster unbiased conversations among individuals struggling with mental health issues while promoting education throughout all areas of our culture on ways to support themselves and others suffering in silence.