Get to Know Schatzie Brunner
Schatzie Brunner launched New Way Now to provide an educational resource for those suffering from depression. She founded the organization to help break the stigma around depression, by offering an anonymous community space to learn about depression symptoms, and discover available treatment options.
Schatzie, a former CNN anchor, celebrated author and depression awareness advocate, spent decades struggling with depression.
“Too many people suffer from depression in silence – afraid to tell others about their symptoms and never seek treatment. I was one of these people for far too long, so I understand the fear and the isolation that depression can cause. But, I also now know the hope and healing that treatment and opening up to others about depression can bring. 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
In her professional career, Schatzie 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. She navigated this high-powered, high-profile career all during some of the worst years of a debilitating depression that has claimed her life for decades.
Known as Barbara Brunner on the air at CNN, Schatzie played out what most people with depression know and what she hopes to teach the rest of us, that The Face of Depression is not what you may expect.
In her experience, those with depression become expert actors in all parts of their lives. As sometimes it’s less risky to hide depression than to talk about it or admit you have it.
Schatzie moved on from CNN to become a sought-after communication and media consultant, using her expert “presentation” skills to teach executives to Say It So They Listen, the name of her first book. During her consulting years she kept flexible hours for the times she hit rock-bottom and needed to spend days in her home, closed off and struggling to recover.
Her story of living in two worlds—being “on stage” publicly while suffering privately—is a reality those with diagnosed and undiagnosed depression know all too well.
Throughout her life, Schatzie was medicated for severe depression. It was only in the last few years that she found a way to overcome the symptoms and lessen many impacts of the disease through Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy. She now speaks to national and international audiences of mental-health professionals, working closely with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) as well as Neurostar Advanced Therapy.
In her latest book, The Face Of Depression, she shares her story of hope and healing so that others can also move past the hard grip of depression to a liberated life.