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.
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 and a CNN News Anchor. She navigated this high-powered, high-profile career 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 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, her first book’s name. During her consulting years, she kept flexible hours when 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 wel
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.
Through New Way Now, Schatzie focuses her time on helping organizations of all sizes address mental health in the workplace. She also speaks to national and international audiences of mental health professionals, working closely with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and Neurostar Advanced Therapy.
Schatzie is available to speak on-site or virtually to your company, group, or conference about depression.