Depression is NOT a weakness of character, and people
suffering cannot just snap out of it. It is very real. 350 million people
across the world suffer with depression. They may feel isolated,
withdrawn, helpless, worthless, alone, rejected. They may cry for no
reason. They experience overwhelming sadness, and sometimes
experience lack of emotion toward others and themselves. You can help!
Be kind, compassionate, helpful, understanding, supportive, encouraging.
Ask “How can I help you?” Most importantly, be there.
They need your support… and love. Thank you for reading and sharing this message of hope. ~ Lee Horbachewski, Author of A Quiet Strong Voice
Nationally Loved Radio Personality, Mother, Broadcast Professional and Blogger, The Brighter Side YYC
“This book is not only for anyone who may be dealing with mental illness and depression, but it’s also a life changing book to those who are dealing with loved ones who are going through the process. As Lee walks you through her own journey and obstacles, she also gave me an understanding of how I need to cope with having my own brother go through it. I lost my brother almost 7 years ago who had many demons and challenges with mental health.
I read A Quiet Strong Voice after losing my brother. This book is full of insight of what our loved ones go through and an understanding of how they need to be heard and validated. This book is a must as we strive to reduce the stigma around the subjects of mental illness. It’s a must for those going through mental health and a definite must for those watching loved ones go through it. Although A Quiet Strong Voice won’t bring my brother back, it helped me know I did what I could do for my brother and understand his pain.”
“Thank you so much Lee for sending copies of A Quiet Strong Voice to us for the Men at Risk program. I started reading it and I couldn’t put it down! It is so inspiring to hear about the depths of your illness and how you worked on your recovery. It is a very hopeful, heart-felt story that will reach people who are suffering or who have been there in the past. You write so well that I could picture you in the settings you describe. I also really appreciate the Chapter 7 to the End Notes, making your book very practical for people to use. The other staff and Executive Director at SPRC are very impressed as well. ”
Barbara Campbell, RSW
Men at Risk Program Coordinator
Grande Prairie, AB, Canada
“A Quiet Strong Voice is a compelling piece of vulnerability, revealing the depths of despair, the dangers in depression and the quick sand of suicide intention that can trap even the most beautiful, intelligent and loving individuals.
Lee Horbachewski bravely exposes the truth of her torturous journey through anxiety, fear, depression and multiple suicide attempts. Her intimate description of frantic attempts to end her life pull you into the story, enmeshing your emotions, heart and longing for peace for this fragile woman.Finding help and hope in family, friends, therapists, God, and two precious little sparrows, proves there is no single answer to the struggle. Hope comes in opening hearts to others, to nature and to our higher power, verifying that we CAN overcome disparaging, self destructive and depressive emotions.”
Forgiveness: The Mystery and Miracle ,
International Speaker and
“I have read this book twice now. The second time it really hit home because I got how debilitating depression can be. I used to be one of those “snap out of it” thinkers until a loved one in my world suffered from depression and I learned firsthand that this uneducated thinking doesn’t help someone who truly needs help. I love Lee’s raw account of her journey. In fact, I wanted to hear more. The question “What I am pretending not to know?” stirred a new level of self-honoring in me that I didn’t see coming. WHOA! And I love the helpful questions in the Personal Reflections section. I used them for processing some emotions I was experiencing. Brilliant! A Quiet Strong Voice meets someone affected by depression right where they are at. It educates, inspires and gives hope. It sure created greater understanding in me. And that’s half the journey for loved ones watching someone go through depression. Thank you Lee for this transformational book. You model how beautiful a healing journey can be. May your book get into the hands of all who need it."
Health & Money Mastery Coach
Oriah Mountain Dreamer
Author, The Invitation
"Lee Horbachewski’s book is a beacon of hope to those who are experiencing the darkness of depression, anxiety or thoughts of suicide. Those who are struggling and those who care for someone who is suffering will find inspiration, hope, and a wealth of resources in this book. With ruthless honesty and deep compassion for herself and others Lee shares her story and reminds us all of the choice to open again and again to learning and life.”