-For Immediate Release-
You Are Not Alone In Your Depression
Folsom, CA, October 1, 2011 – Depression is a very real experience for many people. The causes can be varied. Abuse. Chemical imbalances. Divorce. Rejection. There is no one reason that a person might suffer depression. However, one common theme is that it can leave the person feeling isolated and alone. Because of the stigma that is often associated with depression, people often remain silent about it, never knowing that the person next to them is going through the same thing, or has experienced it in the past. Instead, they hide away, believing that no one understands, that no one cares.
In Not Alone: Stories Of Living Wtih Depression, a courageous list of authors break their silence, boldly sharing their stories of depression, as they wrestle with awareness, acceptance, recovery, and post-depression. The authors all tackle the lie that you must suffer in solitude. With humility and honesty, these stories give a glimpse into the depressed existence. While you will not find a cure for depression in these pages, you will find a sense of community. You will find words of hope. You will find that you are Not Alone.
This Civitas Press community project was the brain child of Editor Alise Wright. Alise shares, “Since 1997, depression has been a part of my life. And the first step toward healing for me has always been to tell someone what I’m going through. When I felt myself going down that path last fall, I shared my struggle on my blog, and the response surprised me. While I expected kindness, I did not expect people to say that this small confession was one that allowed them to be honest about their own experiences with depression. As people wrote comments and sent emails, I realized that what was healing for me was healing for many. Sharing your story connects you to a larger community and allows you to recognize that you don’t have to go through hard times by yourself. Through this realization, I decided to invite others to have a safe place to share their stories of depression so that they would have an opportunity to experience that healing and so that they could offer comfort to others at the same time. I decided to call it the Not Alone series because that was the phrase that was used most often in the messages that I received; people thanked me for letting them know that they were not alone.
It is my desire to see Not Alone be not only a book where those who have experienced depression can turn for comfort, but also a resource for those who have never gone through depression. People often are unaware of what it means to be in the grasp of depression and these stories give a glimpse of that feeling. I hope that this will open up dialogue about what it means to offer community for those dealing with depression. It’s a conversation that needs to be had, and I believe that this book is a step in the right direction. When people refuse to be silent about their pain, it allows those with the same pain to find a voice and it also offers those who want to help a practical way to give support.”
The contributors include: Matt Cannon, Laura Droege, Anonymous, David Henson, Laura E. Crook, Jamie Habermaas, Michael Doran, Samurai, Joy Wilson, Crystal Clancy, Joy Bennett, Travis Mamone, Misty Chaffins, Katie Alicea, Brooke Higinbotham, Joanna Ross, Mary Balfoort, Robin Farr, Jake Kampe, Jody Johnson, Kristin Tennant, Christina Shumway, Jeremy Myers, Megg Joosten, Chad Jones, Joe Sewell, Jean Anderson, Kyla Cofer, Chuck Larish, Melissa Binstock, Michael D. Russo, Leigh Kramer, Jenny Susa, Melody Harrison Hanson, Allison Carroll, Jason N. Wright, and Tamara Lunardo.
About Alise Wright
Alise Wright is married to her best friend Jason and is the mom to four incredible kids. She loves writing, knitting, playing keyboards in a cover band, and eating soup. She writes about faith, family and friendship regularly at her blog, alise-write.com.