On March 26, 2014 Lee Horbachewski, author of “A Quiet Strong Voice: A Voice of Hope Amidst Depression, Anxiety, and Suicidal Thoughts” spoke to friends and supporters at Self Connection Books.

Lee and her husband Neil are major donors and supporters of the Distress Centre, but long before Lee was a donor she was a caller, looking for support and someone to talk to.

“On October 22, 2004 I felt that I could not keep going. The darkness was unbearable, the sadness and desperation were all-encompassing,” Lee said. “Thankfully I picked up the phone, opened the phone book to the front page, and called the 24-Hour Crisis Line provided by Distress Centre.”

Her book discusses her torturous journey through depression, anxiety and multiple suicide attempts, while also providing a tool-box of questions, steps and resources to help those suffering from depression find hope and peace.

50% of the proceeds from book sales benefit the Distress Centre and allow us to continue to provide essential services to those in crisis, like Lee was in 2004.

“When I made the call on October 22nd, 2004, the woman who answered eased the knot in my stomach with her calm, soothing voice,” Lee said. “This volunteer was caring and helpful, listened attentively, and didn’t judge me. For the first time, I felt that someone really understood and cared.”

She said that donating 50% of her book sales to Distress Centre allows her to “say thank you and promote the greatly needed work and resources that crisis lines provide.” At the signing Lee and Neil presented a $30,000 check to Executive Director, Joan Roy

“I will always support Distress Centre,” Lee said. “Their 24-hour crisis line saved my life, for that I am eternally grateful.” Lee always encourages others to volunteer or donate to Distress Centre.

“The staff and volunteers of Distress Centre have proved to be nothing short of exceptional,” she said. “The services that Distress Centre provides to Calgarians are greatly needed, and can only continue with the support of volunteers and donors.”

Thank you Lee and Neil Horbachewski for your continued support of Distress Centre. Your support ensures our crisis centre is available 24-hours a day, 365 days of the year and allows us to provide free counselling and resources to all Calgarians in crisis.