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Kathy Cronkite

Mental Health Advocate
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Biography

Kathy Cronkite, the daughter of legendary broadcast journalist and anchorman Walter Cronkite, is a renowned writer, journalist and public speaker. However, as one of the millions who suffer from clinical depression, she had her own personal struggle, which led her to make a difference in the lives of others. Cronkite's arduous journey from darkness to light inspired her to become a tireless champion for mental health, striking down the myths surrounding her illness, changing the dialogue and educating others on healing and treatment.

While fighting her battle, she discovered that others, including many celebrities, had suffered from the same debilitating disease. This discovery prompted her to write the highly-acclaimed On the Edge of Darkness: Conversations about Conquering Depression, a collection of interviews with celebrities who have fought depression, including Mike Wallace, Joan Rivers, Dick Clark, Kitty Dukakis, John Kenneth Galbraith, and William Styron.

Cronkite continues to fight the stigma attached to mental illness by educating people about depression and how they can get the help they need. Her outspoken advocacy is legendary, and her personal knowledge and work is well respected by professionals in the mental health field.

Always informative, she enlivens her presentations with compassion, humor, and honesty. Speaking with a conviction born of experience, Cronkite delivers a call to understanding for all of us. Feeling better is now a way of life for her. "I am filled with hope," she encourages, "Getting well is your first priority. Depression is very treatable. There is help; there is hope."

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Topics

Erasing the Stigma of Mental Illness

Smile for the Camera: Celebrities & Depression

Why Johnnie Can't Smile: Children & Depression

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