The Gallaghers know what happy times look like – they lived in a great neighborhood, a comfortable home, they had a happy marriage, and four beautiful children. But when their family was ravaged by depression, they didn’t know where to turn, or how to cope. Many lessons were learned the hard way. They have written a book as a family, to help others deal with difficult situations.
NO MORE SECRETS – A FAMILY SPEAKS ABOUT DEPRESSION, ANXIETY AND ATTEMPTED
SUICIDE is the title of the book which is a compelling narrative of a family shattered by attempted suicide. It tells of a family’s struggle to renew John’s interest in life. The Gallaghers are available for interviews.
Back when life was grand, before depression came into their lives, the Gallaghers were featured twice on the Oprah Winfrey Show on a segment about RAISING HAPPY KIDS ON A REASONABLE BUDGET. Patricia Gallagher had written a book by that title and Oprah’s team came out and filmed a segment at their home in PA.
Oprah said, “I don’t know how this family does it…but let’s go on a visit to their home.” It looked so perfect back then, John Gallagher playing ball with his kids in the yard, kids doing their chores, a happy family mealtime. But the Gallagher’s lives were shattered just a few years after that appearance.
John Gallagher was plunged into despair when his employer threatened layoffs. He couldn’t sleep, didn’t eat, and became withdrawn. The rest of the family knew something was wrong, but didn’t know what to do. Things got worse and worse, and when John attempted suicide, the family was torpedoed emotionally and financially. Desperate to keep up appearances and ashamed of what had happened, they created a web of lies to cover up what really happened to John.
Now, nine years later, the Gallagher family has begun to tell their story, and have found healing and peace in the process. They want to help other families in difficult situations; whether it is a parent struggling with depression, addiction, alcoholism or a chronic illness, the ripple effect devastates each member of the family.
Dr. Dan Gottlieb, the host of the Public Radio Program” VOICES IN THE FAMILY, said this about the Gallaghers, “I have been doing this show for 22 years and I cannot remember being so touched by a family’s story. Your daughters are beautiful inside and out. Thank you for trusting me with your story.” The Gallaghers are available to share their story and look forward to hearing from you.
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John and Patricia Gallagher welcome interviews and speaking engagements. May be available on short notice.
Box 561, Worcester, PA 19490 (Philadelphia suburb)