New York, NY (PressExposure) December 31, 2009 -- Real Men Do Cry named Two-TimeWinner in 2009 President's Book Awards from the Florida Publishers Association in Recognition of Excellence in Publishing
The Florida Publishers Association recently honored the best books in 11 categories at the annual President's Book Awards handed out in Sarasota, FL. Judges for the awards competition were professional librarians from across the state who specialize in scrutinizing books for excellence in all areas â readership value and appeal, writing, editing, layout, and design.
Real Men Do Cry: A Quarterbackâs Inspiring Story of Tackling Depression and Surviving Suicide Loss by Eric Hipple with Dr. Gloria Horsley and Dr. Heidi Horsley was named the gold winner in the "President's Pick" category and the silver winner in the âAdult Non-Fictionâ category.
Real Men Do Cry is an incredible story of tragedy and triumph. Eric experienced a debilitating downward spiral after his 15-year-old son died of suicide. Bankrupt and jailed for drunk driving, Eric sought therapy for his own depression and was able to make an amazing comeback. Eric works with the University of Michigan Depression Center as an outreach coordinator, where he travels nationwide speaking to teens and adults about ways to recognize the signs of depression and risks for potential suicide.
Endorsements for Real Men Do Cry:
âThis is an important book for everyone â fathers, husbands, sons, and the women who care about them. Ericâs message is powerfully delivered: men with depression need to seek help. Itâs not only the courageous thing to do; it can save lives.â
â Robert Gebbia, Executive Director, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
âReal men get depression. As a good quarterback, Eric decided to share his knowledge and passion in the belief that he could help explain the game plan to win this struggleâ¦â
â John F. Greden, M.D., Executive Director, University of Michigan Depression Center
âThis book is difficult to put down. Eric Hipple . . . tells the real deal about men and depression. Seeking help for depression is not a weakness or a character flaw but a sign of strength and empowerment.â
â Donna Holland Barnes, Ph.D., President of the National Organization for People of Color Against Suicide
Ericâs life's workâsupporting a program of suicide prevention is fueled by the conviction that, thousands of deaths can be prevented through recognizing the signs of depression and intervention. Eric is an example that everyone can rise above adversity and make a difference in the world.
âWeâre excited to bring Ericâs story and mission of hope to the world,â this was a very inspiring book to write with Eric, commented Dr. Gloria Horsley, Host of âHealing the Grieving Heartâ and Founder and President of The Open to Hope Foundation, sponsor of âHealing the Grieving Heartâ and The Grief Blog.
The Open to Hope show broadcasts every Monday at 11 am Pacific Standard Time and 2 pm Eastern Time on the CBS radio live streaming, Chat About it station. To listen to this show go to www.thegriefblog.com and click on archived shows.
Healing the Grieving Heart broadcasts every Thursday at 9 am Pacific Standard Time, 12 noon EST time on The VoiceAmerica Health & Wellness Network.
About Dr. Heidi Horsley
Dr. Heidi Horsley, PsyD, LMSW, MS, is a bereaved sibling and a licensed psychologist and social worker. Dr. Heidi is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Open to Hope Foundation and an adjunct professor at Columbia University. She has a private practice in Manhattan, NY specializing in grief and loss. She is also author of âTeen Grief Reliefâ and âReal Men Do Cryâ. She holds graduate degrees from the University of San Francisco, Columbia University, and Loyola University.
About Dr. Gloria Horsley
Dr. Gloria C. Horsley, PHD, MFT, CNS, is a bereaved parent, and has worked in the field of family therapy for over twenty years. Dr. Gloria is Founder and President of the Open to Hope Foundation. She serves The Compassionate Friends in a number of roles, including as a Board Director and frequently serves as a media spokesperson in her dual role as a bereaved parent and professional. She is co-author of âTeen Grief Reliefâ and âReal Men Do Cry.â She holds graduate degrees from the University of Rochester, Syracuse, Greenwich and Holos Universities.