Fantastic Email–“I was planning to commit suicide the day you left a copy of Feeling Good at my front door!”

Dear friends and colleagues,

I thought you might enjoy this wonderful email I received several days ago, and publish here with the permission of Dr. Robert Schachter, from New York city.


Dear David,

I want to share an experience that almost made me cry.  A woman from Nebraska had tracked me down on the internet to treat her mid-20’s daughter who was living in New York.  She said that she had been profoundly affected by Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy.

She went on to say that when her daughter was in preschool, the nursery school teacher was fired and had been very distraught. She had liked this woman and felt very bad for her. So, she went to her house but the woman would not come to the door. She then went home and took her copy of Feeling Good and left it on the woman’s doorstep.

Their paths diverged, but some time later she bumped into her.  The woman came up to her and said, “I just want to thank you.  I want you to know that you saved my life!  My father had committed suicide and the day that you came by, I was planning my own suicide.  That book saved my life.

Thank you.”

Then my patient’s mother said, “God Bless Dr. Burns.”

Robert Schachter, Ed.D.
Licensed  Psychologist


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Thanks! David

10 thoughts on “Fantastic Email–“I was planning to commit suicide the day you left a copy of Feeling Good at my front door!”

  1. This doesn’t surprise me at all. The book is written in such a way that the reader cannot mistake the warmth and compassion that are conveyed by the author.

  2. Love this email. Yes of course. I get it!

    And you trained me well.

    I’m grateful for you too, because you helped me to become the best therapist I could be.

    Many Thanks for all you’ve done and are doing!

    Warm regard Louise Glenn

    Sent from my iPhone


  3. Don’t want this to go to your head David 🤔😊. But. You also saved my life and my career. Thank you sincerely

  4. Delightful moments of life …when you see the principles of cbt worked well in a persons have been instrumental in removing depression in someone. I also appreciate the thoughtfulness , concern and kindness of the mother who left the book at her doorsteps.

  5. Very heart warming story….I’m not surprised either! Feeling Good book changed my life too, after seeing it on a ‘bibliotherapy’ list…I could finally recognise I was depressed & do something about it.
    I’m always recommending David’s books to others & posted a copy to a very depressed friend.

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