Journey of the Heart is the journal written by seventeen-year-old Katie after she lost her teenage brother to suicide. These private, raw, and unedited pages of her journal are a companion for anyone who has been impacted by suicide and shows them they are not alone and there is hope. Her book tells the warning signs of suicide to help save a life.
“In really good families, strong families, difficult trials happen and suicide is one of them. You sharing your story… perhaps saved another life.”
-Oprah Winfrey and Katie Williams interview, 2006
"After my brother died I kept a journal to help me grapple with the loss. Years later, after encouragement from friends, I decided to publish it to help others who have been impacted by suicide. My book tells suicide warning signs in order to raise awareness to help save a life. I hope my book is a companion for you showing you there is hope and you are not alone."
-Katie Williams, author
A portion of all sales goes towards the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 800-273-8255.
Interview: Oprah and Katie Williams
Oprah and author Katie Williams talk about her book and suicide prevention on The Oprah Winfrey SiriusXM Channel.
L.A. County Youth Suicide Prevention Project
Katie shares her story included in a video resource for educators to equip them for how to handle the loss of a student to suicide.
iHeartRadio Community Council Interview
Interview on iHeartRadio 102.7 KIIS-FM in Los Angeles regarding suicide prevention and awareness.
Gary and Shannon, KFI 640
Katie talks with Gary and Shannon for May, Mental Health Month, on May 2 the day of the book launch and her brother's birthday. This segment shares suicide warning signs and resources.
Valentine in the Morning
Katie Williams spoke to The Valentine in the Morning show about her book, Journey of the Heart, how her brother's suicide has impacted her life, and how you can recognize warning signs to save a life.
The Woody Show
Katie sits down with The Woody Show to talk about suicide warning signs, how to help others, and her book Journey of the Heart.
The Dr. Wendy Walsh Show
Katie talks to Dr. Wendy Walsh about suicide warning signs, prevention, and her book.
A reminder for anyone who is thinking about suicide or you know someone who might be thinking about suicide, please reach out: 800-273-8255 🧡
KOST 103.5 Los Angeles
Katie sits down with Kari Steele on KOST 103.5, an iHeartRadio station in Los Angeles, for the Sunday Morning Journal podcast to educate and talk about May-Mental Health Month, suicide warning signs, and her book.
#WeRiseLA is an inspiring festival of art, music + community building in Los Angeles centered around mental health for youth. Katie speaks at WeRiseLA to share her story, her book to help others along their journey, and share suicide warning signs to help save a life.
"Real, honest, inspiring and hopeful. Katie's unique ability to share her story and journey in this way will bring healing and hope to those who have suffered the tragic loss of a loved one."
-Amazon Customer, 5 out of 5 stars
“Loss is a difficult thing to talk about anytime, much less loss from a suicide. Katie’s words bring alive pictures of emotions that a devastating loss may otherwise numb. It’s a supportive and relatable resource for anyone struggling to process and grapple with that pain. Katie sheds hope and light on the direst of topics, and assures the reader that they are not alone.”
-Monica, New York, Amazon 5 out of 5 stars
“I was a teen when I lost my friend to suicide and now work for a community mental health agency that operates a 24/7 suicide prevention crisis line. This book has helped many people and myself over the years. I have worked in Suicide Prevention for over 10 years and I highly recommend Journey of the Heart."
-Rebecca, Amazon, 5 out of 5 stars
"We have all been touched by suicide- a loved one, an acquaintance, a favorite actor/entertainer. This is an extremely tough topic and Journey of the Heart tackles it with grace. The very real experience of a life touched by suicide, and an unwavering commitment to see beauty in life, is the essence of the author's writing. Be prepared to cry, but also to rejoice, as you join Katie on her journey from high school to adulthood, following the loss of her beloved older brother. Learn that out of tragedy can emerge so much strength and love and newfound energy to live for you, but also to always celebrate the memory of the one you lost. This should be required reading for college freshmen. Suicide is a very real issue that we need to talk about to enable the support of those who need it most. Read Journey of the Heart and be inspired to help someone in need, or truly to just live more, yourself."
-KB, Amazon 5 out of 5 stars
Paperback and audio book read by the author available now:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The Lifeline provides 24-7 free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. They have both a phone network and a national chat network.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
AFSP raises awareness, funds scientific research, and provides resources and aid to those affected by suicide. Suicide warning signs according to AFSP:
If a person talks about:
• Being a burden to others
• Feeling trapped
• Experiencing unbearable pain
• Having no reason to live
• Killing themselves
Specific things to look out for include:
• Increased use of alcohol or drugs
• Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online for materials or means
• Acting recklessly
• Withdrawing from activities
• Isolating from family and friends
• Sleeping too much or too little
• Visiting or calling people to say goodbye
• Giving away prized possessions
People who are considering suicide often display one or more of the following moods:
• Loss of interest
Katie Williams was raised in Northridge, a suburb of Los Angeles, California. She graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric and Public Address from Hillsdale College. Journey of the Heart is her first book. She and her husband Jeff live in Los Angeles.