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Book Title: Journey Untold|
The author of the book: Yassin Hall
Edition: Self Published
Date of issue: January 1st 2015
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This trans-formative book grips readers from the beginning and takes you on an emotional ride through the eyes of a child of a mother suffering with schizophrenia as she matures into womanhood. Journey Untold will make you laugh, make you cry, and most importantly spark a conversation about how people can cope with life’s challenges.
Mental illness is something that is still not talked about in the many communities, but especially in communities of color, like the one I grew up in, in the U.S. Virgin Islands. This memoir offers a look at mental illness from my perspective as the child of a mother suffering from the effects of schizophrenia.
My hope is that this book will help to remove the shame associated with this disease and that a discussion can take place in personal circles about the harm that is done when we keep silent about unpopular disorders for fear of shame, retribution, or bullying. Mental illness is real; its consequences are shattering; and the lives left to pick up the pieces can only be rebuilt with truth and acceptance.
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Read information about the authorShe is a Mental Health Advocate, Educator, and Motivational Speaker born and raised on St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. She resides in Atlanta, Georgia and is the visionary Founder and Program Manager of Milestones Mom’s Support Group, an entity providing support and resources to Mom’s who share similar unspoken experiences and challenges of raising a child suffering from some form of mental illness.
Hall is a certified CIT & Mental Health First Aider, Entrepreneur, Real Estate Mogul, Life Mentor and Dance Mom. Her childhood fascination with fashion ignited her interest to pursue modelling and designing at age 12. While modelling gained the young island beauty tremendous notoriety locally and internationally, there was much greater notoriety surrounding her publicly stemming from Yassin’s mother’s battle and unfortunate demise living with schizophrenia. After witnessing her mother suffer a mental breakdown before her childhood eyes, almost losing her young life by the hands of the very person that was supposed to love, nurture and protect her.
She was raised by her maternal grandmother and paternal uncle while bearing the public shame and stigma of her mother’s mental illness. A huge burden and obstacle that could’ve easily derailed her will to persevere and fight towards the destiny that she credits God with ordaining.
Her story is one of turmoil and redemption that has propelled her to champion the cause of mental illness and embrace her staple messaging “It’s okay to not be okay”. She wants her story as a child living with a mother that was mentally ill to inspire, save and break the curse through her mission of acceptance, education and treatment.
Yassin has traveled the country and worked closely with the Department of Mental Health to bring awareness to communities deteriorating with many undiagnosed and untreated mentally ill. She is convinced that this cycle can be broken so that millions suffering with depression, anxiety and mental disorders can fight to their own ordained destiny. She has devoted her time, services and efforts to numerous organizations dedicated to this cause including NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and serves as a Presenter on the organization’s behalf for “Ending the Silence” teaching mental health from lived experience to high school students; amongst her many other affiliations and work with mental illness in the Caribbean and U.S.
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