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Believe it or not, minorities are experiencing various forms of mental illness and have done so for decades. Mental illnesses tends to sit in the background in silence in minority households. Yassin S. Hall walks us through the shadows of her life as a child growing up with a mom that has mental illness in Journey Untold - My Mother's Struggle with Mental Illness. In Yassin S. Hall’s town within the Virgin Islands, everyone knows your business due to its small community. Her mother's illness created several stigmas that followed Yassin S. Hall wherever she went. It is Yassin S. Hall’s goal to not only tell her story, but to show how this illness can cause harm to loved ones dealing with those affected by mental illness.
Whether it's bipolar, paranoid schizophrenia, or other forms of mental illness, the disease is debilitating for everyone - from the person living with it to their loved ones having to deal with the sickness. Journey Untold - My Mother's Struggle with Mental Illness by Yassin S. Hall says that we will no longer hide this illness affecting our families under the rug; help is needed. Mental illnesses come in various forms from abuse, compulsive disorders and addiction to depression. We need more support groups that speak to the specific needs of people of color. “If I can motivate, empower, and uplift just one woman a day, then that’s my purpose. That is what keeps me going,” says Yassin S. Hall. Journey Untold - My Mother's Struggle with Mental Illness shows that despite your upbringing or your past, you can still have a bright and prosperous future.