Virgin Islands native, Yassin Hall is the CEO of B.O.S.S. Class LLC, an author, and an influencer on many around the world with all her successful ventures in life. Over the years, she has gained over 700 students in order to teach them how to build a profitable business online! In addition to that, her book titled, Journey Untold: Twisted Love: My Mother’s Struggle with Mental Illness shares her perspective as a child whose mother was undiagnosed with depression causing illness that eventually led to paranoid schizophrenia. In all her efforts, it is clear to see why she is so passionate about sharing her story to encourage the lives of others. Check out our exclusive interview with Yassin Hall as she opens up about her personal story.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I am a mother of four wonderful, gifted children who I consider to be my wonderful blessings. I was born in the Virgin Islands and I am a self-made multi-millionaire. I am Mental Health Advocate for several Caribbean Regions, Georgia, and Florida. I currently reside in North Georgia. I am the CEO of B.O.S.S. Amazon Class and a business expert who educates CEOs, entrepreneurs, single moms, and anyone who wants to be successful!

Tell us about your best-selling book on mental illness.

I wrote my book in 2013. It is solely about my childhood, mainly my mother who was undiagnosed with depression for over 12 years of her life and that ultimately led her to schizophrenia. The day she had her nervous breakdown actually happened to be the day that she tried to take my young life away from me. There were multiple incidents where my mother tried to take my life away from me. I wrote my book in efforts to help another person. When I went back to the Virgin Islands, I realized that the children stuck where I was. Like me, they had no help, no resources, nothing. I decided that I needed to make a change.

I came out with my story, it is an Amazon best-selling book, I’ve won multiple awards, and I am just humble and grateful that I was able to speak my truth on what it felt like to be a child in a small community where you don’t talk about mental health. You shun it under the carpet, you see it but you don’t want to admit it. We are shameful to get help so I used my book to encourage others and to let them know that it is okay to not be okay.

After I wrote my book, I realized that had my mother had gotten the treatment she needed sooner, I would not have missed out on my childhood memories. My mom used to sing with me out on the waterfront but other than that, I don’t have any positive childhood memories. I didn’t have a mother that said she was proud of me, I didn’t have a mother who told me she loved me or hugged me. The book is called, Journey Untold: Twisted Love: My Mother’s Struggle with Mental Illness. Twisted love comes from a type of love that she gave me in her own way because that’s the only way she knew how.

Why are you so passionate about helping others whether it be dealing with mental illness or helping people build a profitable business?

I help others because it’s personal for me. I’m quite aware that mental health is my living life. I see this on a daily basis. Mental health is my norm. My bubble is different so is my mindset. My children are successful and I am successful because I was aware of my mother’s situation and what I’ve been through. I took it as a lesson to teach others that you don’t have to be your label or what society wants you to be. You can be who you want to be but you have to understand that it’s a lifelong process; it’s something you have to live with for the rest of your days.

What can we expect to see from you in the future?

I am almost finished writing my second book. This book is a more self-help book that will bring you deeper into my world. It is a continuation of where I left off in Journey Untold, where I am now, and how I got here. It is geared more towards my father and how I dealt with not having him in my life. I talk about the toxic relationships I have had in my life and my goal for this book is to help other women, like myself who are going through different challenges in life.

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