Breaking the Silence: Chrys Violet, HBCU Alum, Maps Out the Journey to Mental Wellness
By: Space for Healing
Chrys Violet knows that statistics do little to convey the depths of the lived experiences of those battling depression and the empathy that must meet it. Picture this: you're dealing with the usual worries, sadness, or discomfort that life throws your way, but instead of processing and releasing them, they intensify, leaving you feeling like a stranger to yourself, rendering you incapable of functioning normally. Astonishingly, it takes an average of 11 years for individuals to seek treatment after their mental health symptoms surface—eleven years of silent suffering fueled by fear, shame, or apprehension about seeking help. As Chrys emphasizes, "Mental health, left untreated, doesn't go away, instead it festers like diabetes or cancer." Statistically, 1 in 5 adults grapple with mental illness and 1 in 20 face severe mental health challenges. Chrys underscores the significance of culturally competent care, especially within the Black community.
Space for Healing was created to underscore the value of a therapeutic environment fostering openness and acceptance and remind us that the journey toward healing is not a mere indulgence but a vital pilgrimage that shapes us, our relationships, and our place in the world. This realization prompted Chrys to focus on helping individuals and couples achieve everyday wellness through private practice. Simultaneously, she has been actively engaged in writing, collaborating with thought leaders and fellow therapists, conducting seminars, participating in panel discussions, and utilizing various creative means to normalize mental health care, placing it on par with spiritual and physical well-being. Chrys Violet states, "My mission is to debunk the myths surrounding mental health, dismantle the barriers to overall wellness, reshape perceptions, and emphasize the positive impact of non-judgmental, culturally competent care on daily functioning."
Chrys Violet's Tips for Managing Depression:
In Chrys Violet's words, "Through mindfulness, we can navigate life's ups and downs with greater insight, patience, and love, finding peace of mind not in a perfect life but in a balanced one."
About Chrys Violet
Chrys Violet is a licensed clinician and the founder of Space for Healing, with over two decades of experience working with others. Chrys' dedication to promoting mental wellness and breaking down the barriers surrounding mental health within the African-American community is her mission and passion.
About Space for Healing
Space for Healing is a sanctuary founded by Chrys Violet, providing a safe and accepting environment for individuals and couples to embark on their journey toward wellness. It offers therapy, counseling, and resources to support mental health and well-being. Visit https://www.spaceforhealingtherapy.com/
Karen Taylor Bass