Manya Chylinski is a survivor of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Her life was violently altered, while a spectator at the finish line on April 15, 2013. Without physical injuries, she returned to her daily life where she struggled with fear and anxiety. Upon recognition that she was not merely a witness but also a victim, did she sought help. How do you help the invisible victims of mass violence? As a speaker and a writer, Manya’s mission is to spread the word about how some survivors of mass violence appear unharmed but actually experience very real mental health injuries.
Mental Health America understands that racism undermines mental health. Therefore, we are committed to anti-racism in all that we do. This means that we pledge to work against individual racism, interpersonal racism, and institutional racism in all their forms.