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About Manya Chylinski
“What if I’m not #BostonStrong?”
Manya Chylinski is a survivor of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
Manya’s life was violently altered, along with the lives of hundreds of others, while a spectator at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 13, 2013. Without physical injuries, she returned to her daily life where she struggled with fear and anxiety. It took recognizing that she was not merely a witness but also a victim for her to get real help.
How do you help the invisible victims of mass violence like the Boston Marathon bombing? 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.
Manya speaks on a variety of topics including:
• Coping with post-traumatic stress as a civilian
• Being an invisible victim of a crime
Her goals are to share what she has learned as a survivor, to educate people about mental health injuries from mass violence, and to spread the word that psychological trauma is a normal response to an abnormal event like a bombing.
Get in touch! How can I help your organization or conference reach its goals?