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Hazell McKenzie releases Suitcase of Dreams on Nov 5th 2019

Caribbean-American Mental Health Advocate Hazell McKenzie is set to release her new book ‘Suitcase of Dreams’ to the masses.

These memoirs aim to be a beacon of hope to those who are struggling through the various stages of mental illness and to provide real insight and spark constructive conversation about the trials and tribulations which lead to and are caused by these situations.


The Vincentian-born, US-based Hazell has worn many hats which include social worker, mental health ambassador, recording artiste, TV personality, entrepreneur and single mother.

She now proudly bears the title of author with this latest autobiographic publication.


The inspiration behind the aptly titled ‘Suitcase of Dreams’ began over 20 years ago when Hazell literally packed a suitcase as an eager, teenaged island girl and first migrated to the United States in hopes of a better life.


The book explores the growing pains she suffered as a newCaribbeanimmigrant adjusting to life in the fast-paced first-world climate which would set her on a path of emotional challenges. These challenges included dealing with family members’ deaths, the difficulties of single parenthood, battles with chronic depression, stagnation, anxiety, paranoia and a lack of coping mechanisms for several ordeals which would eventually push her to the verge of committing suicide.


This self-authored, literary labour of love also highlights Hazell’s ability to overcome the odds, turn her circumstances around and move from a life of despair into one of achievement.

Through strength, appropriate treatment and what can only be described as a divine intervention Hazell was able to rise like a phoenix blazing a trail upwards to success.


More than just a coffee table book, ‘Suitcase of Dreams’ offers readers a thought-provoking yet poignant look into the life of a very-relatable human being. The book is positioned to appeal to many persons from different walks of life (not only those who suffer or may have suffered from any sort of mental illness).


Regarding the book, Hazell, who starred in season 12 of the Food Network’s reality show ‘Worst Cooks inAmerica’ shared, “I want to touch many lives through the various experiences outlined in this book. Everyone from immigrants who are struggling to assimilate into a foreign culture and single mothers who are caught up in the struggle to anyone who may be battling with depression, anxiety, PTSD and suicide ideation.”


She continued, “I want them to know that the burden they carry or the pain they mask is just temporary and with perseverance, hope and the right coping tools deliverance is possible. I am a living testament of this.”


‘Suitcase of Dreams’ will be released in hard copy and E-book on November 5th, 2019 on Amazon. Pre-order the E-book now via:

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