Melissa Elise Hall (MsMissy) is a survivor of depression, suicide and extreme emotional and mental abuse. She has also lived with chronic physical illness for most of her life and, in her 20’s, became disabled. She could describe the last ten years of her life as having gone to Hell and back. Despite her experiences, and the fact that she nearly had a nervous breakdown, she was blessed to discover that hope is real. In 2012, she began the fight of her life to find purpose, reconnect with who she was and to refuse to merely exist. She chose to THRIVE.
Melissa is the oldest of six children, a godmother, an aunt, mentor and friend. She loves dogs, music, traveling and spending time with family. She has written over 100 songs and has several that are copyrighted. In her spare time, you can find her reading, shopping online, watching classic British films, or playing games on her tablet. Melissa also serves as Director of the youth ministry at her church.
Melissa holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Psychology (English minor) from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She began her career in 2008 and has experience servicing the severely mentally ill as well as working with school systems and underprivileged families. She promotes both mental and emotional wellness, self-love and healthy relationships. She believes in dealing with life’s challenges head on and realistically. She is dedicated to teaching people the importance of being honest about where they are in life and then continuing on with hope and perseverance.
In 2015, after her book, MsMissy Speaks, was published, she officially launched Moments with Missy™. Since then, she has hosted events such as Women’s Empowerment sessions, Relationship Panels, Book-related discussions and open, candid talks about her survival. She has also had radio opportunities such as being featured on Intellectual Radio as a co-host of the He Said She Said show and being interviewed on Exhale Radio.
Melissa is an Author, Speaker, Mentor, Life and Relationship Coach and the Founder of Moments with Missy™.
In June of 2017, Melissa became a part of C.H.E.R.I.S.H, an online mentoring program. She has also volunteered with youth organizations such as Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring Program and Global Girls, offering her insight and expertise on a 1-on-1 basis and as a panel member.