Vacations can be tough times for those struggling with mental health issues such as depression, but the Riverside County woman hopes her journey will inspire people to get the help they need. increase.
Thanks to her family and therapy, she went from being homeless to a successful business owner.
Crystal Smith does what he wants. She dyes, cuts, and styles people’s hair.
“Blessed, blessed is the word,” said Smith.
In November 2020, Smith fell into a severe depression, something he’s dealt with from time to time since his teenage years.
Smith says her depression worsened after giving birth to her last two children.
“I just wanted to stay in bed all day,” Smith said. I just wanted to stay in bed.”
Her depression became so severe that Smith had to give up her job. She required treatment that included staying in a special home for intensive care.
“They would always tell me at home, ‘You gotta find a great support system and people trying to lift you up, someone who will be there for you whether you’re at your most depressed or not.’ ” said Smith.
That support system includes her church and her husband, Dillon, who quit his job so he could focus on Crystal’s recovery while caring for six children, ages 3 to 11.
“I was a truck driver and I didn’t want to come home and find my wife dead,” Dillon said.
With minimal income, the family was forced to live in a motel for a short time before finally saving enough money to buy a campervan.
For over a year and a half, they stayed at campgrounds throughout Riverside County.
In the meantime, Ms. Dillon says the treatment and medication have made her feel better and she has started cutting hair for the campers.
“Then one of her friends reached out and said, ‘I’m not working three days a week. If you want to pop into my salon suite these three days, you’re welcome.'” said Dillon.
In June, Crystal and Dillon saved enough money to open Smith Hair Salon in Temecula.
They also started a non-profit organization called “Crown of Glory Ministries.”
“To help people who are in the same situation as they were two years ago,” Dillon said.
By giving advice on how to deal with a mental health crisis, and most importantly, by giving hope that a good support system and good therapy will improve the situation.
“The treatment will not end immediately, so please do not give up no matter how long it takes.