The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health
Navigate an Unequal System, Learn Tools for Emotional Wellness, and Get the Help you Deserve
by Rheeda Walker
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Pub Date 04 Jun 2020 | Archive Date 29 Apr 2020
New Harbinger Publications, Inc., New Harbinger
An unapologetic exploration of the Black mental health crisis—and a comprehensive road map to getting the care you deserve in an unequal system.
We can’t deny it any longer: there is a Black mental health crisis in our world today. Black people die at disproportionately high rates due to chronic illness, suffer from poverty, under-education, and the effects of racism. This book is an exploration of Black mental health in today’s world, the forces that have undermined mental health progress for African Americans, and what needs to happen for African Americans to heal psychological distress, find community, and undo years of stigma and marginalization in order to access effective mental health care.
In The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health, psychologist and African American mental health expert Rheeda Walker offers important information on the mental health crisis in the Black community, how to combat stigma, spot potential mental illness, how to practice emotional wellness, and how to get the best care possible in system steeped in racial bias.
This breakthrough book will help you:
Recognize mental and emotional health problems
Understand the myriad ways in which these problems impact overall health and quality of life and relationships
Develop psychological tools to neutralize ongoing stressors and live more fully
Navigate a mental health care system that is unequal.
It’s past time to take Black mental health seriously. Whether you suffer yourself, have a loved one who needs help, or are a mental health professional working with the Black community, this book is an essential and much-needed resource.
“In her groundbreaking book, The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health, Rheeda Walker speaks directly to Black people: her book helps us to understand how racism, daily stress, and socioeconomic factors impact our daily lives. She places our experiences in the larger context of our culture and our African roots, so that we can embrace the power that is within us: our resilience and fortitude. In doing so, Walker gives us recommendations for change, whether it be getting the help we need, or learning how to bring about emotional well-being.”
—Lily D. McNair, PhD, clinical psychologist, and president of Tuskegee University