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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, undereducation, 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.

©2020 Rheeda Walker (P)2020 New Harbinger Publications

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  • 06-12-21

Great Read

Listen to this in my sleep and on the way to work to deal with the abusive co workers so I don't shoot up the place but instead invest in myself and start a business cause white people fucking our world up

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Great Book!

This was a truly enlightening read. I would recommend this book to any black person who would like to understand themselves better from a mental health perspective, and to any non-black person who is interested in understanding how the black people with whom they interact might be affected my factors such as micro aggressions or discrimination. I loved that the author not only gave an explanation of how black mental health has gotten to this state, but also equipped black individuals with strategies to help bolster our mental health. Awesome read!

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Relevant

This was an extremely well written and engaging book. I loved the way the author used examples of people from all walks of life to illustrate her points. The narration was perfect. Both the material and narrator were very engaging.....I could not put the book down!

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This is a decent book

It shifts its focus part of the way through and becomes about females almost specifically. That’s fine, but as a male it was hard to feel like she was speaking to me and/or trying to help me.

But there were parts that were helpful.

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Honestly, Needed this.

I absolutely loved this book because of all the lessons I learned as a Black man. Although the words in the book is definitely guided towards Black Women, all women of color could get something from the lessons here. Definitely sending to my mom to let her know, I understand her pain a little more now, my Love for her only increased.
This year I came face to face with my own thoughts of suicide, being fed up of being misunderstood, in the military I still feel like I have to act certain way that goes beyond standard. This book has helped me, Love who I am and who my Black family is a whole lot more.

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just a man 👨

The more I read, the more I felt a victim of precipitated homicide. just wanna love live and not always lose.

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A Must Have to Your Collection

This is the audio book I never knew I needed! Every African American man or woman MUST add this book to your collection. I'm going to listen to it again and again any time I need a reminder to love me first.

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I learned so much in reading this book! I'm so glad Charlemagne recommended this read. I've been hooked listening to audible. I'd rather have a paperback, but I find it harder to keep picking it up. but audible makes it easier. This narration kept me engaged and her voice was nice. This book has surely gave me some tools to help me and my family. Phenomenal read!

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Amazing! love love live it

if I could do the Oprah and give it to all black folks I would. You got to read this guys

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Great information

I really enjoyed this book. It provides good information. I believe that it covers a decent overview about our mental health as a culture. And it also triggered some good topics to really think about. I think many will be pleasantly surprised and pleased. Great work!

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  • Olivia
  • 07-01-21

Absolutely fantastic!!

You will enjoy every single moment of this book! I wish this text was readily available for all young black people. Please read and share the contents of this book!