Despite being more likely to experience emotional distress, mental health is an often overlooked aspect of healthcare for many Black Americans. These books will help guide you through mental health care and let you know that you are not alone.
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, Ph.D.
Psychologist Rheeda Walker offers a comprehensive guide to help African Americans combat stigma, increase awareness around mental illness, practice emotional wellness, and get the best care possible for Black people in an unequal system.
Saving Our Last Nerve: The Black Woman’s Path to Mental Health by Marilyn Martin with Mark Moss
This guide offers advice for helping African American women handle the stresses of everyday life and anticipate and prepare for long-term mental health. It includes tips for negotiating the mental health system.
Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks on Me by Charlamagne Tha God
Charlamagne Tha God, bestselling author and radio personality, shares how anxiety has plagued his life, even during professional and personal success. He chronicles his journey to beat those fears and shows a path that you, too, can take to overcome the anxieties that may be holding you back.
Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurting: Real Lalk for When There’s Nowhere to Go But Up by Terrie M. Williams
Williams identifies emotional pain — which uniquely and profoundly affects the Black experience — as the root of lashing out through desperate acts of crime, violence, drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorders, workaholism, and addiction to shopping, gambling, and sex. She has inspired the famous and the ordinary to speak out and mental health professionals to offer solutions.
Standing in the Shadows: Understanding and Overcoming Depression in Black Men by John Head
Standing in the Shadows weaves the author’s story of his twenty-five-year struggle with depression with a cultural analysis of how the illness is perceived in the black community–and why nobody wants to talk about it.