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Lay My Burden Down: Suicide and the Mental Health Crisis Among African-Americans
     

Lay My Burden Down: Suicide and the Mental Health Crisis Among African-Americans

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by Alvin F. Poussaint Doctor, Amy Alexander, Amy Alexander
 

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ISBN-10: 0807009598

ISBN-13: 9780807009598

Pub. Date: 10/28/2001

Publisher: Beacon

Through stories (including their own), interviews, and analysis of the most recent data available, Dr. Alvin Poussaint and journalist Amy Alexander offer a groundbreaking look at 'posttraumatic slavery syndrome,' the unique physical and emotional perils for black people that are the legacy of slavery and persistent racism. They examine the historical, cultural, and

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Through stories (including their own), interviews, and analysis of the most recent data available, Dr. Alvin Poussaint and journalist Amy Alexander offer a groundbreaking look at 'posttraumatic slavery syndrome,' the unique physical and emotional perils for black people that are the legacy of slavery and persistent racism. They examine the historical, cultural, and social factors that make many blacks reluctant to seek health care, and cite ways that everyone from the layperson to the health care provider can help.

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ISBN-13:
9780807009598
Publisher:
Beacon
Publication date:
10/28/2001
Edition description:
None
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.35(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.40(d)

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Lay My Burden Down: Suicide and the Mental Health Crisis Among African-Americans 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Suicide is such a taboo subject, especially in the African-American community. I know this because my maternal grandfather and my mother both died by suicide. It has been my discovery that there have been few resources that tackled this very sensitive subject (especially as it pertains to blacks), but with the help of books like 'Lay My Burden Down', people are becoming a little less apprehensive about talking about the subject. This book gave me tremendous insight into not just the statistics, but the failure of the mental health community to successfully address the unique mental health crisis in many African-American communities. The book also looks at the role that faith groups and the church have played in keeping hope alive in persons facing tremendous despair. Read this book if you want to know how to better help those who are heading down the downward spiral that leads to suicide.