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The Invisible Ache: Black Men Identifying Their Pain and Reclaiming Their Power

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A moving combination of memoir, psychology, and practical tools, this book offers Black men guidance and support for reclaiming mental well-being and finding whole, full-hearted living.

Early in his career, actor Courtney B. Vance lost his father to suicide. Recently, he lost his godson to the same fate. Still, as mental health discourse hits the mainstream, it leaves the most vulnerable out of the conversation: Black men.

In America, we teach that strength means holding back tears and shaming your own feelings. In the Black community, these pressures are especially poignant. Poor mental health outcomes-- including diagnoses of depression and anxiety, reliance on prescription drugs, and suicide-- have skyrocketed in the past decade. Institutionalized racism, microagressions, and stress caused by socioeconomic factors have led Black individuals to face worse mental health outcomes than any other demographic.

In this book, Courtney B. Vance seeks to change this trajectory. Along with professional expertise from famed psychologist Dr. Robin Smith (popularly known as "Dr. Robin"), Courtney B. Vance explores issues of grief, relationships, identity, and race through the telling of his own most formative experiences. Together, Courtney and Dr. Robin provide a guide for Black men navigating life's ups and downs, reclaiming mental well-being, and examining broken pieces to find whole, full-hearted living. Self-care is an act of revolution. It's time to revolutionize mental health in the Black community.

ISBN-13: 9781538725139

Media Type: Hardcover

Publisher: Balance

Publication Date: 11-07-2023

Pages: 288

Dr. Robin L. Smith is a licensed psychologist, bestselling author, and media personality who brings a uniquely healing and fearlessly truthful perspective to society's most daunting mental health crises: from racism and racial violence, to grief and loss, to recovering as a nation after the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic. Warm and wise, nonjudgmental yet no-nonsense, Dr. Robin draws from her professional and personal experiences to help others transform trauma into triumph.

Courtney B. Vance has carefully cultivated an extraordinary career that showcases his passion, talent, and intellect. Known for successfully finding the dignity and honor in each character he explores; Vance is a Harvard scholar, a Yale School of Drama trained actor, and powerful presence on theatrical boards as well as the silver screen.