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

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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  1. Dotun "Stephen Akinduro" said,

    Wrote on November 3, 2011 @ 7:28 am

    5.0 out of 5 stars
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    This review is from: Lay My Burden Down: Suicide and the Mental Health Crisis among African-Americans (Paperback)

    The most valuable aspect of this book for me is the perspective of the author about her brother’s suicide and how it effected her. That’s unique and only she can tell us about that.

    Anyone who uses Google can readily discover statistical evidence demonstrating that Blacks are committing suicide far more often now than we did forty years ago. Having read many scholarly articles and National Institute of Health reports about suicide, I did not find that I learned substantially more through this book.

    Nonetheless, I have only the deepest respect for its authors and I hope the Black perspective they bring to the topic will help caregivers keep Black patients safer and provide therapy more effectively; help Black families escape denial to confront reality when a member of the family is considering suicide; and even help people considering suicide to realize that they are not alone in their anguish.

    A book that offers those benefits is well worth offering to those who might be helped.

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  2. B. B. Smith "Byrd's nest" said,

    Wrote on November 3, 2011 @ 8:11 am

    5 of 9 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A must read for all African-Americans, September 29, 2005
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    Dotun “Stephen Akinduro” (Columbus, GA) –

    This review is from: Lay My Burden Down: Suicide and the Mental Health Crisis among African-Americans (Paperback)

    My mother died by suicide when I was 9 years old. What I find most amazing till this day is how my family (we are African-American) refused to talk about her mental illness and the circumstances that lead to her death. For years, I would rather lie about her death and her illness, than admit that she was mentally ill.

    This book takes the blinders off an issue that we don’t like to talk about in the black community. How many times have we heard comedians joke about mental health issues being a “white man’s disease”. But the truth is that mental illness affects people of all classes, ethnic backgrounds and religion. It can especially hit the poor very hard due to insufficient access to health care. With necessary information, statistics and a very objective approach, the authors of this great book show how mental illness is more of a problem than we would like to think, and yet “age old stigmas” (especially the one that associates mental illness with being crazy) make it hard for us to seek the treatment that we need. Of course, there are other issues that are addressed, such as the insensitivity of the health care community towards the health care needs of African-Americans.

    This book is a must read for anyone sinmcerly concerned about the overall health of the African-American community and our society as a whole

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  3. Anonymous said,

    Wrote on November 3, 2011 @ 8:51 am

    0 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
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    Knowledge is Power, March 3, 2010
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    B. B. Smith “Byrd’s nest” (Pennsylvania USA) –
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    Everyone in the Afro American community needs to read this book.

    It’s has helped me cope with the death of my son.

    It also addresses the slow suicide of drug, alcohol & sex addiction afflicting our most important resource; our youth.

    A grieving mother.

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