The Unapologetic Workbook for Black Mental Health
A Step-by-Step Guide to Build Psychological Fortitude and Reclaim Wellness
Published by: New Harbinger Publications
Imprint: New Harbinger Publications
It’s past time to take Black mental health seriously. It’s time to intentionally cultivate resilience, build unshakable confidence, claim your truth, and step into unapologetic joy with this workbook.
There is a Black mental health crisis in our world today, and it is tied to disproportionately high rates of chronic illness, poverty, under-education, unacknowledged and untreated trauma, and structural racism. Depression, anxiety, and suicide were increasing before the global pandemic, but have since escalated even further. In order to reclaim a life worth living, you must first reclaim your mind. Whether you suffer yourself, have a loved one who needs help, or are a mental health professional working with the Black community, this workbook will be your lifeline.
This workbook—from the author of The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health—offers a step-by-step, interactive journey toward better mental health. You do not have to be at the mercy of everyday circumstances that would otherwise demean you or steal your joy. Grounded in both cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), you’ll gain powerful skills to help you effectively manage stress, make self-care a priority, and find lasting emotional balance and well-being in a world still steeped in systemic inequality, discrimination, and microaggressions.
With this workbook, you’ll discover:
- What “psychological fortitude” is, and why’s it’s so important
- How to set boundaries and say “no” when you are feeling overwhelmed
- How racism can impact your mental health—and what to do about it
- How to overcome internalized racism and explore meaningful Blackness
If you’re ready to reclaim wholeness, build resilience, and thrive, this powerful workbook will be your guide.
“Rich in reflections that will revive your mental health and transform the way you practice self-care, Rheeda Walker has masterfully crafted the ultimate guide to self-awareness, self-accountability, and self-healing.”
—Nakeia Homer, well-being educator, and author of I Hope This Helps and All the Right Pieces ~Nakeia Homer
“This is a must-read resource for Black folks who face systematic racism and oppression every day. In The Unapologetic Workbook for Black Mental Health, Walker convincingly describes how racial oppression has shaped the mental health reality of Black people for generations by providing unique and complex insights while integrating psychological science and cultural values. She then brilliantly empowers the reader with skills to maximize psychological fortitude—fortitude needed in a society rife with racial discrimination.”
—Faye Belgrave, PhD, professor of psychology, and associate dean for Equity and Community Partnerships at Virginia Commonwealth University; and coauthor of Finding Her Voice ~Faye Belgrave, PhD
“Chock-full of thought-provoking questions, brimming with concrete strategies and steps, The Unapologetic Workbook for Black Mental Health is a gift to every Black person who yearns to thrive emotionally and is ready to begin tackling the stuff that gets in the way—the stress of relationships, family and work, the impact of racism, and our sometimes-ineffective efforts to cope. This workbook guides us through it all. Wise and warm!”
—Kumea Shorter-Gooden, PhD, clinical psychologist; and coauthor of the award-winning book, Shifting ~Kumea Shorter-Gooden, PhD
“The Unapologetic Workbook for Black Mental Health provides practical tools and useful prompts for Black people to engage in improving their mental well-being. Each chapter engages the reader with clear definitions of concepts, such as psychological fortitude and relatable examples of behaviors such as thinking traps. This workbook will provide Black people with a much-needed opportunity to pause, reflect, assess their mental wellness, and engage in the healing process.”
—Brandon J. Johnson, MHS, MCHES, creator of the Black Mental Wellness Lounge ~Brandon J. Johnson, MHS, MCHES
“The Unapologetic Workbook for Black Mental Health provides critically needed strategies for Black people to tap into their psychological fortitude and live the lives we wholeheartedly deserve. Rheeda Walker infuses her immense wisdom throughout this workbook to provide culturally grounded tools that center on the viewpoint that Black people have the strength to pursue therapeutic healing to help us further thrive. This workbook is refreshingly clear, affirming, and sheds new light on strengthening resilience and value-based living for Black people without, importantly, diminishing the pervasiveness of racism in our society.”
—Sierra Carter, PhD, associate professor of clinical and community psychology at Georgia State University ~Sierra Carter, PhD
“While there are numerous self-help workbooks to address mental health, most are only informed by traditional psychology which is limited in addressing the lived experiences of Black people. In The Unapologetic Workbook for Black Mental Health, Rheeda Walker masterfully combines empirically supported interventions with knowledge of Black psychology, history, and culture to provide a unique guide that empowers Black people to engage in culturally responsive self-care and stress management.”
—Kevin Cokley, PhD, university diversity and social transformation professor at the University of Michigan, and editor of Making Black Lives Matter ~Kevin Cokley, PhD