In Black Women's Mental Health: Balancing Strength and Vulnerability, the authors delve into the resilience and strength that Black women often exhibit, as well as the vulnerabilities they may encounter due to societal pressures, stereotypes, and systemic inequalities. By examining the unique experiences of Black women, the book aims to foster a greater awareness of the specific mental health issues they face and the importance of acknowledging the interplay between race, gender, and mental well-being.
The book offers evidence-based insights, drawing from research, clinical expertise, and personal stories, to empower both Black women and mental health professionals with knowledge and tools to address these challenges effectively. It advocates for more inclusive and culturally competent mental health care that honors the diverse backgrounds and experiences of Black women, breaking down barriers to accessing adequate support.
Black Women's Mental Health: Balancing Strength and Vulnerability" is a compelling and necessary contribution to the ongoing discourse on mental health, diversity, and social justice.
The Therapy for Black Girls Podcast is a weekly conversation with Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed Psychologist in Atlanta, Georgia, about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible versions of ourselves. We often sing praises of the “strong Black woman,” but the moniker is a double-edged sword. Black women are strong, calm, and nurturing while constantly pushing aside our well-being and surviving in silence.
There’s a name for this phenomenon, the Superwoman Schema or Syndrome. Today I'm joined by Dr. Cheryl Woods- Giscombe, the woman who developed the groundbreaking conceptual framework to explore how Black women experience stress. Dr. Woods- Giscombe is a distinguished associate professor of quality of life, health promotion, and wellness at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Her research focuses on how stress leads to health disparities among African Americans. In our conversation, we discuss the origins of the Black “Superwoman” trope, how the effects of “Superwoman” syndrome show up in our everyday lives, and tips for those struggling with taking off their capes.
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