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Mental health is a frequently overlooked aspect of African American health care, especially among women. This guide offers advice for helping African American women handle the stresses of everyday life and anticipate and prepare for long-term mental health. While acknowledging the myth of the “strong black female,” it stresses the importance of maintaining support systems and developing self-esteem to combat self-hatred. Also included are tips for negotiating the mental health system and understanding various types of treatments, as well as advice for instilling good health habits in the next generation.

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This guide offers advice for helping African-American women handle the stresses of everyday life and anticipate and prepare for long-term mental health. Also included are tips for negotiating the mental health system and understanding various types of treatments, as well as advice for instilling good health habits in the next generation.

In our society, mental instability is looked at as taboo; something to hide behind and definitely not to address with your family and friends, much less seeing a therapist. It is because of these views that many women don’t get the guidance and/or support they need when faced with the frailties of the human psyche. In an entertaining, yet informative approach, Dr. Marilyn Martin gives us SAVING OUR LAST NERVE: THE AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN’S PATH TO MENTAL HEALTH.

Combined with exercises, diagrams, case studies, and statistics, SAVING OUR LAST NERVE is a wonderful resource! It helps us to realize that there are numerous resources out there that can help improve our emotional lives. In addition, it shows how to remove and minimize stress in your life in order to live more peacefully. Not only did I like Dr. Martin’s teachings, I also enjoyed that she opened each chapter with an African Proverb. This book will definitely come in handy for all those who have ever told someone… “you’re working my last nerve” and even for those who want to know how to keep from getting to that point.

Reviewed by Tee C. Royal of The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers

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