Book Spotlight – Bottled Up: African American Teens and Depression by Rose Jackson-Beavers

One of the greatest myths we can tell ourselves is that we’re alone. In a world of billions of people, and with the prevalence of social media, we can connect with more individuals than ever before. However, the same tools that unite us can be used to magnify the differences in our lives and others’ that we view. During times of stress and suffering, seeing a person’s smiling face, exciting travels, and with a group of friends can make people feel isolated. However, if you feel this way, know that you are not alone.
“Bottled Up Inside: African American Teens and Depression” is a needed guide for those who wish to encourage the youths in their lives, but aren’t too sure which way to go about it. Rose Jackson-Beavers and Reverend Jermine D. Alberty dive into the epidemic that plagues teens, particularly in the Black community.
Which five words best describe Bottled up Inside? Strategies, informative, enlightening, easy to read, universal

Can you share one highlight from the book?
In 2003, the Center of Disease Control and Prevention estimated that every 4.5 hours, an African American takes their life. To address this concern, “Bottled Up” tackles each avenue of depression that can be addressed and breaks it down into comprehensive knowledge that can help identify if they or someone they love needs help and how to get it. Jackson-Beavers and Alberty also remove the stigma that comes from mental illness in the Black community and attempts to engage the reader into a judgment-free dialogue that might open their eyes to things that they might have been blind to before.

What is the purpose of this book?
To help reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and to normalize counseling so that people will feel comfortable getting help.

Are there themes that you find turn up again and again in your work? Mental health affects us all in different ways, and that as African Americans, we need to discuss this topic more.

.What part of the book did you enjoy writing? All of it because I want us to become healthy and whole.

Can you tell us something that even your most loyal fans may not know about you?
I have been helping people deal with painful issues since I was probably 15 or younger.

Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers? This book should be in every home. We have to change our thinking on mental health and do what is best to feel good about ourselves.

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