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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Suicidal, NOT: Maximize Your Mental Health by Ranequa Kelley-Boyd is about battling mental illness. The author discusses this unfiltered from the perspective of a black woman suffering from bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideations. The book has been divided into two parts, which are two separate journals, and each chapter has its own theme which points towards healing. This handy mental health workbook is a good resource that will aid readers on their journey, especially those who are fed up with their lives and feel like dying.
The approach to the topic is unique and different and the author has added exercises and writing prompts that will help readers explore themselves and veer towards the path of clarity and saying yes to life. What makes this book interesting is that Ranequa Kelley-Boyd does not preach; instead, she pulls readers in to share their thoughts and experiences on the topic so that they can create better habits and coping mechanisms in life. The author is straightforward and honest when speaking about her personal life. She shares her heartbreak and fun memories, and how finally she took control of her life. She also speaks about her spiritual proximity to God and how she builds up her faith and trust in Him. Ranequa Kelley-Boyd's personal insights and thought-provoking quotes will help many readers deal with their suicidal thoughts and stressful episodes. It is a good book for therapists, counselors, psychologists, and psychiatrists to use when treating their patients and helping them through their loneliness and grief.