In “The Invisible Ache”, Courtney B. Vance and psychologist Dr. Robin L. Smith delve deeply into the alarming mental health crisis Black men and boys are experiencing across America. Drawing attention to the CDC’s unsettling findings of the rapid surge in suicide rates among this demographic, Dr. Smith highlights how historical racial trauma alongside the pervasive modern-day epidemic of isolation and loneliness contributes to this phenomenon. Vance, who is driven by the loss of his father and godson, dedicates himself to processing the anguish his father enduring and striving to ameliorate the generational trauma in his community. Together, their work shines a poignant life on the distressing but often overlooked reality, highlighting the urgent need to understand, support, and heal Black male mental health.
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