Suicidal, NOT

Maximize Your Mental Health

Non-Fiction - Self Help
183 Pages
Reviewed on 07/12/2020
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Author Biography

“Writing has saved my life a thousand times.” While many might take this as figurative speech, reading and writing poetry have done just this, and so much more for me. If I were not a writer, I am certain my life would not be as fruitful and rewarding. Ultimately, I am dedicated to growing in my passion and craft. I am committed to creating literature that enhances critical thought, while promoting empathy and understanding across race, religion, cultures and so on.

Since I was seven years old, I have been writing short stories, plays, novels, essays and poetry.

My work took an unexpected turn, however, when I was diagnosed with depression, anxiety and bipolar
disorder in March 2016, only a year after graduating from college.

Rather than let my diagnoses defeat my desire to write, I turned to the notebook. In one year, my first self-published poetry book was completed and released. My first poetry book catered to mental health issues, as I used poetry to share my challenges to rise above pain.

As more people support my efforts to help spread mental health awareness through my work, helping others continues to help me.

So, while people might think it is a figure of speech when I say, “Writing has saved my life a thousand times,” the reality is anything but that. Writing has pushed me to not only recognize my own potential, but help others to do the same.

    Book Review

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.