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Black Author Addresses Mental Health Issues That Are Often Ignored

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 Detroit, MI -- Author Tamela C. Todd will release her memoir, Emotions of The Mind: Breaking the Cycle, during Mental Health Awareness week, October 7-13.

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 Todd will reveal her poignant story at her book launch, Saturday, October 13, 2018 3-6 p.m. at the House of Pure Vin, located at 1433 Woodward Detroit, MI 48226. Emotions of The Mind will compel readers to recognize, reveal and resolve mental health issues that are often ignored. Todd, who is a literacy and mental health advocate, aims to shift the narrative about mental health.

"I know my past has encouraged and empowered me, but reading helped me see things differently and it opened my eyes to a lot of thing that were dysfunctional," says Todd. "My goal is to help others see a difference and let people know it's okay to discuss mental stigmas and ask for help. We are responsible for what's going on with us mentally because we’re the only ones that know the truth. It is our responsibility to deal with our pain, trauma and illness. We have to take that first step to make that change. I know this is going to be powerful and help someone else that’s going through all the stuff I went through."

Emotions of The Mind serves as a guide on how to thrive despite trauma. Readers will gain insight on how they can help family and friends who suffer with mental health issues. The transparency of Todd's journey will inspire readers to evaluate their own mental health and emotional intelligence. It will also empower readers and raise awareness about the impact of mental and emotional health.

Following the Q&A and book discussion, a raffle will occur. Four attendees will win a bottle of wine or a wine accessory. Emotions of The Mind is available now for preorder at After its release, the book will be available on, Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Follow Tamela C. Todd on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter for updates.

Book Launch Schedule:
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Meet and Greet: 3-3:30 p.m.
Q&A/Book Discussion 3:30-4:00 p.m.
Raffle: 4:00-4:30 p.m.
Book Signing: 4:30-6 p.m.

About Tamela C. Todd
Tamela Todd uses the transitions in her life to write her story of perseverance and evolution. After surviving a home where her father's schizophrenia fostered chaos, she mimicked that dysfunction in her first marriage. She endured the same emotional and mental abuse from her childhood, until her love for reading inspirational books sparked an epiphany. She realized the value in her purpose.

She aims to shun the stigmas of mental health and raise awareness that will empower others to share their stories. Her 20 years in the healthcare field has deepened her insight into the effects of physical, emotional and mental trauma. As the founder and executive director of Brown Girls Read Book Club, her passion for literacy shapes future leaders. She believes literacy gives us the ability to initiate and participate in discussions, debates, and decisions related to individuals and our community.

Todd has been featured on several media outlets including WDIV Channel 4, Detroit's Hot 107.5 with Koffey Brown, Michigan Chronicle, Metro Parent, Rolling Out magazine, Motor City Woman Radio, Lady Blogger and Black Pearls Literary Magazine.

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