See below for the list of 2021 winners in the SELF-HELP category, for books with a copyright date of 2020. Click here to watch the Gold and Silver winner speeches.

Dementia Together: How to Communicate to Connect
2021 Gold Winner

Author: Pati Bielak-Smith

Publisher: Puddle Dancer Press

ISBN: 978-1-934336-18-2

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A practical guide to building and sustaining healthy relationships with someone experiencing symptoms of Alzheimer's or another dementia - This book is for family members, friends, spouses, caregivers, and those who simply care. There are ways to communicate that result in greater capacity to receive as well as to provide both warm connection and practical collaboration. Living with dementia gives everyone an opportunity to grow their hearts bigger.

Exit the Maze: One Addiction, One Cause, One Cure
2021 Silver Winner

Author: Dr. Donna Marks

Publisher: Westward Publishing

ISBN: 978-0-578-59545-0

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Exit the Maze goes beyond traditional treatment offering less than a twenty-five percent rate of recovery. With over 30 years of personal and professional experience, Marks explains why abstinence and healing the underlying trauma are not enough. She contends that every addiction is a substitute for love, self-love is the only path to permanent freedom.

The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health: Navigate an Unequal System, Learn Tools for Emotional Wellness, and Get the Help You Deserve
2021 Silver Winner

Author: Rheeda Walker, PhD

Publisher: New Harbinger Press

ISBN: 978-1-68403-414-7

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There is a Black mental health crisis in our world today. This book is a candid exploration of the forces that have undermined Black mental health for generations. It is, simultaneously, an inspiring roadmap for healing emotional pain, tackling stigma, and living more fully using culturally and empirically supported tools.


See below for the list of 2020 winners in the SELF-HELP category, for books with a copyright date of 2019.

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Your Turn: Ways to Celebrate Life through Storytelling
2020 Gold Winner

Author: Dr. Tyra Manning

Publisher: She Writes Press

ISBN: 978-1-6315245-6-1

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A renowned educator offers stories from her own life, followed by an invitation for readers to delve into their own emotional histories and explore writing.

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From Fear to Faith
2020 Silver Winner

Author: Julie Klenk

Publisher: Tristan Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-939881-18-2

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From Fear to Faith is a simple, life-changing study of who God is, who we are, and where we find our identity, peace and strength.

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Mental Health Strong: A Christian’s Guide to Walking Resiliently Alongside Your Spouse with a Mental Health Condition
2020 Silver Winner

Author: Erin Ramachandran 

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 978-1-5320692-8-4

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Mental Health Strong is a how-to guide of a spouse whose partner battles multiple mental health conditions and offers real-life, faith-based, practical examples and resources.

Truthspeaking: Ancestral Ways to Hear and Speak the Voice of the Heart
2020 Silver Winner

Author: Tamarack Song

Publisher: Snow Wolf Publishing

ISBN: 978-0-9894737-6-7

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Let’s reacquaint ourselves with a way of life based on the gentle, clear, and heartfelt communication which the American Indian Elders I apprenticed to called Truthspeaking.

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