1st Edition

Black Male College Students' Mental Health Providing Holistic Support in Higher Education

Edited By Tryan L. McMickens, Robert T. Palmer Copyright 2025
    216 Pages
    by Routledge

    216 Pages
    by Routledge

    This important book explores the intersection between mental health and Black college students, providing a crucial resource for higher education administrators and educators. 

    Chapter authors provide invaluable insights into the experiences, joys, challenges, and the needs of Black male college students grappling with their mental health. Chapters cover the most timely topics such as understanding masculinity, providing meaningful career services, supporting Black male student athletes, confronting stigmas, and supporting Black trans men and transmasculine persons.

    Full of practical examples and strategies, this contributed volume discusses the ways faculty, administrators, and student affairs educators can support and help Black men to navigate problems stemming from mental health issues to help better facilitate and maximize their success in higher education.

    List of Contributors



    1. Charting the Course: Contextualizing the Experience of Black Male Collegians with Mental Health Challenges

    Robert T. Palmer and Tryan L. McMickens

    2. Black Student Fathers: Filling Gaps to Fulfill Potential

    Shareefah N. Al’Uqdah

    3. Navigating Black Masculinity: A Journey Through Hip-Hop and Mental Health

    Michael R. Williams

    4. Integrating Mental Health Counseling And Career Services For Black College Men: A Psychology Of Working Perspective

    Mary Beth Medvide

    5. Intrinsic Needs and Extrinsic Demands: A Balancing Act

    Steven H. Kenney, Jr., and Christopher Giroir

    6. The Barbershop Connection: A Culturally Relevant Mental Health Approach to Supporting Black Men in College

    Franklin Soares, Relius Johnson and Raeshan D. Davis

    7. Lived Experiences Within Collegiate Athletics: Black Male Student-Athletes & Mental Health

    Henry A. Stanford

    8. Incorporating Affirmations to Support Black College Male Mental Health

    D. F. Davenport and Sheron Davenport

    9. Black Male Mental Health in College: A Sexual Minority Experience

    Andre Morgan, Alicia Barnes, and Cameron Calloway

    10. Toward Black Men’s Everyday Resistance: Black Men’s Resistance Knowledge Amid Psychological, Social, Political, And Material Oppressions

    Johnnie L. Campbell, Jr.

    11. Chill Out; You Don’t Kno Me: A Conversation on Two Black Male Educators' Mental Health

    Trevor McCray and Austin Dixon

    12. Black Transgender Men and Mental Health: Navigating Intersectionality and Healing

    Van Bailey


    Tryan L. McMickens is Director and Associate Professor of the Higher Education Administration program at North Carolina Central University, USA. 

    Robert T. Palmer is Chair and Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Howard University, USA.

    “The Covid-19 Pandemic brought to the surface growing concerns regarding the health, well-being, and thriving of college students. McMickens and Palmer along with chapter authors of this informative text mindfully capture the breadth and severity of the problems facing Black male college students. Through rich and thought-provoking accounts, the editors and authors chronicle the experiences and perceptions of Black male college students throughout schooling and highlight the urgency and possibilities for higher education to create approaches that address the challenges facing these students and that build upon their strengths.” 

    Vivian L. Gadsden, University of Pennsylvania, USA.

    Black Male College Students' Mental Health is a pivotal work edited by Tryan L. McMickens and Robert Palmer. This book illuminates the critical intersection of race, gender, and mental health in academia. With incisive analysis and practical strategies, it empowers educators and administrators to better support Black male students facing unique mental health challenges. An essential read for all stakeholders in higher education committed to equity and well-being.” 

    Jerlando F.L. Jackson, Michigan State University, USA. 

    “Black males, including those enrolled in American colleges and universities, are susceptible to psychological, social, and emotional distress. Too often, racial bias, neglect, and discrimination are central to many of their mental health challenges. This edited volume fills a major void in the higher education literature. Very few books, if any, focus on Black male collegians and mental health. Kudos to the editors and the authors for putting the edited volume together. It is likely to spark a lot of interest among professionals in higher education and beyond.” 

    James L. Moore III, The Ohio State University, USA.