For­mer Peters­burg res­i­dent writes in­spi­ra­tional book

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LARGO, Md. — Dr. William “Flip” Clay, award-win­ning coun­selor and for­mer Peters­burg res­i­dent, has re­leased his new book, “The Di­ary of an Emo­tion­ally Con­sti­pated Man,” on Sept. 7. The book takes read­ers on a per­sonal jour­ney and re­caps sto­ries of re­silience to break down what he calls “emo­tional con­sti­pa­tion.”

Over 35 mil­lion chil­dren and 70 mil­lion adults suf­fer from trauma. Re­search from the 2014 U.S. Cen­sus, 2016 U.S. Dept. of Health and Hu­man Ser­vice Mi­nor­ity Health re­ports and the Amer­i­can Psy­cho­log­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion show that of the 45.7 mil­lion black peo­ple liv­ing in the United States, 16 per­cent had a di­ag­nos­able men­tal ill­ness in the past year — that’s over 6.8 mil­lion peo­ple with di­ag­nos­able, yet likely un­treated men­tal ill­nesses.

“The Di­ary of an Emo­tion­ally Con­sti­pated Man” delves into top­ics in­clud­ing “Emo­tional In­car­cer­a­tion,” “Man Down: Fa­ther Gone,” “Love, Lies and Emo­tions,” and “In­ter­gen­er­a­tional Emo­tional In­car­cer­a­tion” among oth­ers.

Dr. Clay served as a con­trib­u­tor to the 2013 Col­lege Board School Coun­sel­ing Jour­nal Se­ries “Trans­form­ing the Ed­u­ca­tional Ex­pe­ri­ence of Young Men of Color,” and he ap­peared on the Steve Har­vey Morn­ing Show with WHUR at Howard Univer­sity, 96.3. In 2012, The Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Black School Ed­u­ca­tors awarded Dr. Clay with the Na­tional Mar­cus Forster Dis­tin­guished Ed­u­ca­tor of the Year Award, and in 2010, Jus­tice So­nia So­tomayor, the first His­panic Supreme Court Jus­tice of the United States, rec­og­nized Dr. Clay as an “ex­tra­or­di­nary role model and leader.”

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