Julia Hastings, MSW, PhD, co-authored a book on African Americans and Depression

Julia F. Hastings, M.S.W., Ph.D., assistant professor in the Schools of Public Health and Social Welfare at the University at Albany, recently co-authored a book titled African Americans and Depression: Signs, Awareness, Treatments, and Interventions. The book examines the realities of depression among African Americans, and the various ways in which sufferers and their families address, or do not address, it. The authors provide guidance for understanding the illness, suggestions on how to heal and recover holistically, and pathways to getting help.

With a primary focus on the psychological, social, and medical needs of African Americans, the authors explore and offer an overview of clinical depression among African Americans, discuss the signs of and cultural myths surrounding depression, outline the mental health help-seeking process for African Americans, and suggest potential barriers and strategies for healing. Further, they discuss community-based interventions and innovations in service programs.

Co-authors include Lani V. Jones, M.S.W., Ph.D. who is an associate professor at the University at Albany, in the School of Social Welfare and Pamela P. Martine, Ph.D., who is the associate dean in the College of Juvenile Justice and Psychology and Professor in the Department of Psychology at Prairie View A&M University.

Hardcover copies available June 16, 2015. For more information, see: https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781442230323/African-Americans-and-Depression-Signs-Awareness-Treatments-and-Interventions#