This City Is Killing Me: Community Trauma and Toxic Stress in Urban America (pre-order coming soon)
Belt Publishing

This City Is Killing Me: Community Trauma and Toxic Stress in Urban America (pre-order coming soon)

Regular price $16.95

By Jonathan Foiles
Forthcoming August 6, 2019 - not yet available for pre-order

When Jonathan Foiles was a graduate student in social work, he had to choose between a mental health or policy track. But once he began working, he found it impossible to tell the two apart. While helping poor patients from the South and West sides of Chicago, he realized personal therapy could not take into account the importance unemployment, poverty, lack of affordable housing and other policy decisions that impact both individual and community well-being. It is easy to be depressed if you live in a neighborhood that has few supportive resources available, or is marred by gun violence. We are able to diagnose people with depression, but how does one heal a neighborhood?

This City Is Killing Me: Community Trauma and Toxic Stress in Urban America, brings policy and psychiatry together. Through a remarkable set of case studies, Foiles opens up his therapy door to allow us to overhear the stories of Jacqueline, Frida, Robert, Luis, Anthony, and other poor Chicagoans. As we listen, Foiles teaches us how he diagnoses, explains how psychiatrists before him would analyze these patients, and, through statistics and the example of Chicago, teaches us how policy decisions have contributed to these individuals’ suffering. It is a remarkable, unique work of social work and psychology with an urgent political call to action at its core.

___

Distributed by Publishers Group West

Jonathan Foiles is a writer and mental health professional based in Chicago. He writes a blog for Psychology Today and has previously written for Slate. He can be reached at jonathan.foiles@gmail.com.

More from this collection