This project seeks to identify and support culturally-responsive community education, treatment
Purpose: To identify and disseminate information about effective approaches to addressing depression in communities of color, with particular emphasis on effective strategies for education, prevention
Population Addressed: All major racial/ethnic populations.
Rationale and Relevance:
- Depression is the most common of all mental health problems and amenable to effective treatment, if identified in time.
- Poverty and stress play a significant role in the onset of depression, as well as access to preventive & treatment programs.
- Low-income mothers of color have high rates of depression (little is known about depression in fathers of color).
- Culture often determines how depression is understood, expressed and treated.
- Most depression in communities of color goes unrecognized and untreated.
- Depression affects parenting and outcomes for children.
- A family-focused, multigenerational model is needed to effectively address depression in communities of color.
- Create a compendium of strategies that address what is working.
- Develop journal articles, issue briefs, community newsletters that document effective strategies for addressing depression in diverse communities.
- Develop effective communication vehicles to showcase effective approaches and strategies for effectively addressing depression.
- Inform policy and practice by expanding the knowledge base.