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September 6, 2006
TDMHSAS MENTAL HEALTH EXPERT
IN BOOK FOCUSING ON
AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN’S HEALTH ISSUES
NASHVILLE — Dr. Freida Hopkins Outlaw, Chief Nurse
and Executive Director of Special Populations and Minority Services at
the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
(TDMHSAS), has recently published an important work in the second edition
of African-American Women’s Health and Social Issues.
Dr. Outlaw contributed the chapter entitled “Being Strong and Silent:
African-American Women and Depression” which explores the many facets
of depression in the lives of African-American women including trends
in social and public policy influencing its recognition and treatment.
This edition was published through Greenwood Press and released in July
under ISBN 0-275-98082-0. The book, edited by Catherine Fisher Collins,
with the forward by Dr. Vivian Penn, former Director of the Office of
Research on Women’s Health, National Institutes of Health, contains
chapters written by a variety of experts including doctors, nurses, social
workers, psychologists, historians, and educators.
“An ever increasing number of people are experiencing a mental
disorder at some point in their life. Dr. Outlaw’s work truly sheds
new light on what several African-American women go through when faced
with depression,” stated TDMHSAS Commissioner Virginia Trotter Betts.
“Her experience and expertise in the field of mental health is excellent,
and her dedication to improving minority health and women’s issues
is reflected in her many accomplishments here at TDMHSAS and throughout