This City Is Killing Me - a conversation about the psychological impact of community trauma


This City Is Killing Me: Community Trauma and Toxic Stress in Urban America, brings policy and psychology together. Chicago-based mental health clinician Jonathan Foiles looks at the many ways in which urban poverty, crime, violence, and other socio-economic factors impact individuals and communities. 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 Chicagoans. As we listen, Foiles teaches us how he diagnoses, explains how therapists 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. The result is a remarkable, unique work with an urgent political call to action at its core.

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