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The Buena Salud® Guide to

Understanding Depression and Enjoying Life

Embargoed until August 1, 2020

PRESS RELEASE                                   





Book motivated by COVID-19 related rise in depression


Dr. Jane Delgado offers readers caring advice and real-life stories on understanding depression and enjoying life


  • Brand-new volume in acclaimed series of health books, written by the president and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, breaks stigmas associated with depression and dispenses invaluable science-based advice.


  • Authoritative and accessible guide presents the latest in health advice and cutting-edge science, with real-life stories throughout.


  • Book features three key tools for moving forward.


  • Information on different treatment options and any concerns.


  • Includes questions to ask a health care provider and advice on choosing a psychotherapist.


(Washington, DC) – “COVID-19 changed our world— and was the driver for this book.” writes Dr. Jane L. Delgado in her Introduction to The Buena Salud® Guide to Understanding Depression and Enjoying Life published simultaneously in English and Spanish (Buena Salud Press, Pub Date: August 2020). “Given the increase in depression that COVID-19 triggered, I decided to update the previous book. Instead given all the changes that had occurred in the last decade it was essential to transform our thinking about ourselves and our lives.” added Dr. Jane L. Delgado. “Concepts like work-life balance are thrown out as the nature of work has changed dramatically. The information in this book is intended to make life better for all — those with depression, those who know someone who is depressed, and those of us who have to live the consequences of untreated depression.”

            With real-life stories throughout, the book is informs, supports, and delivers the latest in health information and the kind of caring advice that readers can readily use in their daily life.  With over 25,000 copies already in American homes, the BUENA SALUD® books have become essential family guides for health and well-being.  The guides are now enhanced with free membership in the Alliance’s BUENA SALUD CLUB that offers health tips, alerts, and access to a bilingual and toll-free helpline (1-866-783-2645) where callers can get trusted and confidential information on a wide range of health topics, including referral to community services where they live.

A practicing clinical psychologist, as well as the president and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, Dr. Delgado knows first-hand the challenges of addressing and treating depression and its symptoms in the Hispanic community.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than one in ten Hispanics report depression, more than a third of Hispanics reporting depression have symptoms of major depression, and more than one in ten Latina high school students report a suicide attempt. Yet Hispanics are less likely to seek treatment for depression. The CDC also reports COVID-19 has driven up rates with more than one third (37.8%) of all persons in the U.S. reporting symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder with incidence rates higher among Hispanics and non-Hispanic Blacks.

            With a foreword by Mrs. Rosalynn Carter, Former First Lady and Founder, Carter Center Mental Health Program, The Buena Salud® Guide to Understanding Depression and Enjoying Life explains everything readers need to know about depression and its many forms. In a warm and conversational tone, it answers the most asked questions about depression and offers information on treating and managing this condition.

            Acknowledging the factors that keep people from seeking help for depression, especially because depression is inconsistent with many Hispanics’ core beliefs and values, Dr. Delgado addresses:

  • Difference between feeling sad and depression;

  • Types of depression;

  • Self-esteem as defined by culture and society, work and relationships;

  • The biology of depression;

  • The relationship between depression and diabetes and heart disease;

  • What you can do on your own; and,

  • Current treatments, including medications and therapy options.

Three key self-statements are presented, as well as the ways to implement them. She shares the key questions about depression to ask a health care provider, as well as valuable advice on choosing a licensed mental health professional. The Buena Salud®Guide to Understanding Depression and Enjoying Life also includes a resource section with non-commercial helplines and best online sources for information on depression in both English and Spanish. For those with depression, as well as their families and loved ones, the The Buena Salud® Guide to Understanding Depression and Enjoying Life offers the kind of science driven caring advice that will guide them to enjoy life.



JANE L. DELGADO, Ph.D., M.S. is the President and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, the nation’s leading health organization of health with a mission of best health for all. Delgado came to her position at the Alliance after serving in the Immediate Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. A practicing clinical psychologist, Dr. Delgado is the author of The Latina Guide to Health: Consejos and Caring Answers (La guía de salud: consejos y respuestas para la mujer latina) and of the Buena Salud® Guides series. She has appeared on CNN, Univision, Telemundo, ABC World News Tonight, Fox News, and featured on NPR and in Ladies’ Home Journal. Her writing has appeared in many publications including The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.

Dr. Delgado lives in Washington, DC, with her husband Mark.



The National Alliance for Hispanic Health (the Alliance) is the nation's foremost source of information and trusted advocate for the health of Hispanics in the United States. The Alliance represents thousands of Hispanic health providers across the nation providing services to more than 15 million each year, making a daily difference in the lives of Hispanic communities and families. For more information, visit or call the Alliance's Su Familia National Hispanic Family Health Helpline at 1-866-783-2645.



The Buena Salud® Guide to Understanding Depression and Enjoying Life

By Jane L. Delgado, Ph.D., M.S.

Foreword by Rosalynn Carter


Pages: 148 pp., index, resources.                            

ISBN: 978-0-9979954-2-8 $9.95 paperback

For review copies, author interviews, and further information, contact:

Adolph Falcon Tel (202) 797-4341 Email:


Also available in Spanish:                                         

La guía de buena salud® para entender la depresión y disfrutar la vida

ISBN: 978-0-9979954-4-2 $9.95 paperback             

All proceeds donated to the Healthy Americas Foundation


Publication date: August 1, 2020

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