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The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated October 10 World Mental Health Day. The theme for 2014 is "Living With Schizophrenia."
Social workers work every day with people who are living with schizophrenia. For social workers in mental health settings, both inpatient and outpatient, this may be the primary reason a person is coming to the social worker for help. But social workers in other settings also need to be aware of the diagnosis, its symptoms, and related issues, such as stigma and schizophrenia's impact on the family. You may think, "But I don't work in mental health." Keep in mind that you may very well see a client with schizophrenia or family member in a medical setting, school, homeless or domestic violence shelter, prison, nursing home, or any other setting.
Here are some resources for social workers for World Mental Health Day (WMHD).
Organization Sites for WMHD
- Mental Health Begins With Me Australia
- Mental Health Foundation UK
- World Federation for Mental Health
- World Health Organization
Sites About Schizophrenia
- Living a Healthy Life With Schizophrenia
- NIMH Schizophrenia
- Schizophrenia - Mental Health America
- Schizophrenia and Psychosis PsychCentral
- What Is Schizophrenia NAMI
Social Work and Schizophrenia
- Community Service Models for Schizophrenia
- How Social Workers Help People With Schizophrenia
- Schizophrenia and Social Work - Social Work Podcast interview
- Schizophrenia in Older Adults - Council on Social Work Education
Stigma and Schizophrenia
- Perpetuating Schizophrenia's Stigma
- The Stigma of Schizophrenia
- Tackling the Stigma Surrounding Schizophrenia
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Surviving Schizophrenia, 6th Edition
Surviving Schizophrenia, 6th Edition: A Family Manual, by E. Fuller Torrey
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Losing Tim: How Our Health and Education Systems Failed My Son with Schizophrenia, by Paul Gionfriddo
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The Complete Family Guide to Schizophrenia
The Complete Family Guide to Schizophrenia: Helping Your Loved One Get the Most Out of Life, by Kim T. Mueser, Ph.D., and Susan Gingerich, MSW
This is by no means a complete list. What other great resources have you found to educate yourself and others about schizophrenia?
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