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Social Workers Learn From and Raise Awareness Through Mental Health First Aid

The growing Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) movement helps individuals identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness. Social workers are among both the trainers and the trainees.

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Suicide is a public health problem that can and must be prevented. National Council for Behavioral Health president and CEO Linda Rosenberg responds to recent suicides in the news. more

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With the release of Season 2 of the popular Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, 75 leading mental health, education, suicide prevention, and healthcare experts collaborated on a comprehensive resource, the 13 Reasons Why Toolkit, published by SAVE. more

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The walls are not just the walls of my house. They are the architecture of my life, and the brick and mortar and plaster and paint have all come on loan from those who lent me their suffering. more

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We like to think there are no limits to what we can do as social workers. The truth is that hitting up against your limits as a helper is something one has to come to terms with to remain in the social work profession. more

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Historical trauma has emerged as a critical area of study in understanding and addressing long-term health problems in communities. more

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Disabled women are at significant risk of experiencing severe domestic violence. Social workers must become informed about the issue and work to become better allies. more

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In marriage counseling and in the gun control debate, until each side stops and really hears the other, nothing is going to move forward. They’ll just keep reiterating their points, probably with increasing volume and frustration. more

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Loss and suffering often go hand-in-hand, and social work frequently entails working with individuals who have experienced loss. Examples include settings such as nursing homes, cancer programs, hospices, ICUs, addictions, prisons, and foster care. more

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Social work has a tradition of leadership. A good reason to become a social work leader is the fact that the profession is too important to be left to those without a social work background or a clear understanding of our profession. more

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Macro social workers asked: What constitutes a protest song? On the surface, this seems straightforward - a topical song with a focus on social justice and social change. That said, the best songs are propelled by their themes and their quality. more

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