Mental Health

Crisis Text Line

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Volunteering with Crisis Text Line has helped me hone skills that are imperative to succeeding in the world of social work. Crisis Text Line saves lives and has developed the largest open mental health data set, hoised at more »


Individuals with narcissistic tendencies, basically, function in a constant crisis around self-esteem. Rather than being driven by attachment, which many of us are, more narcissistic folks are driven by the wish to experience a stable sense of worth. more »

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What does Pokémon Go have to do with social work? Although no formal studies exist to testify to the mental health benefits of playing Pokémon Go, a number of news articles have presented anecdotal evidence of such benefits. more »


Successful work with trans people requires a deft awareness of several issues. We must remain aware of our power when working with the trans population. We must also remain aware of the idiosyncratic nature of each client’s transition process. more »

Real World Clinical

Book review of Strengthening the DSM: Incorporating Resilience and Cultural Competence more »

Reviews & Commentary

We know that diagnosis is reductive and doesn’t really honor the complex idiosyncrasy of the human mind. We also know, on some level, that it can be used as a form of social control. But we also know that we can’t surrender it completely. more »

Real World Clinical

Social workers who have had contact with systems of care hold a degree of knowledge of how it feels to seek out services. An understanding of what can make the mental health system easier to navigate can be incredibly useful for service providers. more »

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Book review of Citizenship and Mental Health. more »

Reviews & Commentary

What I have learned in 20 years is that suicide loss survivors are not alone. There is help. I am here. Other suicide loss survivors are willing to listen. more »


When it comes to suicide, language matters. This article by experts Jonathan Singer and Sean Erreger explains preferred and problematic terminology, and includes an illustrative example. more »

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As a social worker, I have had many moments when the best support I could provide my clients was just being present through empathy. And at times, the most meaningful words that one can say are, "It's okay to cry." more »

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In writing my memoir, my mother’s mental health story was just as important as the details of my father facing federal charges and the salacious details about the early days of the adult industry. more »

Book Club

Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) is a debilitating body image disorder that engrosses the minds of individuals, causing them to believe that they have imperfections in their appearances. more »


Book review of Losing Tim: How Our Health and Education Systems Failed My Son With Schizophrenia more »

Reviews & Commentary

These works from the Repeal Hyde Art Project are part of a series on reproductive justice. more »

Social Work Month 2015

Book review of What Every Mental Health Professional Needs to Know about Sex, by Stephanie Buehler, reviewed by Elizabeth Russell. more »

Reviews & Commentary

Resources for Social Workers for World Mental Health Day 2014 - Living With Schizophrenia

The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated October 10 World Mental Health Day. The theme for 2014 is "Living With Schizophrenia." Social workers in all settings need to be aware of the diagnosis, its symptoms, and related issues. more »

Linda's Agenda

Book review of Pleading Insanity by Andrew James Archer. more »

Reviews & Commentary

Rocks in My Pockets is an animated retelling of the story of depression, suicidal thoughts, and schizophrenia over several generations of the family of Latvian artist Signe Baumane. Baumane herself acknowledges her own struggle with depression, more »

Reviews & Commentary

Robin Williams Memorial

Photo credit: Andrea Lea Chase

As I was drawing to the end a dynamic and thought provoking Survivor of Suicide Support Group meeting, my cell phone was buzzing. Another suicide loss survivor’s phone also started to ring. She announced Robin Williams died from an apparent suicide. more »

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