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The more we talk about being in the same sea as our clients, the more we can demystify the stigma around mental illness that keeps all of us from building the robust teams we need to continue our work in this powerful field of social work. Read more

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Senators Stabenow and Barrasso Re-Introduce Improving Access to Mental Health Act

Sen. Stabenow and Sen. Barrasso have reintroduced the Improving Access to Mental Health Act, a bill that would make mental health services more available to older Americans and boost the rate that Medicare reimburses clinical social workers. Read more

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Something is wrong. Free yourselves from the idea that you are what is wrong. You, social workers, are the most right thing out there. This is the first entry in the new Clinical Intersections blog. Read more

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Two films, "Boy Erased" and "The Miseducation of Cameron Post," expose harm of conversion therapy, or efforts to change a person's sexual orientation. SaraKay Smullens provides commentary on the films and history of these practices. Read more

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As a social worker, what can you do to prevent youth suicide? The good news is that there are several psychotherapies that have been shown to reduce suicidal thoughts and behaviors in youth. Expert Jonathan Singer provides 5 tips for social workers. Read more

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Crisis centers are a staple in their communities for the people they serve and the lives they influence one call, chat, or text at a time. There is great benefit in familiarizing yourself with your local center to learn about their specific services. Read more

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How do clinicians contribute to the low rate of mental health treatment engagement in suicidal individuals? What can social workers do differently to increase the rate of treatment engagement? Read more

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Gun violence plays a prominent role in social work practice. What can social workers do? Read more

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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. Read more

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Book review of Sometimes Amazing Thing Happen: Heartbreak and Hope on the Bellevue Hospital Psychiatric Prison Ward Read more

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May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. Ashley Owen Santangelo’s guest blog post reminds us that, as helpers, we need to be aware of our own mental health and the self-care needed. Read more

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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. Read more

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Book review of Irvin Yalom's Becoming Myself: A Psychiatrist's Memoir Read more

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Book review of Bipolar, Not So Much: Understanding Your Mood Swings and Depression. Read more

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We must overcome the notion that physical and mental health are separate domains. Instead, we can foster a teamwork approach among clients and staff as we promote opportunities to address both physical and mental health needs. Read more

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So often, when we think of victims or survivors of interpersonal violence, specifically sexual assault, we think of girls and women. In reality and throughout history, boys and men have also experienced sexual violence. Read more

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March is Red Cross Month. Social workers are well-qualified to provide disaster mental health (DMH) services, and requirements for DMH volunteers have been broadened as of 2017. Read more

Social Work Month Project 2017

I am optimistic that I will one day witness a time when mental health support is at the forefront of political forums, when mental education is as relevant as physical education in our school systems. Read more

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One of the guards rattled his giant ring of old keys and asked me if I wanted to see "the brain museum." Seriously. I'd heard rumors about this peculiar collection of cranial content, but the potential reality had thus far only been that: a rumor. Read more

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