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National Social Work Survey Shows Impacts of COVID-19 School Disruptions

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As millions of preK-12 students return to school that will be largely virtual this fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a national study of school social workers (SSWs) highlights the need to address hunger, housing instability, health, mental health and other challenges that a high proportion of students are experiencing, especially low-income students.. The study, “Opening Schools Safely in the ... Read More »

NASW Nebraska appalled by comments from Sen. Sasse downplaying importance of mental health

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From the National Association of Social Workers Nebraska Chapter Board of Directors: The National Association of Social Workers Nebraska Chapter (NASW-NE) would like to offer reassurance to our members and the population of Nebraska that we as an organization are appalled by the comments of U.S. Senator Ben Sasse regarding the important work of mental health professionals in this state ... Read More »

Mental Health Leaders Meet with President Trump to Discuss Coronavirus Impact

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National Association of Social Workers (NASW) CEO Angelo McClain yesterday participated on a conference call with President Trump, Vice President Pence and key Trump Administration officials for a discussion on the mental health implications of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)pandemic.  The meeting was an opportunity for the Administration to hear directly from the mental health community as the nation confronts the ... Read More »

Congressional briefing examines ways to improve health and mental health care in jails

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The National Association of Counties and the National Sheriffs’ Association held a Capitol Hill briefing on March 3 called “The Intersection of Health and Justice: A Look Inside County Jails.” The National Association of Social Workers cosponsored the briefing along with the Grand Challenges for Social Work, the National Association of County Behavioral Health & Developmental Disability Directors, and the ... Read More »

Behavioral Health Policy Recommendations for America’s Prisons and Jails

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By Mel Wilson, NASW Senior Policy Consultant Increasingly, U.S. criminal justice systems have become the first responders to individuals living with mental illness and substance use disorders (SUD). More than ever, jails and prisons are expected to provide appropriate services and treatment for the growing populations they serve. For that reason, the Consensus Workgroup on Behavioral Health Issues in the ... Read More »

Congressional briefing to bring together social work, mental health experts on need to end gun violence

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Gun violence has become an epidemic in our nation. Every year more than 7,700 children and teens are shot, and more than 36,000 people die from gun violence, according to the Brady campaign to end gun violence. Social workers and mental health professionals play a critical role in helping schools and communities prevent violence. These experts are coming to Capitol ... Read More »

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

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This May is the 70th anniversary of Mental Health America establishing Mental Health Month. Each year Mental Health America, and its affiliates, dedicate the month of May to educate the community about the impact of mental illness on Americans. Since 1949, this event has created a place of understanding and support as well as provided resources for millions of individuals ... Read More »

Helping the Helpers: ‘Unlocked’ Initiative Aims to Aid Those Working in Mental Health Care

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In the summer of 1967, after several suicide attempts, 17-year-old Lucy Winer was committed to Kings Park State Hospital’s female violent ward. More than 30 years after her discharge from the mental institution Winer—now an award-winning filmmaker—returned to Kings Park in New York for the first time to revisit her experience. The result was the critically acclaimed documentary, Kings Park: ... Read More »

County Schools Mental Health Coalition: A Model for a Systematic Approach to Supporting Youths

Childhood emotional, behavioral, and social problems are serious developmental challenges affecting the lives of a substantial number of youths. Estimates suggest that 20 percent of children in the United States have difficulty with attention, disruptive behavior, and mood. Severe social, emotional, and behavioral health difficulties are predictive of a variety of pervasive problems, including substance abuse, criminal behavior, risk taking, ... Read More »

Comparison of Neurocognition and Social Cognition between Schizoaffective Disorder, Mood Disorders, and Schizophrenia

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  The relationship between schizoaffective disorder, schizophrenia, and mood disorders is not well understood. Evaluating and comparing cognitive impairment in these disorders can help clarify how these disorders are related. To further our understanding of these conditions, Rong Xiao, PhD, MD, Roxanne L. Bartel, MD, and John Brekke, PhD, MSW, conducted a study to examine cognitive impairment in people with ... Read More »