Tag Archives: mental health

NASW Observes Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Month

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June 2022 NASW recognizes June as Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month. PTSD impacts millions of people in the United States. “According to the National Center for PTSD, a program of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, about seven or eight of every 100 people will experience PTSD in their lifetime.”1  Although PTSD has commonly been associated with the military and ... Read More »

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Transitions to 988

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As America faces a mental health crisis, the need for suicide prevention services is more imperative than ever. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, suicide is ranked as the second primary cause of death in young people among the ages of 10 to 34 and the tenth most frequent cause of death in the United States. Since 1999, ... Read More »

NASW Brings Awareness to the Importance of Mental Health

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) wishes to bring attention to the importance of mental health as it affects millions of people in the United States. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), each year 1 in 5 adults and 1 in 6 youths ages 6-17 deal with mental illness[1]. ... Read More »

National Report Addresses Nursing Home Quality & Promotes Value of Social Work

Posted April 22, 2022 On April 6, 2022, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) released a report entitled The National Imperative to Improve Nursing Home Quality: Honoring Our Commitment to Residents, Families, and Staff. The report represents the culmination of 18 months of work by a study committee that included NASW Social Work Pioneer® and Wisconsin Chapter ... Read More »

Making Time to Talk About Alcohol Use

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By Diana Ling, MA and Leslie Sirrianni, LCSW Four in five adults who reported being asked about their alcohol use at a checkup in the past two years and reported current binge drinking were not counseled to reduce their drinking, according to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report. Looking closer at the data, just 14 percent ... Read More »

Revisions to DSM 5 Coming in March 2022

The American Psychiatric Association has announced revisions to the DSM 5 which will be released in March 2022. The revised manual, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, Text Revision (DSM-5-TR) is used by clinical social workers and other health care professionals in the United States as the authoritative guide to the diagnosis of mental disorders.  Last updated ... Read More »

A Randomized Controlled Trial of Yoga with Incarcerated Females: Impacts on Emotion Regulation, Body Dissociation, and Warnings of Substance Relapse

Mental health and substance abuse challenges are widespread among incarcerated populations, often coupled with complicated histories of abuse, trauma, and other psychological problems. Traditional treatments have largely consisted of psychological or pharmaceutical interventions. However, the implementation, effectiveness, and financial burden of traditional interventions have led to exploration into alternative approaches. A recent issue of the journal Social Work Research, co-published ... Read More »

National COVID-19 Day: Social Workers offer services to help you cope

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is a proud partner of National COVID-19 Day. The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11, 2020. National Covid-19 Day was co-founded by Jamie Aten and Kent Annan at Wheaton College’s Humanitarian Disaster Institute. They launched National COVID-19 Day to help the United States navigate our collective grief, encourage one another, ... Read More »

NASW joins collaboration of mental health groups seeking to improve mental health, substance use care in United States

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has joined a collaboration of more than 30 mental organizations that have signed onto a Unified Vision, a seven-pillar roadmap developed to address the future of mental health and substance use care in America. “As the nation’s largest provider of mental and behavioral health services, social workers recognize that promoting improved mental health ... Read More »

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 »