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, and embrace hope for what is ahead.
Many of the nation’s more than 750,000 social workers are on the frontlines of the pandemic. Clinical social workers are the largest group of mental health service providers in the United States. Other social workers work in places serving people and families affected by the COVID-19, including hospitals, adult care facilities, veterans’ centers, and schools.
NASW offers many resources to help people during the pandemic and beyond:
Help Starts Here: This website offers advice on how to handle the emotional stress of the pandemic, including articles on staying mentally healthy, self-care and mindfulness, and how to help your family during these trying times.
Find a Social Worker: NASW’s’ Help Starts Here also offers an online service to help you find social workers who provide individual psychotherapy and other types of mental health assistance.
Social Work Talks Podcast: NASW’s podcast offers several episodes that address coping with the pandemic and informs the public about the role social workers have played, including conversations on hospital social work, treating substance use disorders, supporting older adults, and handling stress and burnout.
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