Military Suicides Show Increased Need for Mental Health Services

Jan 18, 2013

The Department of Defense confirms that 2012 witnessed a sharp increase in suicides committed by active duty service members.  This highlights the need for an increase in mental health providers throughout the military.

NASW has emphasized this need on behalf of the social work profession, as have many schools of social work who have developed programs specific to this field of practice.

Independent studies show that encouraging service members to seek help can help reduce military suicides.  But help can only be sought if there are care providers available to assist.  More uniformed social workers, and social workers trained to provide services to this population, would be one important step toward alleviating this problem.

Check Out NASW Press Summer Reads and Earn CEUs Too!

Check Out NASW Press Summer Reads and Earn CEUs Too!

NASW Press offers continuing education credits on a wide array of books via the NASW Social Work Online CE Institute. Titles range from burnout, self-care, and meditation to ethical standards in social work, digital practice, economic well-being, social...

NASW Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill 2024

NASW Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill 2024

  By Rachel Boyer, MSW, LMSW Ahead of the 2024 NASW National Conference, more than 200 social workers from 36 states and one U.S. Territory attended 172 meetings with Congressional offices in both the U.S. House and Senate on June 18, 2024. The purpose of these...

Categories