Behavioral Health Policy & News

Addressing the Crisis of Black Youth Suicide

Takia Richardson, LICSW, LCSW

Mar 30, 2020

Suicide rates among 10-19 years old youth was the second leading cause of death in 2017 according to data from the National Vital Statistics System. Overall, rates for youth aged 10-14 declined between 2000-2007 before tripling between 2007-2017. The rates of completed suicide among Black youth are increasing faster than any other racial or ethnic group.

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Every Suicide is a Preventable Tragedy

Social Work Advocates

Oct 15, 2019

NASW CEO Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW, writes: "The effects of suicide go beyond the person who takes his or her life. Suicide causes pain, suffering and loss to individuals, families and communities."

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Support for Caregivers

NASW Social Work Talks Podcast

Dec 18, 2018

Guest Santo D. Marabella, MBA, DSW, is an author, playwright, filmmaker, speaker and educator. He's the author of "The Lessons of Caring: Inspiration and Support for Caregivers." He talks about the lessons he's learned while caring for his aging parents, and how this book can help others in similar situations.

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Suicide Rates on the Rise

Social Work Advocates

Oct 15, 2018

Suicide rates are rising in nearly every state in America. Many of these deaths are preventable if everyone from family to friends to health-care providers asks the right questions, uses the right language, and helps them get the right care.

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National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week: January 22-28, 2018

National Institutes of Health

Jan 22, 2018

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week is designed to counteract the myths about drugs and alcohol that teens often hear from the Internet, TV, movies, music, or friends. Sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, both part of the National Institutes of Health.

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In aftermath of church mass shooting, NASW calls for sensible gun control laws, public health emergency declaration

Social Work Blog

Nov 09, 2017

The nation once again is grieving over the deaths of innocent people in a mass shooting. Last Sunday 26 churchgoers from the small Texas town of Sutherland Springs were massacred and several others still cling to life.

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