Social Work Advocates magazine
With many questioning returning to in-person sessions, and seeing advantages in distance practice, telehealth services appear to have made inroads.
The 2020 NASW Virtual Conference featured a breakout session “Best Practices at the Intersection of Pain Management, Opioid Use and Mental Health,” which highlighted efforts to reduce stigma and improve access to quality care for individuals living with pain. The presentation emphasized the importance of understanding the unique needs of people with chronic pain, mental health disorders, or opioid or substance use disorders.
This is an opportunity to bring awareness to those suffering from mental illness, and the importance of physical health on mental health.
Social Work Advocates
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.
July is National Minority Mental Health
Awareness Month. During National
Minority Mental Health Awareness Month HHS Office of Minority Health has many
resources to help address the mental health needs of minority communities. Racial
and ethnic minority groups in the U.S. are less likely to have access to mental
health services, less likely to use community mental health services, more
likely to use emergency departments, and more likely to receive lower quality
care. Poor mental health care access and quality contribute to poor mental
health outcomes, including suicide, among racial and ethnic minority
NASW Issue Brief
Clinical social workers are the largest group of mental health services providers in the United States and are recognized by federal law as one of five core mental health professions. NASW urges Representatives and Senators to cosponsor and support the Improving Access to Mental Health Act to enhance Medicare beneficiaries’ access to mental health services.
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