In the News: Social Workers and the Coronavirus Pandemic
Read media coverage related to social workers and COVID-19.
Minnesota Public Radio - Aug. 28, 2020
“Unfortunately, school mental health is chronically underfunded and understaffed,” said Sharon Hoover, who co-directs the National Center for School Mental Health at the University of Maryland. “So a lot does fall on the shoulders of our educators when we don’t have the proper student instructional support personnel in place.”
Anxiety, depression among North Carolinians has ‘tripled’ during pandemic, health leaders say
WBTV - July 30, 2020
Victor Armstrong, director of the NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, Substance Abuse Services, says leaders must enhance outreach efforts to marginalized communities.“During the COVID-19 pandemic, symptoms of depression and anxiety have tripled,” said Victor Armstrong, director of the NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, Substance Abuse Services. Armstrong is working with the state to increase access to mental healthcare. “We have also seen a 15-percent increase in emergency department visits visits of opioid overdose.”
Philadelphia Magazine - July 9, 2020
Anxiety is skyrocketing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some 30 percent of Americans say the crisis is having a “serious impact” on their mental health. Trauma therapist Shari Botwin, LCSW, says that the social upheaval and anxiety from the virus may have long-term effects on our mental health, including causing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).