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COVID-19 and Mental Health-The Role of Social Services Organizations

Posted by GVT Admin on Jan 4, 2022 2:40:51 PM

It’s been estimated that globally, around 76 million people have been diagnosed with anxiety disorders due to the pandemic. Many of these people were healthy individuals with no previously diagnosed mental health issues. Others were already diagnosed with mental health issues, but the virus served as a trigger for their disorders and made them worse.

Nonetheless, social workers across the US have played an important role in ensuring that people suffering from mental health issues during the pandemic have the necessary psychological support to survive the pandemic.

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Topics: mental health, human services software, Covid-19

OUD Opioid Use Disorder

Posted by GVT Admin on Nov 30, 2021 11:22:24 AM

Nearly 500,000 people died from opioid overdoses from 1999-2019. This epidemic of opioid overdose deaths can be outlined in three distinct waves.

  1. The first wave began with increased prescribing of opioids in the 1990s, with overdose deaths involving prescription opioids (natural and semi-synthetic opioids and methadone) increasing since at least 1999.
  2. The second wave began in 2010, with rapid increases in overdose deaths involving heroin.
  3. The third wave began in 2013, with significant increases in overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids, particularly those involving illicitly manufactured fentanyl. More than 14,000 deaths involving illicitly manufactured synthetics occurred in 2019, which is equivalent to about 38 deaths per day.

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Topics: mental health, social workers, what social workers do, Covid-19, Pandemic, addiction recovery

The 12 Step Debate Treatment vs. Recovery

Posted by GVT Admin on Oct 20, 2021 10:45:00 AM

12 Step peer support programs are based on the idea, originally formed by the AA movement in the late 1930s, that addiction is a progressive, incurable disease lessened only by undergoing spiritual transformation and abstaining from alcohol or any addictive substance or behavior (e.g., Narconon - Gamblers Anonymous).

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, mental health

PTSD...Treatment Is At Hand

Posted by GVT Admin on Oct 13, 2021 9:23:05 AM

PTSD is a disorder in which a person has difficulty recovering after experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event. The condition may last months or years, with triggers that can bring back memories of the trauma accompanied by intense emotional and physical reactions.

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Topics: Veterans Issues, mental health, what social workers do

Person In Crisis

Posted by GVT Admin on Aug 4, 2021 10:45:00 AM

Social workers Dre’ Johnson and Renee Brean are part of a pioneering new approach to policing in Rochester, New York. They belong to the city's “person in crisis” team – a unit of mental health and behavioral professionals who attend police calls where a person may be suffering a mental health episode.

The premise behind the "person in crisis" team is simple: it contends that for all their training and skills, police are not equipped to deal with the complexities that a mental health crisis requires. By sending mental health professionals along to 911 calls that may involve potential psychological breakdowns, officials hope that these situations can be dealt with more sensitively, and more safely.

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Topics: Homeless & Food Pantry, mental health, social workers, what social workers do

Police Reform...Forensic Social Work

Posted by GVT Admin on May 26, 2021 10:30:00 AM

With the popularity of CSI shows, the word "forensic" has wormed its way into our everyday conversations. No one, however, seems to know what it means. "Forensic social work", therefore, is an even deeper mystery. We decided to ask a real "forensic social worker" exactly what forensic social workers do. Here's what she told us.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, mental health, social workers, what social workers do

NO VACCINATION AGAINST THE LINGERING PSYCHIC EFFECTS OF COVID

Posted by GVT Admin on May 5, 2021 11:46:26 AM

The COVID-19 inoculation program rolled out by federal and state governments has been nothing short of life saving for the entire country. In the U.S. at least, we are on the way to beating back the deadliest viral pandemic in history. Hospitalizations and deaths are both dwindling. But social workers tell us that the COVID-19 virus has inflicted long-lasting social and psychic effects on our society.

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Topics: mental health, social workers, Covid-19, Pandemic

Recovery High School

Posted by GVT Admin on Apr 14, 2021 10:45:38 AM

Drug and alcohol use remains a severe problem among school age children, with the National Institute on Drug Abuse showing that 5.4% of 8th graders, 9.8% of 10th graders, and 14.3% of 12th graders use illicit substances, and nearly 1.3 million teens have a substance use disorder. Unfortunately, recovery treatment is often unsuccessful when teens return to their schools and are surrounded by the same peers and the same opportunities to use. Data shows that nearly 70% of students who attend recovery and return to their school will relapse in 6 months or less.

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Topics: Juvenile Justice, mental health, social workers in education, addiction recovery

Recovery Online...Here to Stay

Posted by GVT Admin on Mar 31, 2021 12:30:00 PM

Not long ago, addiction recovery meant signing in to a “rehab”, attending daily meetings with your peers, intensive face-to-face therapy sessions with an addiction therapist, and reading the Big Book to guide you along the 12-Step path. The recovery process could take months or even years before the addict or alcoholic was declared ready to go it alone. Then, the pandemic.

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Topics: mental health, healthcare, Pandemic, addiction recovery

Zoom Fatigue

Posted by GVT Admin on Mar 24, 2021 11:30:00 AM

As tele-health becomes more prevalent in the delivery of behavioral health services during this ongoing pandemic, tomorrow’s new normal will be much more virtual than yesterdays. Even after the pandemic, services will be a combination of tele-health and in-person.

Behavioral health clinicians, now operating screen-to-screen rather than face-to-face, realized they needed guidance on engagement, assessment, intervention, and the legal and ethical considerations necessary when setting up and implementing tele-behavioral health. However, they did not foresee the hidden dangers of "Zoom Fatigue".

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Topics: Technology Speak, mental health, Covid-19, Pandemic

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