What Social Workers Make?

The dinner guests were sitting around the table discussing life. One man decided to explain the problem with social services. He argued, “How’s a person going to benefit from someone who decided his best option in life was to become a social worker?” He reminded the other dinner guests what they say about social workers- “Bleeding heart liberals.” To stress his point, he said to one of the guests, “You’re a social worker, Bonnie. Be honest. What do you make?”…

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#Abuse, #Child, #DomesticViolence, #Humanity, #MentalIllness, #Salary, #SocialJustice, #SocialWork, #Sociology, #Support, #Welfare

UC Berkeley School Shooting: Mental Health vs. Gun Control

A gunman went on a drive by shooting spree on the night of Friday, May 23, 2014 at the University of Santa Barbara campus. These shootings left 7 people dead and another 8 injured. Many media outlets say that the answer to this is gun control; that banning guns, and changing the regulations connected to ……

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#GunControl, #MentalHealth, #MentalIllness, #SchoolShooting

The Green, Green Grass of Home

Sometimes the grass really is greener on the other side of the fence. Working in the field of chronic mental illness, I encounter clients dissatisfied with their housing on average of once a week. The majority of my clients reside in boarding homes, both licensed and unlicensed. I am using the State of ……

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#Funding, #Housing, #MentalIllness

The Shame of Incarceration: New Evidence on Sexual Victimization

The power of data to combat denial and distortion is dramatically illustrated in “The Shame of Our Prisons: New Evidence,” a review of studies carried in the October 24 2013 issue of the New York Review of Books by David Kaiser, chair of the board of Just Detention International (JDI) and Lovisa Stannow, ……

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#ChildAbuse, #Incarceration, #MentalIllness

Mental Illness

These past two weeks we have been concentrating on mental illness and its affect on how a person lives. In our performance driven society, it can be hard to understand why a person can’t seem to muster up enough strength to just succeed. It can be easy for people to look down on those who have to take days off work or can’t make it to every social function. We automatically think it’s because they aren’t working hard enough or they just weren’t born with the brain power to succeed. This is so twisted. Mental illness is real, and it has a real impact on how a person can function in all environments….

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#MentalHealth, #MentalIllness, #SocialWork

Active Minds Stomp Out Stigma Walk 2013

A woman was on stage speaking to the crowd ready to walk and “change the conversation on mental illness” we all gathered listening so intently to a young blond, petite woman dressed in an Active Minds sweatshirt and jeans. Then she said, I am the founder/Executive Director of Active Minds and my name is Alison Malmon. I couldn’t believe before me was this down to earth executive director and founder of an organization. …

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#ActiveMinds, #MentalHealthAdvocacy, #MentalIllness

Is Mental Illness A Social Construction?

The recent debates and protests against the DSM-V sheds light on a major problem facing the fields of psychology and social work: how is mental illness defined? Classifying and labeling has a tendency to give the subject some empirical reality that it does not possess. The mind references the concept so often that, in essence, it becomes an entity in and of itself, if only in that mind’s subjective context. All the while it is easy to forget that words are simply a way of expressing some sort of regularity in this world, and that their accuracy largely depends on context. Like a Limit in mathematics, the expression points toward a value, but can never quite reach it….Full Story @ http://read.socialjusticesolutions.org/46

The Stigma Of Mental Illness And The Power Of Words

In my early 20s, I was in a relationship that ended with my significant other in a psychiatric facility. The relationship, albeit brief, was fraught with dishonesty that put me in danger. Because of the ways in which I suffered, and the imagined possibilities given his behavior, it has taken me…


DSM-5 Changes: A Continuation

I continue to come across articles and information regarding the soon to be released DSM-5. Reading this link will provide quite a bit of information on the upcoming changes to the DSM. I have to wonder if our society is becoming too focused on a diagnosis and pharmacare.
“After the…


Injustices in the U.S. re: Mental Health

The imminent further cutting of mental health funds is the focus of this statement which I sent to the people who represent me in this state of California and in Washington. Sadly, I did not even get an acknowledgement that my letter was received. Currently, many homeless are mentally ill. We…