Mom and daughter with doctor

By Care for Your Mind, based on material from the
National Association of Social Workers

March has been National Social Work Month, prompting us to look at the vital role of social workers in improving our health and society.

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Opioid Abuse and Depression: A Bi-Directional Relationship in Need of Better Attention

Ron Manderscheid

Ron Manderscheid, PhD
Executive Director, National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors and the National Association of Rural Mental Health

It’s no secret that opioid abuse remains a growing problem in the US, notwithstanding increased attention by policymakers, law enforcement and health care professionals from Main Street to the halls of the US Congress. Despite expressions of concern and promises of funding, little has improved the situation.  Indeed, as many as 2.4  million American today abuse painkillers; nearly 500,000 more abuse heroin.

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“Seize the Awkward”: How We’re Reaching Young People

Victor Schwartz

Victor Schwartz, MD, Chief Medical Officer
The Jed Foundation (JED)

We know that when young people are in distress they commonly turn to friends for help and support. We decided to try to figure out how to use this idea more effectively.

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Understanding the Diversity of the Medicaid Population in Massachusetts : The Faces of MassHealth to Highlight Real People Who Rely on Medicaid

Natalie Litton

Natalie Litton, Policy & Project Coordinator
Health Care for All

Do you have a mental picture of the people who enroll in Medicaid for their health insurance?

To increase understanding of the Medicaid population in Massachusetts, Health Care For All (HCFA) is collaborating with the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation and Manatt Health on a project called The Faces of MassHealth.

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Addressing Negative Stereotypes About Medicaid Enrollees

Susan Weinstein

Susan Weinstein, Editor-in-Chief
Care for Your Mind

This article serves as background information for the “Understanding the Diversity of the Medicaid Population in Massachusetts” post above.

As of December 2017, more than 68 million individuals were enrolled in Medicaid, the public health insurance program for low-income people. What image do you conjure up when you think of people who receive health insurance through Medicaid?

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How the National Association of School Psychologists Is Working to Protect Schools

John Kelly

John Kelly, PhD, President
National Association of School Psychologists

In addition to providing the organization’s statement (see below) following the February 14, 2018, attack at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, National Association for School Psychologists President John Kelly, PhD, answered several questions from Care for Your Mind.

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Preventing Mass Violence Requires Access to Mental Health Services and Reduced Inappropriate Access to Firearms

NASP logo

National Association of School Psychologists

The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) joins the nation in shock and grief over the shooting in Parkland, Florida. Incidents of mass violence like this are far too common, and we need to do more as a nation to address the underlying causes. This includes addressing our broken mental health system and examining our existing—and the potential for more effective—gun legislation.

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How Would You Fix Mental Health Care?


Susan Weinstein, J.D.

Imagine that the Congressional powers-that-be came to you and said, “We really have to fix the mental health care system. What should we do?” What would you say? Which issues would you prioritize?

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