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Suicides Prompt College to Hire Social Workers

New York University dispatched around-the-clock social worker crisis teams to help end an epidemic of suicides, according to this article in the New York Times.

The social workers all have master’s degrees, the article said. New York University also hired more mental health staff, added a 24-hour hotline, and expanded crisis clinic hours.

Six New York University students committed suicide in 2003-04, the article said. Colleges that have experienced the worst tragedies — including Virginia Tech where a gunmen killed 32 people in 2007 — are implementing the best mental health programs for students, the article said.

Social workers help clients with mental health concerns. To learn more, visit the National Association of Social Workers’ “Help Starts Here” Mind & Spirit Web page by clicking here.

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  1. We recently lost a loved one in social services that didn’t have a social worker. This young person might have been saved if he and his parents had a well trained social worker involved with his care.

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