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Making the Invisible, Visible

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Guns are such a big part of life in rural America that social workers must remind families that young people can use them to suicide, according to a new study co-authored by National Association of Social Workers members Jonathan Singer and Karen Slovak.

NewsBlaze posted this article about the study.

“The clinicians in the study told us that guns were so prevalent in their communities, they were just part of the furniture,” said Singer, DSW, who is assistant professor of social work at Temple University. “So a big part of their job is making the invisible, visible.”

Slovak, DSW, is an associate professor of social work at Ohio University Zanesville.

The study underscored the need for clinicians to educate people about keeping guns secure and limiting young people’s access to guns. Slovak and Singer found that clinicians who related their own experiences with guns were more likely to gain credibility with parents.

Social workers try to prevent suicides. To learn more visit the National Association of Social Workers’ “Help Starts Here” Suicide Prevention website by clicking here.

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