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Members in the News – September 12, 2023

Ryan Estes is a member of NASW-NC:
[Video] 988 lifeline signs installed around Wrightsville Beach to spread awareness of mental health resource
Ryan Estes, LCSW, LCAS, CCS, on 988: “It’s a moment to really tackle stigma and to take time to be more intentional with outreach to the community to draw awareness. It’s an opportunity to really have those that have not historically been involved in efforts to start to rally behind it.”

Melissa Deasy is a member of NASW-CT:
Suicide Prevention Week: Warning signs and resources for those in need
Shockingly, suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. About 49,500 people took their own lives last year in the country, the highest number ever, according to data released in August from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Melissa Deasy, licensed clinical social worker at the Institute of Living, spoke with Ken Houston on News 8 at Noon to discuss the importance of everyone taking the time to understand the signs and helping others in crisis.

Abe Goetz is president-elect of NASW-IA:
Critics say proposals to merge, purge state boards could put Iowans at risk
Iowa Capital Dispatch
Abe Goetz, president-elect of the Iowa chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, said similar problems could emerge by combining the Board of Social Work with the Board of Behavioral Sciences. Both boards’ meetings typically last a full day, he said, and combining the panels would not reduce the amount of work, but would lead to higher expenses per diem and payment for hotel stays through a two-day meeting.

Maryland, AFSCME leaders join forces to fill critical job openings
“It is extremely stressful. My caseload is very high, so it takes me longer to get back to phone calls with my clients, and they’re also waiting longer for services,” said Cherrish Vick, a family services case worker at the Prince George’s County Department of Social Services. They’re looking for everything from direct care workers to social workers to corrections officers and many other positions. Marylanders said the opportunity means everything. “When you want more, you think about having more. It starts somewhere, and I think this is the next step,” said Devin Johnson, an attendee of the job fair.

End-Of-Life Workers Are Sharing The Major Things We Get Wrong About Death
That’s why it can help to hear the insights of people who see death all the time, because understanding it now can help us better process grief about others and feel more at ease when thinking about our own mortality. I had conversations with palliative and hospice care physicians, nurses and social workers that comforted me, surprised me and challenged my own assumptions about death. Maybe they will for you, too.

A Proclamation on National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week, 2023
The White House
We fixed the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program so borrowers who become teachers, police officers, social workers, military service members and other public servants get the debt relief they are entitled to under the law.  We are reducing the amount that student loan borrowers have to repay on their undergraduate loans to 5 percent of their discretionary income each month, down from 10 percent — the most generous repayment program ever. 

Steve Drzewoszewski is a member of NASW-NJ:
Coping with suicide: Surviving the loss of a loved one
23 Bakersfield
According to Steve Drzewoszewski, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and clinical director of Ellie Mental Health in New Jersey, characteristics to look for in people who may be suffering depression are loss of interest in activities, a negative outlook and loss of self-confidence. Depression is a leading cause of disability around the world, the World Health Organization wrote in a report. The effects of depression can be long-lasting or recurrent and can dramatically affect a person’s ability to function and live a rewarding life. 

Sandra McGatha is a member of NASW-MO:
Art and color — an unspoken language in dementia care: Sandy McGatha
In fact, the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) promotes art as a way for individuals with dementia to express themselves and process their emotions as they lose their language ability. Individuals with dementia may not be able to verbally express feelings about their dementia, but emotionally they may retain the ability to share their inner world through their art.

Steve Carleton is a member of NASW-CO:
The Top 10 Reasons Couples Get Divorced, New Data Shows
Best Life
Sometimes, people who marry young are still getting to know themselves. “Marrying at a young age may mean the individuals have not fully matured or discovered their identity, leading to changes that cause incompatibility over time,” says Steve Carleton, LCSW, CACIII, a clinical social worker and the executive clinical director at Gallus Detox. However, far fewer couples are marrying young these days, compared with generations past. In 2021, the national median age of first marriage was 29.2 years old, representing a 32 percent increase in age since 1973, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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