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Members in the News – June 15, 2023

Chris McLaughlin is executive director of NASW-ME:
Commentary: In Maine and nationwide, allyship during Pride Month has to be a serious business
Portland Press Herald
Social workers across Maine are fierce advocates for inclusivity, equality and social justice. These tenets are such major components of our work that they are part of the social work code of ethics, the guiding principles and standards by which all social workers must practice. As executive director of the Maine Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, I want to wish my fellow social workers and other colleagues around Maine a happy Pride Month.

Kelly Smith is a member of NASW-TX:
Covenant Health Partners evaluates mental health opportunities on South Plains Honor Flight
 As the Texas South Plains Honor Flight evaluates the 2023 flight and prepares for next year, that may include more mental health resources thanks to a collaboration with Covenant Health Partners. “Part of the reason that I’m here is just to observe the Honor Flight itself, the way it’s run and learn what Covenant Health Partners and the Honor Flight might be able to do together in partnership in the future, whether it’s embedding mental health professionals on the flight or participating in activities, back in Lubbock, to help these guys and forward the cause of the Honor Flight,” Kelly Smith said.

Valentina Muggia is a member of NASW-OR:
Professionals lauded for response to mental health crisis in Oregon City
Oregon City News
In March 2022, several Oregon City officers responded to the McLoughlin Promenade above Highway 99E after a man called 911 to report that he had cut his wrists and intended to jump off the bluff. OCPD’s Behavioral Health Specialist Valentina Muggia and Detective Jon Neece, who is also a member of the Clackamas County Interagency Crisis Negotiation Team, both responded to the scene and began speaking with the suicidal man.

Leora Botnick is a member of NASW-NYC:
Upper West Side Hosts Fifth Annual ‘Smash the Stigma’ Program on Mental Illness
Jewish Link
With respect to the types of steps that communities can take to address mental health issues, Silton specifically referenced Galim (Grab a Lifeline in Manhattan), which is made up of a group of mental health professionals. Founded by Leora Botnick, a licensed clinical social worker, after she attended the first annual Smash the Stigma event, Galim was formed to address the Upper West Side Community’s mental health needs.

Caitlin Cantor is a member of NASW-NJ:
3 Ways You’re Ruining Your Relationship
Psychology Today
The good news is that you have a lot of agency over how your relationships feel and how healthy they are, once you learn the relational skills you need. Then, you’re not dependent on others or the universe to improve your relationships; you’re not helpless and things aren’t hopeless. The more healthy relational skills you learn and practice, the more you can create relationships that feel deeply connected, nourishing, reciprocal, and secure.

Ryan Estes is a member of NASW-NC, and treasurer on the NASW-NC board:
UNC Chapel Hill launches statewide mental health program
“It’s a generational thing that we see in younger individuals, they’re much more comfortable talking about their mental health needs and being in a crisis. I would like to think that yes, we’ve broken or shattered that stigma around suicidality and mental health. I think there’s still a little bit more work to go but we’re definitely in a different place than we were,” said Ryan Estes, chief operations officer for Coastal Horizons.

Michelle Bates is a member of NASW-NC:
The Fayetteville Observer’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2023: Meet Dr. Michelle E. Bates
The Fayetteville Observer
Dr. Michelle E. Bates, 36, of Spring Lake, is the field education director for the Master of Social Work program at Fayetteville State University. She was nominated for 40 Under 40 because of her “passion and love for social work within her community, amongst her students, colleagues, friends, and family. With over 13 years of experience in the social work profession, she continues to excel while also remaining humble,” a nominator writes.

Brenda Rosen is executive director of NASW-KY:
The KY Roadshow is Coming to Owensboro Next Month
Brenda Rosen, the executive director of the National Association of Social Workers of Kentucky, said social workers especially can benefit from getting up to speed on available resources. “The goals are to bring to regions across the state,” said Rosen, “an opportunity to learn more about updated policies’ impact on everything from housing and food insecurity to talking about the importance of mental health.”

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