Social Workers.. Should Not, what?

Social Workers.. Should Not, what?

This quote hits the core of social work in a minimal way, in my opinion. As the governmental shutdown continues and the number of vulnerable individuals increase, (due to the amount of poverty, oppression, and covert discrimination that is embedded within our society’s systematic functioning), we, as social workers, become even more critical in providing empowerment and hope to those we interact with daily. However, changing peoples’ lives also occurs by advocating for individuals on a community and macro level. The part of this quote that I disagree with is, “When we are no LONGER able to change a situation…”. As social workers, we CAN change situations by effectively touching the lives of our clients and advocating for, and with, our clients at a communal and legislative level. Social workers SHOULD NOT allow our society’s current financial and political situation impinge our ability to remain effective. Social workers SHOULD NOT accept the current situations of their clients or the system that perpetuates a person’s unfortunate circumstances. We, social workers, have the skills and capability to change not only the lives of our clients, but also remain influential in the communities and greater environments of our clients.

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Mental health remains a Taboo

Mental health remains a Taboo

Ant’s quote is spot on regarding the way in which mental health is discussed (or better yet, the lack of its discussion in some settings). There are many individuals, families, and organizations (for-profit & non-profit) that have began discussions of mental health. In order to create the change that needs to occur for the advancement of our society, these discussions need not stop or waver when frustrations and challenges arise.

By remaining conscientious of mental health in our personal lives and having an awareness of the policies that further impact the access to treatment, we as a society can create lasting change.