Public health workers declare police violence a public health issue

An important development that I nearly missed - At their recent annual meeting in San Diego, voting representatives of the more than 25,000 members of the American Public Health Association (APHA) approved a policy that identifies violence associated with "law enforcement" as a major public health concern.  (You can read about it here - https://filtermag.org/2018/11/15/the-american-public-health-association-declares-police-violence-a-public-health-issue/) … Continue reading Public health workers declare police violence a public health issue

Field Intern Spotlight: Ryan Godwin

Student Name Ryan Godwin, BSW, Newton, Mississippi Agency Name / City / Semester Institute for Disability Studies / Hattiesburg / Fall 2018 What are your responsibilities as an intern? As an intern at IDS, I am responsible for keeping thorough notes regarding each client visit, reviewing client files for errors or missing forms, making copies … Continue reading Field Intern Spotlight: Ryan Godwin

Ending stigma is not enough to stem the tide of suicide

Recent high-profile celebrity suicides have combined with alarming new reports of rising U.S. suicide rates to unleash a virtual tsunami of concern.  In the past three days, I’ve read at least a half-dozen heartfelt pleas for anyone with suicidal urges to seek professional help, and another half-dozen calls to “end the stigma” associated with getting … Continue reading Ending stigma is not enough to stem the tide of suicide