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A new model of care holds promise in improving the physical health of people with mental illness, new research finds, potentially increasing the life span of individuals who typically die 25 years earlier than the general population.

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Diversity and inclusion policies can not only radically change an organization’s productivity levels and boost morale — they can also create economic opportunities for refugees and migrants. Mustafa Özbilgin of Brunel University London spoke about on the topic during the latest installment of our Distinguished Speaker Series on D&I.

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June is PTSD Awareness Month. Dexter Egleston, a Marine and recent MSW graduate, walks us through his journey through the program and how social work can help fellow service members.

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The number of homeless people in the Los Angeles area has increased 23 percent to 57,794 since the 2016 count, according to latest data analyzed by USC researchers. “There is no sugarcoating this bad news: Our count is up,” LA Mayor Eric Garcetti said.

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Sexual and gender minorities — particularly LGBT individuals — experience significantly higher rates of mental and behavioral health problems than their heterosexual peers, yet efforts to address these disparities in the research world are lacking. Our USC LGBT Health Equity Initiative is designed to counter that trend. #PrideMonth

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There are many different types of foster care, from those based on medical need to those that involve family members looking after children due to unforeseen circumstances. For National Foster Care Month, we aim to raise awareness of all the selfless people who ensure that foster children have the opportunity to grow up in safe, loving homes.

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month. We hope that these 15 surprising facts about mental health will banish some of your preconceived notions, as well as encourage you to discuss these issues openly with those you care about.

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MSW student Lesley Adams Williams keeps the country safe as an active duty Navy training instructor. Going beyond her military background, Williams sees a future where she can help protect at-risk teens when home isn’t an option. One possibility could be building 24-hour centers where youth in high-crime neighborhoods can leave their weapons at the door, eat, take a shower, relax or sleep. “Some people write these students off because they don’t look past their behavioral problems,” she says. “I tell them, you may not come from much, or you may not have much, but you have to believe in yourself when no one else does.” #MilitaryAppreciationMonth

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"Continue to identify yourself as a social worker, and be present when it counts. The world outside of social work and the next generation of social workers need you to do so. We must always be at the table when the deals are being made that impact our clients, our profession and our society."

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While practicing self-care may seem like just another daunting, time-consuming task to add to your to-do list, you may be surprised to learn that many of these methods can be integrated into your daily routine in 30 minutes or less. #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth
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