The Metro DC Chapter is one of 55 chapters of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the largest association of professional social workers in the United States. Our 1,100-plus members serve all populations, including children, adolescents, families, older adults, immigrants, LGBTQ individuals, and others. They also serve clients in every DC ward and work setting, as well as in the DC metropolitan area such as Northern Virginia and nearby Maryland.

This In the News section features the latest articles and news from the Metro DC Chapter, including press releases, policy or issue statements, professional and licensing updates, training announcements, and other content relevant to the work of Metro DC social workers.

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month! New Behavioral Health Resources Available

Happy #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth! The theme of this year’s annual celebration is “Where to Start: Mental Health in a Changing World,” and the NASW Virginia Chapter encourages social workers to use and share new resources available to advance mental wellness.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has published a helpful toolkit that offers weekly messages, themes for target audiences, and actions that support greater understanding of the importance of good mental health. Check it out here:

“Social workers have long played an important role in amplifying Mental Health Awareness Month and behavioral health well-being,” says NASW Metro DC Executive Director Debra Riggs. “As DC and the nation continue to demonstrate record-high levels of teen anxiety and depression, rising suicide numbers, and serious shortfalls in behavioral health funding, it’s more vital than ever that residents know they can turn to trained social workers for help and guidance.”