May 11, 2022 at 11:02 a.m.

In Honor of Mental Health Awareness Month

Dear CSSW Community,

Mental health services are essential for well-being. In the U.S., it is estimated that more than 60 percent of mental health treatment is provided by social workers. Further, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that overall employment of social workers is projected to grow 12 percent between now and 2030. This is faster than the average for all occupations. These facts are a stark reminder of the value social workers bring to all communities.

May marks Mental Health Awareness month, and this year the theme is “Together for Mental Health.” The goal is to continue to educate, advocate, and increase support for mental health services. Social workers are uniquely positioned, because of their training, to ensure that when supporting an individual’s mental health, it is within the context of the world and systems they live in. The building blocks for the treatment they provide are established through advocating and organizing.

With graduation literally just days away, we feel extremely proud and grateful that another cohort of social workers have said yes to their calling, and will enter the world ready to influence policies and be of service to communities.

In community,
Melissa & Karma

Melissa Begg, Dean & Professor
Karma Lowe, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Community Engagement