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Do High Schools Contribute to Suicidal Thoughts Among Teens?

A new study of 800 high schools in California found that the level of suicidal ideation among students varies greatly from school to school, highlighting the role that schools play in contributing to mental health issues. USC Professor Ron Avi Astor says schools and social workers will need to look beyond suicidal ideation as an individual psychological issue and address the effects that school environment and social dynamics have on teens.

How Does Telehealth Work?

More Americans are recognizing the benefits of seeking treatment for mental health conditions, but barriers such as awareness, stigma and distance continue to prevent people from reaching out for help. Programs like USC’s Telehealth, which offers clients online counseling and psychotherapy, could be the game-changers the social work and mental health fields need to break down barriers and provide help to clients.

Engaging Social Workers in Activism: Where to Start?

Public policy is an important component of the social work field. More people, especially social workers, are discovering meaningful ways to shape policy and influence politics. For social workers considering getting involved in activism and advocacy, here are 60 organizations that address the 12 Grand Challenges of Social Work.   

Nonconsensual Image Sharing Isn’t Pornography — It’s Sexual Assault

In the rapidly changing digital landscape, people are constantly finding new forums and quicker methods of sharing exploitative images of people to a boundless online audience. Survivors of this growing form of exploitation experience share symptoms similar to survivors of physical sexual assault, underscoring the need for more effective strategies to end this abuse.

Ending Human Trafficking through Education and Awareness

As we recognize Human Trafficking Awareness Day, the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work acknowledges the need for greater public education around the practice of human trafficking in order to help aid the more than 20 million victims who live as modern-day slaves. 

Suicide in Rural America by the Numbers

Between 2001 and 2015, more than 540,000 Americans died from suicide. Although the majority of deaths from suicide occur in urban areas, rates of suicide for rural populations, who face significant barriers to accessing mental health services, have remained higher over the past decade.