MSW@USC Blog


Can Physical Barriers Prevent Suicides from U.S. Bridges?

Bridges have always attracted people who want to jump to their deaths. Can social workers and new technologies intervene and help save lives?

Service Members Speak Out on Difficulties of Transitioning to Civilian Life

According to the Department of Defense, about 1,300 military service members, spouses and children transition into civilian communities each day, but the majority of veterans have trouble adjusting to civilian life, which can lead to joblessness, homelessness and untreated mental health conditions.

The Harmful Message Behind a Ban on Those Who Protect and Serve

In a series of tweets published in late July, President Trump announced that the U.S. military would no longer allow transgender men and women to serve in any capacity. The president cited medical costs and distractions to military focus as the reasons behind his surprise announcement, despite a previous study by the RAND National Defense Research Institute that counters these claims.

A Snapshot of Mental Illness in America

To help identify some of the challenges for those living with a mental illness, the MSW@USC created three infographics that provide a snapshot of what mental illness looks like in America, how mental illness and substance use are related, and what barriers exist for people in need of treatment.

USC Tackles Tough Military-to-Civilian Transitions at Upcoming Conference

USC professor Sara Kintzle sits down with the MSW@USC to preview the State of The American Veteran Conference.

Forward Thinking: Addressing Threats to LGBTQ Youth Safety and Security

Compared to the general youth population, LGBTQ youth are more likely to struggle with depression, develop suicidal ideation, contract HIV, become homeless and experience physical violence. As we celebrate Pride Month this June, let’s reflect on critical issues that young LGBTQ people continue to face as they navigate one of the most challenging times in their lives.