Mental Health

ALUMNI OPINION: The "Gun Problem" Isn't a "Mental Illness Problem." It's Just a "Gun Problem."

According to Dr. Peggy Drexler (MSW'84), the U.S. needs mental health reform, and it also needs tighter gun laws—and the two need to work in concert.

New York's School Social Workers Convene First-ever Conference to Address Cuts to School-based Mental Health Services

Social work professionals who serve New York’s public school system will convene on Thursday, June 4, at the Columbia School of Social Work for the first-ever conference to address the issue of how to keep school children safe in the face of drastic cuts to mental health services.

World Health Expert Martha Peláez Invites Social Work Graduates to Address "Gross Inequalities that Divide Us"

Dr. Martha B. Peláez was the graduation speaker for the School of Social Work's Class of 2015. She is the former regional advisor on aging to the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization, We have posted the full text of her address. Congratulations, 2015 graduates!

Caring for Family Members with Severe Mental Illness: Dr. Rachel Pruchno's Story

Mental illness is back in the news with the revelation that a young German pilot deliberately brought down Germanwings Flight 9525 in the French Alps on March 24, killing all 150 on board. This report on a clinical ground rounds talk by Dr. Rachel Pruchno provides a useful framework for some of the issues under debate.

New Study Brings Healthy Lifestyle Intervention to Underserved Clients in Two Cities

Associate Professor Leopoldo J. Cabassa has been awarded an R01 grant from the NIMH to conduct a trial of a peer-led healthy lifestyle intervention for clients who have mental illness and are overweight or obese.

Silence Is Fatal: Fighting Stigma About Depression and Suicide in Our Communities

Professor Leopoldo Cabassa speaks out on the importance of breaking the silence surrounding those who are depressed, in this article just now published in El Nuevo Día, Puerto Rico's largest-circulation newspaper.

Deputy Mayor Lilliam Barrios-Paoli to Serve as 2014 Graduation Speaker

Lilliam Barrios-Paoli, who heads social services under New York City Mayor DeBlasio, will serve as speaker for the Columbia School of Social Work's graduation ceremony, to be held on Wednesday May 21 at the Beacon Theatre.

SWM-007: Social Work and the DSM-5, with Michael First and Janet Williams (2/2)

Welcome to Part 2 of our podcast featuring two DSM experts, Drs. Michael First and Janet Williams, talking about the implications of DSM-5 for social workers who deliver mental health services.

SWM-006: Social Work and the DSM-5, with Michael First and Janet Williams (1/2)

The impact of the release of the DSM-5 last year is still being felt. In this podcast, two DSM experts, Drs. Michael First and Janet Williams, discuss the key changes that appear in this edition and their implications for social workers in mental health fields.

Professor Friedman: We Need "Assertive" Mental Health Services

Read the responses given by Adjunct Associate Professor Michael B. Friedman to a debate concerning the effectiveness of the U.S. policy of deinstitutionalization of mental health services, organized by MedPageToday.com.

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