8 Facts About Mental Health You Wanna Know Now! -Carly Danowitz

  1. So many social workers are in mental health practice because almost half of Americans (46%), experience some form of mental illness in their life span. Some of the most common mental disorders are: mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and impulse-control disorders. (DiNitto & McNeece, 2008, p. 145)


  1. Most of the research performed within mental health has been with male subjects. However, women are more likely than men to suffer from depression. Biology cannot adequately explain this phenomenon. (DiNitto & McNeece, 2008, p. 156)


  1. One counseling approach employed by social workers is motivational interviewing, which seeks to gain the clients trust and help them move toward a more positive direction. They teach them to use empathy, develop discrepancy, support self-efficacy, and to respond differently. (DiNitto & McNeece, 2008, p. 160)


  1. Youths are a primary concern for social workers that work in the mental health realm. This is because half of mental disorders appear by age 14, and 75% by the age of 24. Even so, more mental health services are offered to adults rather than children. (DiNitto & McNeece, 2008, p. 153)


  1. Commonly, people with mental health disorders have more than one disorder. This is called comorbidity. One common disorder that is comorbid with many mental health disorders is substance use disorder. This can be applied to drugs and alcohol. (DiNitto & McNeece, 2008, p.147)


  1. 20-25% of homeless individuals have a serious mental illness. These people also have problems with employment, criminal justice system, as well as social and family relationships. They also commonly have alcohol or drug abuse problems. (DiNitto & McNeece, 2008, p.154-155)


  1. Many social workers provide case management, also called care management. This is a system in which the social worker makes sure their client has access to and obtains all the services and resources that can help them maintain their most optimal functioning. (DiNitto & McNeece, 2008, p. 158)


  1. 5-7% of adults have a serious mental illness and 5-9% of children have a serious mental illness. Social workers who work in the public mental health agencies work mainly with clients that have serious mental illnesses. (DiNitto & McNeece, 2008, p. 147)




DiNitto, D., & McNeece, C. (2008). Social work: Issues and opportunities in a challenging profession (3rd ed.). Chicago, IL: Lyceum Books.


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