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Deona Hooper, MSW

Deona Hooper, MSW is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Social Work Helper, and she has experience in nonprofit communications, tech development and social media consulting. Deona has a Masters in Social Work with a concentration in Management and Community Practice as well as a Certificate in Nonprofit Management both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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    Top Five Barriers to Mental Health Treatment

    Today, one in five people in the United States experience a mental health condition which is equivalent to approximately 40 million Americans, but only 41% of adults with a mental health condition actually receive treatment. For Mental Health Awareness Month, King’s University and Social Work Helper are working together to help raise awareness on mental health barriers and […]

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    End Bullying: Being a Superhero in Real Life (IRL)

    In 2008, a Yale University study established a causal link between suicide and bullying. Their research concluded that bullying victims are 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims. Current research states one in five students reported being bullied, but the research also concludes a large percentage of victims do not make a […]

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    Exploring A New Approach to Anti-Bullying with James Gavsie

    With the advent of social media and live streaming, public suicides of youth have pushed bullying and cyberbullying to the forefront, and adults are beginning to approach bullying with the seriousness it demands. According to Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center, one in every five students reported being bullied which means a large percentage do not report. […]

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    Social Work and Rare Disease Day

    by: Emily Walsh and Deona Hooper In honor of Rare Disease Day, the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance is working with Social Work Helper to spread awareness about the effect that rare diseases can have on a person and their support system and also what resources are out there to help ease some of the added strain. […]

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    Mental Health Matters But What Happens When You Are Waitlisted

    Lately, you may have heard the term mental illness casually being tossed around in the media or during a conversation after a mass shooting has occurred as a way to label unfathomable behavior. Then, your mind immediately conjures up a version of who and what mental illness may look like based on this framework. Unfortunately, […]

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    Empowering Youth Leaders for Activism and Action

    For those of you who may not know, February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). When we think of intimate partner violence, we tend to look at it as a common issue for adults. However, intimate partner violence affects the lives of our youth far more often than we think. According to LoveIsRespect.org, “one […]

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    The Top Twelve Grand Challenges Facing Society Today

    Today, at the Society for Social Work and Research Conference in Washington, DC, the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW) will unveil its 12 Grand Challenges for Social Work with a bold call to action to help solve the toughest problems facing our society today. When we reflect and take inventory of […]

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    Independence Day: An Ongoing Fight for Freedom

    Independence Day is a day we celebrate being free from tyranny, oppression, and persecution. It’s a day we celebrate a democratic society with the rights to freedom of speech, religion, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I am especially thankful to the men and women serving in our military who have made many sacrifices […]

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    Find the Perfect Internship: Interview with Nathan Parcells CEO of InternMatch

    I often hear from social work students and professionals who wished better internship opportunities were available to them. Many social work degreed students are finding that they are competing with communication and journalism majors, women’s studies, political science, public administration, and law students for social justice positions that have been traditionally social work roles. Employers […]

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    TalkPoverty is Lifting the Voices of Impoverished Communities

    Citizens living below the poverty line are often treated as an absent third party while policy makers and service providers decide what “they” need in order to become productive members of society. Debates are launched about how the poor game the system, their laziness, immorality and poor choices leading them to a cycle of generational […]