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UNC project helps students with mental illnesses, support services prepare for ‘what if’ scenarios

Psychiatric Advance DirectivesNationally, an estimated 15 percent of students experience some form of mental illness such as major depression while in college. Many often struggle with where to get support.


UNC study: 'chilling' hardship rates among families raising disabled children

Girl with cerebral palsyFamilies with disabled children are struggling to keep food on the table, a roof over their heads, and to pay for needed health and dental care.  But according to a new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, these challenges are now falling on middle-income households and not just on poor families as previous research has found.


UNC School of Social Work helps China tackle growing pains

ShanghaiA burgeoning relationship between U.S. and Chinese social workers is helping ensure that the world’s most populous nation can deal with its growing pains at the same time that it’s coming of age.

The problems vary widely – from helping victims of the recent Sichuan earthquake cope with trauma, to managing the impact that China’s one-child policy and a booming elderly population are having on the nation’s social fabric.

Such tasks aren’t made easier by the fact that social work as a discipline is still quite new in China and the number of trained professionals is relatively low.


Out-of-pocket health-care costs for disabled children vary widely by state

The size of the financial burden on families with disabled children largely depends on which state they live in, according to a new study conducted by the schools of social work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.

According to researchers, parents in states with higher average incomes face smaller burdens – meaning in contrast, more vulnerable families in poorer states often pay more of their own money to cover their disabled children’s health-care costs.
 


Strong Couples-Strong Children program helps fragile families stay together

Strong Couples programStudies show that children from single-parent households are more likely to live in poverty and are at greater risk for problems affecting their health, cognitive development and behavioral and academic success. But in North Carolina, a UNC School of Social Work program geared toward strengthening the relationships of unmarried, low-income parents could reverse those trends.