April 14, 2016

Social work student James Her given UW Bonderman travel fellowship

James Her (MSW ’16) is one of 15 UW students awarded a 2016 Bonderman travel fellowship, worth $20,000. The goal of this sought-after fellowship is to expose students to the intrinsic, often life-changing, benefits of international travel. The grant allows UW students to embark for regions around the world on solo journeys that last for at least eight months.

April 8, 2016

Jennifer Stuber writes about working with NRA in Washington Post editorial

It wasn’t the hardest phone call I’ve ever made, but it was certainly awkward. I was cold-calling the National Rifle Association. Because the NRA is well-known for offering gun safety training, I wanted to know whether the organization had ideas on how to reduce the number of firearm suicides. Half of all suicides in the United States are by firearm, and roughly two-thirds of all firearm deaths are suicides. Given the NRA’s opposition to virtually all gun regulation, I knew this was a touchy area.

April 5, 2016

Research study finds overweight teen girls more likely to be depressed as adults

Women who were overweight as adolescents are more likely than others to have symptoms of depression at age 65, especially if they were raised in low-income families, according to a new study.

The same wasn't true for men, however.

“The most surprising result may be the difference in the relationship between adolescent overweight and later life depressive symptoms by gender,” said lead author Melissa L. Martinson of the University of Washington in Seattle.

April 4, 2016

MSW student Lauren Bonazzo Camarda on the debilitating cost of long-term care

At 28 years old, the cost of long-term health care was something that had never crossed my mind. It wasn’t until my mother was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer that I began to understand the importance and high price of long-term care.

April 1, 2016

Forefront forges surprising partnership to pass suicide prevention law

After her husband ended his life with a bullet in 2011, Jennifer Stuber went to the two Washington stores where he had bought guns to talk with the owners about suicide prevention.

That bold move by Stuber, an associate professor at the University of Washington School of Social Work, eventually led to the passage of a bill signed into state law March 31 by Gov. Jay Inslee. The bill brings together two unlikely partners — the firearms industry and suicide prevention advocates — with pharmacists in an effort to curb suicide deaths.