The Mentally Ill And Disabled Population Essay

1234 Words Nov 16th, 2016 5 Pages
I was raised in the suburbs of Western Pennsylvania in a predominantly wealthy part of town. Growing up in this environment, I was never exposed to a wide variety of diversities besides the vacations that I would go on with my family. So, for me, any population other than the stereotypical American lifestyle would work for this project. In high school, however, I became very involved in a program called Peer Buddies, where students would be paired up with other students with special needs and we would work together on homework, life skills, or other school activities for that class period. Through this program I met Courtney; we were paired together for the school year and I later ended up nannying her this past summer. My connection with Courtney has influenced me to want to work with people who have mental illnesses or disabilities through social work and therapy. It is also why I chose to do this project about the mentally ill and disabled population. Mental health is one of the main areas of study for social workers along with healthcare social workers and child, family, and school social workers. Social workers who specialize in mental health will work with individuals battling substance abuse, mental illnesses, poverty, and many more. There are many reasons why someone from this population would seek support from a social worker but some of the current issues are; aging population, LGBTQ community, situations within prisons and jails, major lifestyle change/…

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