September 19, 2013
The D.C. Metro Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers is deeply saddened by the tragic events that unfolded at the D.C. Navy Yard on Monday September 16, 2013. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and everyone affected. We salute the men and women, military and civilian who ensure our safety on a daily basis. We encourage all social workers, macro and clinical practitioners to process their thoughts and feelings with colleagues, family, and friends. Many employers offer free grief counseling through employee assistance programs.
A historic defining feature of social work is the profession’s focus on individual wellbeing within the social context and the wellbeing of society. Easy access to firearms, a lack in mental health services, and collective inaction on gun restrictions threaten the ability of our clients, our communities, and our country to have an opportunity to live healthy, productive lives.
NASW-DC Metro Chapter believes that gun violence violates the basic expectation of safety. The traumatic events that unfolded on Monday have left many with concerns and more questions than answers. Mass shootings reveal a multitude of systemic issues that effect of society. As social workers, we advocate for policies and services that address mental health and ensure public safety.
As we begin to heal, our thoughts and prayers remain with everyone affected by this tragedy. The community foundation for the national capital region has established two special community-wide funds in response to the Navy Yard shooting. Please visit www.thecommunityfoundation.org for more information.