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Five tips for managing your mental health in a pressurised social work job

In recent weeks I’ve published a number of pieces from social workers talking about their own mental health and the support (or lack of it) they’ve received from employers after coming forward for support. If you are feeling mentally unwell it’s important to get professional help (if you need help identifying options a useful resource […]

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Social work cartoon: The gender balance

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Social work cartoon: ‘Get the shredder’

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‘Social worker silence and fear is propping up this broken mental health system’

Clip: Mary O’Reilly on how health and social care professionals’ “silence and fear” props up a failing system “The human cost – where does personal and professional integrity figure on a spreadsheet?” – certainly as conference talk titles go this one, by Mary O’Reilly – mental health practitioner and expert by experience – is a […]

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Community Care Live: A Tweeter’s guide to #cclive13

It’s the event so big that even Sir Alex Fergie of Man Utd had to retire weeks before it in order to make sure he wasn’t forced out of the limelight. Yup, Community Care Live 2013 is happening next week over two days (21st and 22nd May) at the Business Design Centre in Islington, central […]

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‘A gifted social work manager who can make you feel “not alone” when you’re struggling is fantastic but rare’

This article by a social worker about the impact the increasing pressures placed on her team had on her mental health has provoked quite a response from frontline staff and social care managers. Writing about your own mental health can be an incredibly scary thing. Yet, I always find it amazing – and comforting – […]

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Social work cartoon: The Big Fight

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Just one week left to win £500 for a charity of your choice

There’s just a week to go until the closing date (10th May) for entries to our ‘Inspiring images of social care‘ competition. We’re looking for images that show off the positive sides of social care that are too rarely seen by the public. If our judging panel select your pic as the best of the […]

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Stephen Fry: Social care funding crisis ‘denying too many people their basic freedoms’

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1GAnsUEdfQ[/youtube] Stephen Fry is heading up a charity campaign to urge  politicians to address the ongoing social care funding crisis. Fry narrates a new film (see video above) for the ‘Britain Cares‘ campaign being run by the disability charity Scope. Here’s what Fry says about social care in the film: “The words ‘social care’ mean […]

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People using mental health services ‘in the dark’ about payment-by-results?

In an article we published last week, social care leaders and frontline practitioners voiced concerns over the way the government’s payment-by-results (PbR) scheme is being applied to mental health services (you can read their worries, and a bit more detail on the PbR policy here).  Here, Alex Turner* gets feedback from a charity providing mental […]

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