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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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‘Floor to ceiling porn’: how new psychiatric definitions impact staff and patients

Blair McPherson looks at how the inclusion of ‘hoarding behaviour’ as a mental illness in a new psychiatric manual could impact social work practice. In his hospital bed he looked like a frail old man. The fall had shaken his confidence. He had lain there all night on the floor until the meals on wheels […]

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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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Radio 4 coverage of mental health bed pressures and impact on social workers

Last night I appeared on Radio 4′s  All in the Mind show to discuss my recent investigation into the number of mental health patients sent out-of-area to private hospitals amid a shortage of psychiatric intensive care unit beds. You can listen to my interview here (it starts about the 14 minute mark). The main points […]

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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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This crisis in mental health care is damaging patients and professionals

“It was ever thus surely?” – that was one response I received after tweeting a link last night to an article I’d published on NHS bed closures leading to more out-of-area mental health placements. I take the point. Yes, out-of-area placements have long been used when NHS beds are under pressure. But I also feel that […]

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