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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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Campaign confronts mental health stigma in schools

The Time to Change national campaign to end mental health discrimination has released ‘The stand up kid’ – a film about mental health stigma in schools. The film is part of a pilot project being launched in the West Midlands and was launched alongside research showing that nearly one in ten young people in the region thinkt […]

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“Service user” or “client”? Social workers divided on best term

  Social workers are split on whether “service user” or “client” is the best term to describe people accessing social care, a Community Care poll has found. Over 920 people responded to the poll, including over 800 social care professionals and students, more than 50 people using services, and 35 carers and advocates. Thanks to […]

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What should you call a social care ‘service user’?

I’m reading a report where interviewees use a number of terms to describe people who use mental health services. They include ‘patient’, ‘client’, ‘service user’ and ‘survivor’ among others. It reminded me of a discussion that cropped up at Community Care Live on whether there was a better term than ‘service user’ to describe people who […]

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Films shed light on mental health stigma and overload

Like a low quality version of legendary movie critic Barry Norman, I thought I’d share these two short films on mental health that have popped into my inbox in the last couple of days… Five tips for starting a conversation about mental health In this short film by the Time to Change anti-stigma project, five people with experience […]

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A striking image of social work & young peoples’ views of care

What do looked after young people, and the social workers that support them, feel about the care process and mental health services? A striking set of images from a recent report from mental health charity YoungMinds offers a fascinating insight. As part of YoungMinds’ exploration of mental health stigma and looked after young people (download […]

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On the receiving end: how I went from social worker to service user

In this guest post mental health social worker Mike Bush says he’s learnt a lot by experiencing mental health services from the other side… In November 2000, while working as a mental health social worker, I suffered a severe mental breakdown.I was working in an inner city community mental health team and surrounded by community […]

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Ruby Wax – Losing It: a mini review

I went to see the show Ruby Wax – Losing It at the Duchess Theatre in London this week. It’s a performance of two halves, the first involves Wax telling the story of her own breakdown and admission to The Priory and railing against the artificiality and shallow nature of our society and its obsession […]

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Depression, public opinions on mental health and being careful on Twitter

There’s a thought-provoking piece on Psychology Today about depression and why some people just don’t feel like geting out of bed. The obvious response would be to suggest that they have a problem with motivation. But the author suggests that the problem might be quite the opposite. Depression may be more to do with an inability to […]

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Leeds rugby team back anti-stigma campaign

It’s good to see sports stars backing mental health campaigns. Young men are a particularly hard to reach group when it comes to anti-stigma messages and sportsmen tend to be the kind of people they listen to. So it’s good to see Leeds Carnegie players backing the Time to Change campaign at their game on […]

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