It is an honour to host guest blogs from social workers, researchers and people with lived experience of health and social care. This blog addresses core challenges for Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHPs) and others involved in anti-racist mental health practice.
It’s Mental Health Awareness Week, which this year takes a theme we can all relate to: anxiety (#ToHelpMyAnxiety). It's not only a chance to shine a light on our psychological wellbeing (and how to maintain it) but also take stock on mental health service provision and the evolution of societal attitudes to an issue which affects us all.
I am so pleased to welcome Ewan King, Chief Executive of Shared Lives Plus, as our guest blogger this week. I am a great fan of this model of care and support and the many ways it helps people make the most of community based options, helping them lead healthy, happy and inclusive lives.
Another World Mental Health Day has begun. This annual opportunity to prioritise our psychological wellbeing feels more essential than ever in uncertain times.
With so many recent challenges and experiences in the pandemic, Jason Brandon, Mental Health Social Work Lead at DHSC, can’t think of a more suitable title to this blog post, which describes the dignity and professionalism of the approved mental health professional (AMHP) workforce. It's National AMHP Day!
Loneliness, the theme of Mental Health Awareness Week 2022, provides us with a timely reminder of a common trigger to poor mental health and emotional wellbeing, inside and outside the social work profession.
It is with a sense of relief, but also pride in our collective resilience as a profession, that we are able to publish the Chief Social Worker for Adults Annual Report 2021-22 in a world which has, at long last, regained some of the familiar trappings of normality.
Chief Social Worker for Adults, Lyn Romeo, has witnessed unprecedented changes in LGBT+ rights over her years as a social worker. Whilst there is still much to do, as we celebrate diversity through the ages during LGBT+ History Month, Lyn reflects on how far we have come as a society.
"‘Mental health in an unequal world’, this year’s World Mental Health Day theme, is one I believe all mental health social work colleagues can relate to" says Jason Brandon, Mental Health Social Work Lead at DHSC.
‘Mental health in an unequal world’ is this year’s theme for World Mental Health Day – and it’s one which speaks to all social workers working alongside people living with mental health conditions.