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Having depression kickstarted my career as a mental health social worker

Jun 2nd, 2015 by

I see people from all walks of life, but all have long and enduring mental health difficulties

I wake up at 6:15am and take my dog Otis out for a walk. I live in the countryside so rarely see a soul at that time. I usually check my work emails before I’ve even left the house. I’m sure this eagerness is counterproductive and will probably contribute to burnout by the time I’m 35! Breakfast is always something on the go. I’m vegetarian so preparing Otis’ food always puts me off eating first thing in the morning!

A typical day starts with a team meeting. We discuss all those in crisis and people who are inpatients in hospital. I work in a great, multi-disciplinary team where we really respect each other’s views. I believe multi-disciplinary teams are only effective if you don’t discount the model your colleagues are working from. A combination of social interventions combined with medication and psychological input all seem relevant to helping people in their recovery.

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I love my job and strive to be a better practitioner every day

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