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Social work stress in mental health teams hits record high

What can I say?  I have a social work background er… I’m a social worker and I happen to have worked in mental health services since 1996.  Over that period I have met some great people; carers, service users and colleagues and had and seen some great things.  I have also witnessed and been involved in some very stressful incidents and seen a fair bit of distress again, among carers, service users and colleagues.  Stress is a part of the very fabric of life and no matter how hard we try it is unavoidable.  What makes the difference is how we and those around us respond and manage those stresses. Do You Care? Read on

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Serious, not Solemn

The video talk below is very interesting but, I’ll warn you, it is aimed at designers and it is over twenty minutes long.  I enjoyed it very much but not because I am a designer, although I was interested,  but because I thought it said something more about what can happen to people as they journey through life.  In her discussion about her design career she talks about the difference between seriousness and solemnity.  If you don’t feel like watching the whole video, skip through to about 12 minutes in and listen to what she says about the integration of design and typography with architecture.  It’s worth a look. Do You Care? Read on

This will be Quick!

Well, the post will be quick but the video below is a bout 7 minutes long.  “How do you spend your day?” is the question asked in the video and for Richie Parker, you will see, it is pretty remarkable.  I haven’t much to say because pretty much, it is hard to know what to say without resorting to clichés or possibly, making a bit of a mess of it.  At the end of the video the narrator in responding to the question again, says something like, “Don’t ask Richie Parker because he’s already moving on…” Do You Care? Read on

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How Good Are you at Accepting Help?

Isn’t it interesting that some of us don’t like to ask for or accept help and support?  Not everyone of course and it can be quite challenging when some people can’t seem to stop asking for help, even when they might not need it – but that’s for another Neighbourgood News item.  Right now, I want to think about reluctance or refusal to accept help and the kind of problems it might lead to.

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Rules are for Breaking!

I am going to break a bit of a personal blogging rule here and tell you a bit about myself.

  1. Social Worker
  2. Have been an Approved MH Professional
  3. Working Mental Health Services
  4. Had an operation on my ear in November 2013

There you go, you pretty much know all there is to know about me!  The reason I don’t like to do this too often is because I don’t want the Neighbourgood to be about me; I want it to be about care and support and about the people that provide it as well as benefit from it. It’s supposed to be a website where people can tell others about the care and support they provide so that people can benefit in some way.  It is not supposed to be about me! Do You Care? Read on

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Fifteen Minutes of Care: is it Enough?

Everyone will have their fifteen minutes of fame, an expression coined by Andy Warhol, who said in 1968 that “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” If you were famous, I imagine it might be better enjoyed if it were more than a fleeting moment. And that’s how Leonard Cheshire, the disability charity feels about a flying, fifteen minutes of care. They also say in a recent report challenging the practice that the public support them in calling for the government to end the practice of providing care in these short time slots. Do You Care? Read on


ASDA and The Mental Patient

So, what exactly is the problem with a large retail chain selling a fancy dress costume based on crass, stereotypes and why is it so offensive? You might or might not have heard that costumes labelled as “Mental Patient” and “Psycho Ward” we’re recently withdrawn from sale after attracting a great deal of criticism.  No wonder when so many people are working so hard at reducing mental health stigma.  These costumes were for Halloween and this is what Wikipeia has to say bout Samhain, the festival it stems from: Do You Care? Read on


Caregivers On Line

Apparently, caregivers love the web and knowing what I know about the Internet as well as providing support, that makes sense to me. If you provide care, you’re busy, right? You are more than likely interested in helping the person or people you care for and interested in finding things out on their behalf and for yourself. That level of interest is what makes good care better.  The Internet is a one-stop-shop for information and advice and once you dive in, you wonder how we ever got by without surfing. It is like having a whole library at your finger tips and doubles up as a convenient way to shop, bank, chat and do so many other things without leaving your keyboard. Do You Care? Read on

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Talk is Cheap: Words are Cheaper

I distinctly remember as a child, thinking hard about the number of words that must have been written throughout history. It’s a staggering idea but now in my adult head I find myself thinking about it all again.  The essence of the phrase of course, it that it is easy to say things but more difficult to do them.  An offer of help is easy to make but to provide the help is a bit tougher.  These days, with contemporary methods of communication, it’s not just talk that’s cheap but publishing is too – everywhere!
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Getting Old is Inevitable

Pardon me for getting old, is a quote from a reader’s comment on a page about a predicted crisis in Norfolk.  This is what the article says in describing the pressure on the local authority in providing care for an ageing population:

“Norfolk is facing a “significant challenge” because an ageing population is heaping pressure on social services at a time when the money to tackle the problem is shrinking…”

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