SLaM Stories: Hannah, Social Worker

My main motivation for going into mental health social work was the impact that mental ill-health has had on my family. I wanted to help other families who might be going through something similar. I’d worked in both politics and the charity sector previously, but wanted to work more directly with people on a day-to-day basis.

I started working at the Trust in September 2017 as a trainee with the Think Ahead programme. I qualified as a social worker one year later and am now posted into the Promoting Recovery team that I did my training in, employed by Croydon Council.

My role is to work with people with a diagnosis of psychosis who have been under services for three or more years. I am a care coordinator, often meeting people while they are still in hospital to build rapport, and then helping to identify their goals and support them with their recovery once they are discharged to the community. I get involved in a whole spectrum of ways to support people – including with their finances, housing, social activities, therapeutic interventions and finding employment or volunteering.

It’s really rewarding to see service users move forwards, even when it’s a small step. Recently one of the service users I’ve worked with for over a year found employment. It’s fantastic to see her going from strength to strength with her recovery.

Hannah SLaM story

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