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200323-F-DK648-1002.JPG?profile=RESIZE_400xMore staff are badly needed as a ‘tsunami’ of referrals looms in the UK – but myths that the sector is dangerous to work in puts many off

Just six months after qualifying as a social worker Paddy Hartigan found himself on the frontline of the mental health crisis triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. Almost overnight he had to rethink how to continue supporting his clients. Many have serious long-term mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder whose symptoms and social isolation were exacerbated by Covid-19.

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The Guardian

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