Three-quarters of social workers emotionally and mentally exhausted on back of Covid-19, finds survey

One-fifth of practitioners have taken time off due to stress during pandemic, finds snapshot survey by the Social Workers’ Benevolent Trust, the latest study to highlight Covid’s negative impact on profession. Three-quarters of social workers are “emotionally and mentally exhausted” after working through the pandemic, a snapshot survey by practitioner support charity the Social Workers’ Benevolent Trust has found. The poll of 211 practitioners found 70% of those surveyed had worried about their mental health during the course of the pandemic and 20% had taken time off due to stress and 24% had sought professional help for their mental health. Among those social workers who described themselves as emotionally and mentally exhausted, 59% said they were “just about coping” and 17% said they were struggling to cope. Read more.