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Mental health case studies for social work

Events Case Study 1 Vicky is in her mid-fifties and is divorced with a grown-up family.

  1. Casey and Angie are "out" at work and with both families of origin.
  2. This pattern leads to arguments with Melanie, who calls him a "lousy father.
  3. The plan was to enjoy travel and retired life together.
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Much to her delight, they are now providing her with much-longed-for grandchildren. While she has friends and some family round about with whom she has regular contact, Vicky lives on her own. Her interests include gardening, theatre, literature - both reading and writing herself - as well as her pets and her faith.

  • When you ask why not, she tells you she won't need it, as the voices are reminding her what a bad person she is and that she doesn't deserve to live any more;
  • While she has friends and some family round about with whom she has regular contact, Vicky lives on her own;
  • He still had his own room.

Vicky has a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia and has spent a lot of time in the Royal Edinburgh Hospital over the years due to prolonged periods of poor mental health.

She had to give up work a number of years ago because of this. Vicky has been receiving daily support for about three years. One of the things Vicky receives support with is doing her weekly shopping. Crowded places heighten her paranoia, making her think that people are talking about her. You arrive at the house expecting Vicky to be ready to go, but instead she is pacing up and down, looking really distressed.

When you ask what is wrong, she tells you there's no point in going shopping.

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When you ask why not, she tells you she won't need it, as the voices are reminding her what a bad person she is and that she doesn't deserve to live any more. You then notice that she has emptied all her medication into a pile on the coffee table.

  • Policy and Legal Frameworks will be of particular use;
  • The case study project also provided a space for students who had never thought about the relationship between social work and sustainability to try out new concepts and theories;
  • You arrive at the house expecting Vicky to be ready to go, but instead she is pacing up and down, looking really distressed;
  • Sex signifies gender expression, identity, femininity, masculinity, personal pronouns, and so much more;
  • The research team became advocates in Sam's quest for housing.

You know that Vicky has obeyed her voices in the past, taking potentially fatal overdoses. When well, Vicky has very trusting relationships with all those involved in her support, especially you, but she finds it difficult to trust anyone when she is unwell.

Case Study 1

She has resolved not to go to hospital ever again. Questions What are you thinking? What is worrying you? What is the first thing you are going to do or say? How do you ensure that Vicky is kept safe and still respect her wishes and feelings? Do you have any right to intervene? All our courses will be of use in working out what to offer here, however our Social Work: Policy and Legal Frameworks will be of particular use.

Recommended reading on this course includes: Our other course Working With Complexity in Social Work 1 will also provide you with the knowledge and values to intervene helpfully. Social Work, Aug 2000; 30: Voices from the Inside.