In an era when social workers across the country are struggling to keep their heads above water, Northside Social Worker’s Association (NSWA) leader David Miller is still in his job.
“It’s not that the job is easy, it’s just that it’s not the easy job we were hoping for,” he said.
“It just feels like we’re not getting the recognition that we deserve.”
Mr Miller said the state had seen a surge in cases of suicide and the need to ensure there was an extra layer of support available to social workers.
“When we talk about suicide, it has to be viewed in the broader context of our work and what is needed in the community to support those who are vulnerable,” he told ABC Radio Brisbane.
“I think that there’s been an increased focus on suicide prevention.”
There’s been a real shift in the way that we’ve approached suicide prevention in the past few years and I think it’s really important to be able to recognise that and have that support available for our colleagues as well.
“Mr Parker’s family are also struggling to support his carers and his own mental health.”
But Ms Parker said the family would still be able support Mr Parker in his time of need.””
[The social worker] just made me feel like I’m not a priority, that I’m only a number and I don’t matter.”
But Ms Parker said the family would still be able support Mr Parker in his time of need.
“We’ll still be there, but he’ll be there,” she said.
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