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Think Ahead Public Perceptions of Mental Health Social Workers Survey

Survey of GB adults on behalf of Think Ahead on their perceptions of social workers as providers of mental health.

  • Only two in five (41%) British adults think of social workers as important providers of mental health support – whereas 69% identify psychiatrists and 65% identified GPs.
  • Only a third of people know that social workers are usually involved in deciding whether someone should be detained under the Mental Health Act (33%), or that they often give evidence in legal proceedings (33%), and just less than half know that they can help to find accommodation (47%), get funding for people in financial difficulty (43%), or provide talking therapies (48%) as part of their core role.
  • Over a quarter of British adults mistakenly think that mental health social workers provide personal care like washing and dressing (27%) or do household jobs like cooking and cleaning (29%), and three in ten (30%) think that they provide childcare.

Date Published: 16/03/2017

Categories: Health | Public and communities | Social

Client: Think Ahead


ComRes interviewed 2,033 British adults online between 3-5 March 2017. The sample was split into sample A (1,010 respondents) and sample B (1,023 respondents) for some questions. Data was weighted to be representation of all adults in Great Britain aged 18+ by age, gender and region.

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