M.A (SW), Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, Don Bosco College, Dharmapuri
Mental health is one of the most important factors in an individual’s life. It is interlinked with all other aspects such as an individual’s physical and emotional health, work life, relationships etc. Any disruptions in one of these aspects can affect all the other factors. It refers to the condition of being mentally and emotionally sound that is characterized by the absence of any mental illness and by adequate adjustment especially as reflected in feeling comfortable about oneself, positive feelings about others, and the ability to meet the demands of daily life (Merriam-Webster 1828).With the present situation of Covid-19 it has taken a toll on most of our mental health. In context of the present situation with shortage of adequate medical utilities, massive spike in Covid-19 cases around the country, as well as the mismanagement of the government regarding this situation, social work professionals along with other professionals have been working continuously to help the people who are in desperate need of help. The amount of work and commitment that this period demands especially in the part of a social work profession can affect their mental health to a great extent resulting in compassion fatigue which in itself is a factor for burnouts making them emotionally drained and helpless. Therefore this study aims to examine the mental health status of the Social Workers working during this pandemic crisis. For this study, the researcher used descriptive and quantitative research method. 50 samples for the study were collected through convenient sampling method. This study will help us to understand mental health aspect of social workers which in turn help us to know more about the difficulties faced by people who are helping and supporting others.