I'm genuinely not saying this to back up a buddy.
I had intensive support from a psychiatric social worker for about 9 month, ending last June.
I recieved that support because whilst able to attend psychiatric appointments when drugged, I was at all other times effectively house bound, and unable to engage in any other commitments. I couldn't go to a therapist - because that would involve going outside, and also interacting with another person. I was not 'engaged'. Instead, I recieved support from a social worker precisely for this reason. It was his job to re-engage me with society. It involved simply walking to the shops at times. Or going cycling. Or just having a cup of tea and cigarette.
We happened to get on. But him seeing me had nothing to do with my 'good character'. I was very ill back then. I really wasn't the same person to be around. I doubt his first impressions would have been ''Ah, this guy seems like a friendly guy with a good nature''. I think his reaction would have been ''This guy needs a fair bit of help, and it's my job to provide him that help''.
Can you see my perspective on this now?