Why work as a Mental Health Worker?
Do you want to make a real difference in the lives of people who suffer from mental health issues?
If you have a caring and supportive nature, good communication skills and an ability to relate to a diverse range of people from a wide range of backgrounds, then the mental health sector might offer you the career opportunities you seek.
As a mental health worker you will be responsible for providing support and services to individuals and their families, which may include individual or group counselling, early intervention strategies, advocacy, and assistance with daily activities. A career in the mental health industry can be very rewarding, offering an occupation where you make significant differences in the lives of your patients.
Job roles in the mental health sector include the following:
- Mental Health Worker
- Community Support Worker
- Mental Health Outreach Worker
- Mental Health Rehabilitation Support Worker
Compassion, empathy and a desire to help others overcome their mental health problems, empowering them to live their best lives are all qualities that will stand you in good stead as a professional within the mental health industry.
At National College Australia (NCA), we provide an entry level Certificate IV in Mental Health – CHC43315 that will give you the skills and knowledge to carve your own career as a professional within this sector.
1. What does a mental health worker do?
A mental health worker has a diverse set of roles that essentially culminates in helping people who are suffering from mental health conditions to ease the burden of their condition. You may provide basic daily care to individuals, assist them with their daily activities, monitor their condition and assist in administering therapeutic care.
Working under the guidance of a registered nurse, you may manage group programs that focus on managing behavioural issues, collaborate with other allied health workers and health professionals to identify specific issues faced by individual patients and develop treatment plans and strategies to best meet the individual’s needs.If you have excellent interpersonal skills and an innate ability to problem solve and deescalate crisis situations, a career as a mental health worker will give you many opportunities to advance within your chosen field.
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2. Where does a mental health worker find employment?
A mental health worker usually works in a psychiatric hospital or a residential mental health facility, but they can also be employed in the community as a vital member of an allied health team. The Certificate IV in Mental Health – CHC43315 can be the stepping stone to a long and successful career that may include a degree in psychology, psychiatry or counselling. A qualification in mental health offers a variety of career opportunities across Australia, from cities and towns to rural and remote areas, allowing you to work in many diverse locations.
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3. A day in the life of a Mental Health Worker
As a mental health worker, no day is the same as another!
You might help an individual who lives in the community to attend a hospital appointment, manage a group therapy session that address a specific type of behavioural problem or provide emotional support to another patient who is experiencing a relapse.
You may attend a multi-disciplinary team meeting with other care workers to discuss a patient’s progress and whether their treatment plan needs to be altered to accommodate a new risk assessment; you may spend time providing emotional support to a patient who is suffering from depression and has problems getting out of bed and participating meaningfully in their daily life.
The life of a mental health worker is many and varied, but it’s also extremely rewarding and self-fulfilling!
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4. Benefits of becoming a mental health worker
Working within the mental health sector provides a range of career opportunities with many people specialising in specific types of clients or disorders. You may decide to specialise in aged care or substance abuse for example, but regardless of your speciality, there are many rewarding opportunities to consider.
So if you want a life changing career where you can enhance the lives of your patients for the better, whilst also doing something you love, then a career as a mental health worker may just be the role for you.
Other Mental Health Courses you may be interested in:
Diploma of Mental Health – CHC53315
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