Mental health professionals are needed all year round
Statistically, one in four adults suffers from mental illness in any given year. Mental health professionals are expecting an increase in people seeking help for mental health issues in the coming weeks following the highly stressful year that has been due to COVID-19 and given that the Festive season can be a difficult time for many.
With these statistics in mind, there’s an even bigger issue facing those who suffer from mental health. There simply aren’t enough mental health resources to go around, meaning those who need help often fail to get it. At a time when people are encouraged to reach out and seek help, the question remains, will they be able to find what they need?
The lack of mental health professionals, and the increasing need for these skilled workers, is something you may consider when choosing a career path.
Are you ready to become a shining light for someone battling the darkness of mental illness?
A career in mental health may be for you if you see yourself as a helper. It is a role that requires a high level of patience, a caring nature, effective emotional support skills, and a real desire to make a difference in someone’s life. You may choose this path because you enjoy working with people, or you find psychology and human behaviour interesting. Whatever your reason, you’ll know that a career in mental health services makes a practical and important difference in the community, and can be highly rewarding and satisfying.
What role is waiting for you?
The role of a Mental Health Care Worker is vast. There are several pathways you can choose in your mental health career. Some examples are:
- Mental Health Counsellor – work with patients to help them deal with mental health problems such as depression, grief, and anxiety.
- Mental Health Social Worker – provides information and support to help patients manage their mental health problems.
- Addiction counsellor – treat patients in individual or group settings to identify issues and establish a treatment plan.
- Clinical psychologist – diagnose and treat individuals suffering from mental or behavioural disorders.
- Mental Health Psychiatrist – diagnose and prescribe medications where relevant to patients suffering from emotional and behavioural health problems.
How to get started
If you feel a career in mental health would suit you, the first step is to obtain qualifications. TrainSmart offers several courses that will qualify you for a career in mental health services.
Courses in mental health will equip you with knowledge and practical skills to assist and lead people affected by mental illness to get their lives back on track. Counselling courses will teach you how to help people lead a happier life to reach their full potential. Other courses include training for a career in counselling for alcohol and other drugs, social work, and youth services.
If you are ready to make a difference in people’s lives, consider a career in Mental Health Services. Visit TrainSmart website to find out more information about our Mental Health courses.