What does a mental health worker do?
- Assess client needs and monitor their progress
- Deliver counselling and group programs
- Liaise with other community and social services
- Contribute to the development of mental health programs
What skills do I need to be a mental health worker?
- Thorough understanding of mental health issues and treatment options
- Excellent people skills
- Problem solving expertise
- An understanding of the health and social services sectors
Mental health workers have already specialised in their field, be that nursing or social work. There are, however, still some further specialisation options available, which recognise the solid skill base that mental health workers develop across their career. Mental health workers can become accredited mental health social workers, they can move into health sector management roles, and they can specialise in public health and education, to name just a few.