You love connecting with people and want a career where you can make a real difference. Now, learn the essential skills required to help people engaging meaningfully with all aspects of society by studying a mental health course.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, one in five Australians experiences poor mental health, but only a third of those people seek assistance. With figured predicted to rise, there’s a clear need for skilled professionals to bridge the gap and connect with people, to ensure all Australians are living the vibrant, fulfilling lives they deserve.
If you’re empathetic, enjoy listening, and want to use your career to make a difference in the lives of other people, a career in mental health is for you.
You may pursue a career in mental health by studying a psychology course or a counselling or social work course as a certificate or diploma course or as a bachelor’s or master’s degree. While counsellors, social workers and youth workers use the same cognitive and behavioural tools in their work as psychologists do, they do not undergo the same rigorous training and regulation as registered psychologists and psychiatrists.
After completing a mental health course, you may choose to train further in order to qualify as a psychologist or psychiatrist, or may work as a youth worker, social worker, school counsellor, drug and alcohol counsellor, family counsellor or welfare worker.
Working in similar ways to psychologists, mental health workers offer support and assistance to people suffering emotional distress, and provide people with practical tools and information to work through issues in their lives, careers and relationships. If you want to channel your natural empathy and kind ear into a rewarding and in-demand career, studying a mental health course is your next career step.