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Mental Health Support Worker

A rewarding career working with clients to resolve psychological issues and improve their quality of life.

What's it like to be a Mental Health Support Worker?

Mental Health Support Workers are qualified social workers and nurses who specialise in helping those with a range of mental health problems such as anxiety, depression or post-traumatic stress disorder.

Mental Health Support Worker

Tasks and duties

  • Assessing client needs.
  • Monitoring client progress.
  • Delivering counselling (to individuals or groups).
  • Liaising with other community groups and social services.
  • Referring clients to other support groups and social services.
  • Contributing to developing new services and mental health programs.
  • Maintaining client records.
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Mental Health Support Workers deliver counselling and refer patients to other social services programs.

What can I earn as a Mental Health Support Worker?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for a Mental Health Support Worker is between $65k and $75k
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How to become a Mental Health Support Worker


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Mental Health Support Workers in Australia must complete either a bachelor degree in nursing or a bachelor degree in social work. They also need to complete work experience and additional study that focuses on mental health.

  1. Complete a Bachelor of Nursing or Bachelor of Social Work.
  2. Social Workers should apply to the professional representative body of social workers in Australia, the Australian Association of Social Workers, while nurses must apply to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.
  3. Complete further study in mental health such as a certificate or diploma level qualification in mental health or undergraduate or postgraduate study focusing on mental health.

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How do Mental Health Support Workers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 14 Mental Health Support Workers surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
4.0
Job satisfaction
4.4
Career progression opportunities
4.1
Job security
3.9
Pay / Salary
3.9
Variety of work
4.1

Latest reviews

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Nov 2018
Working with clients with a mental health illness is one of the most rewarding things I have done. Job satisfaction is more important to me now at this stage of my life than money.
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Social Work
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Support Worker NDIS
The good things
I find my role rewarding because one of the most important aspects are empowerment and encouraging independence. My current role is one on one and I have seen my client achieve so many of her goals. ...
The challenges
One of the most challenging aspects of my role is to find an organisation that supports NDIS clients with a mental illness that is committed to the empowerment of clients, not making decisions that s...
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Oct 2018
Mental Health is an awesome and evolving field.
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Community Services
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Mental Health
The good things
Flexibility and family friendly. Capacity to support vulnerable people. Autonomous and provides diverse job opportunities.
The challenges
Burn out and can lead to stress and poor mental health without the right supervision and debriefing.
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Working hours for Mental Health Support Workers

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Weekends
Shift work
Late nights
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Source: SEEK Role Reviews from 11 Mental Health Support Workers

What are the job opportunities for Mental Health Support Workers?

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Job opportunities

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Projected job growthAlert

National increase over next 5 years *
29.3%
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