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.
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.
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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How to become a Mental Health Support Worker
- Complete a Bachelor of Nursing or Bachelor of Social Work.
- 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.
- 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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