Jobs that are changing the mental health game for the better.
1. Youth Work
If you want to make a real difference to the lives of at-risk, disadvantaged or special-needs young people in your community, youth work is a great career. As a youth worker you could be a game changer in a young persons life by helping them to solve and navigate social, emotional and financial problems.
2. Social Researcher
Interested in making a difference but are not really keen on a typical medical or psychology job? Social research might be for you. As a social researcher you'll use a range of methods such as interviews, surveys and focus groups to investigate and explore the attitudes, behaviour and experiences of population samples on specific issues. Your research may explore migration, poverty, healthcare or other social issues and could influence decisions that benefit to the community
3. Community Development Officer
Community Development aims to assist in the development of safe, active and healthy communities. Strengthening communities improves the social, economic and environmental health of the community. Community development involves working with local communities to plan for present and future needs, focusing
on people – particularly in disadvantaged communities. Community development work opportunities are usually found in Government or government-funded not-for-profit organisations.
4. Occupational Therapist
Occupational therapists ( or OTs) play a huge role in mental health, using a range of strategies to help people understand and cope their functions in every day life. Mental health OTs assist people who are struggling with adverse life circumstances, such as grief and adjustment, emotions, stress and parenting, and can help people with severe and complex mental health conditions, from anxiety to depression. OT's can assist with developmental conditions, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), or can support children with medical conditions, such as cystic fibrosis or juvenile diabetes.
5. Forensic Psychologist
A forensic psychologist works within parts of law and the criminal justice system. They can evaluate the well-being of children to weigh in on parental disputes over custody rights or assess the psychological health of criminal defendants in order to decide whether or not they can stand trial. Helping law enforcement authorities solve a wide variety of crimes, forensic psychologists aid in profiling and locating unidentified subjects, interviewing victims, and interrogating criminal suspects.