What do they do?
There are other allied health professionals that can help people with a mental illness. Two of the most common include Social Workers and Occupational Therapists.
Mental Health Social Workers help individuals to resolve psychological difficulties, associated social and other environmental problems, and improve their quality of life. Social workers recognise the broader implications for an individual living with a mental illness and the impact on friends, family, work and education.
Occupational Therapists assess and treat people who, due to illness or injury, are limited in their ability to undertake everyday activities. They assist people to regain lost functions, develop their abilities and social skills, as well as maintain and promote independence in their everyday lives to enhance health and wellbeing.
How can they help?
A Social Worker can provide therapy, casework, advocacy, mediation or group-work to individuals, couples, or families, to address difficulties associated with mental illness. They also provide people with information about services that can assist them (jobs guide).
An Occupational Therapist can conduct tests to assess functional, psychological, and physical capabilities. They plan therapeutic programmes for individuals and design activities that can improve affected functions, help individuals to regain personal care skills, and assist people to gain or regain skills in social, leisure and work environments through graded individual or group therapy and activity programmes (Jobs Guide).