Who Needs a Mental Health Support Worker?
Mental health support workers provide a critical service to people who live with psychiatric issues, emotional distress, and mental illness. They are trained to assess, monitor, and treat individuals who experience mental health issues.
Mental health support workers not only ease feelings of pain but also equip those struggling with skills to manage their own mental health.
Support workers offer an important source of comfort and companionship to those in need; they work to empower their clients and help them to live successful lives.
Here are a few scenarios where mental health support can play a vital role:
An adolescent dealing with bullying
The support worker can provide emotional support and counselling to the adolescent, helping them to process their feelings, work through their experiences, and build coping strategies. The support worker can also help the adolescent to develop positive relationships and social skills that may help them to better handle future interactions with peers.
Someone experiencing a sudden onset of depression
First and foremost, they can provide emotional support and understanding. It can be difficult to process a sudden onset of depression, and having an empathetic individual to talk to can make a significant difference. Support workers are trained to help individuals better understand their depression and how it affects them. They can also provide the right resources for the individual to connect with clinical and community support to better manage their depression.
A victim of domestic violence
They can provide a non-judgmental and safe listening space, help them to process their emotions, provide practical advice on dealing with the abuse they have faced, help them to explore their options and make decisions about their future, provide them with resources and referrals to other services that may be helpful, create a plan of action for them to follow, and provide emotional support through the healing process.
On a more practical level, mental health support workers can also help victims of domestic violence access necessary services such as housing, legal aid, counselling, and financial support.
Someone living with post-traumatic stress disorder
A support worker can provide emotional and psychosocial support, resources such as relaxation techniques, and help to build skills for managing PTSD symptoms. The support worker can also provide assistance with creating strategies for coping with difficult situations, and help the individual process the trauma that has occurred. They can help the individual explore and identify triggers for symptoms, developing plans for managing these events.
Finally, the support worker can offer education about PTSD, helping the individual further understand their condition and how to live well with PTSD.
At Suitsme, we specialise in helping people with their mental health. We know how to provide really good support tailored to your individual situation. Our support workers all have expertise in mental health; they are checked, screened and employed by Suitsme.
Many workers include their qualifications in their Suitsme profile, along with all their personal details so you can browse and select the workers you think will be a good match. Contact us today to find out more.