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Mental Health Worker

What qualifications do you need to be a mental health worker? 

If you want to become a mental health worker, you'll ideally have some experience working in the sector as well as have the relevant qualifications to carry out your duties. Since the sector needs highly skilled workers, you'll ideally need a certificate-level qualification. You may choose to do further study and undertake a bachelor's degree in social work that can help you undertake roles in the mental health sector.

Upskilled has an online course in mental health that can give you the skills needed to carry out work as a mental health worker. With the course being delivered online, you'll have the opportunity to balance out your work and personal commitments. You'll also gain some practical experience through work placement in your chosen host organisation, helping you prepare for real-work scenarios in mental health.  
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  • What is it like to work in mental health?

    The rise in mental health issues in Australia has pushed the government to supply more funding towards mental health services, particularly for those in the vulnerable communities. There is a high demand for skilled workers in the sector due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic as Australians have faced hardships regarding their employment and health. 

    Mental health provides opportunities for those that are passionate about helping vulnerable communities with their mental health issues, so being resilient and a strong emotional support for people are great qualities to have in the sector. 

    Many people who work in mental health work in the following areas:
    • Counselling
    • Social Services
    • Alcohol and Drug Addiction
    • Community Support
  • Why should you work in mental health?

    • You have the opportunity to help people: If you enjoy helping people, then starting a career in mental health may be for you. You'll be helping people who are struggling through mental health issues, providing them with the assistance to manage these conditions. 
    • It's interesting work: If you're fascinated by how the human brain works as well as psychology, then working as a mental health worker can help you understand the importance of wellness and how people can improve their wellbeing from distressing situations.
    • You're giving back to the community: Mental health issues have become more prominent since the COVID-19 pandemic and people are needing assistance when it comes to their wellbeing. By working in mental health, you give yourself the opportunity to give back to the community by supporting those that may be vulnerable and going through extenuating circumstances. 
    • You learn new things: Mental health is an exciting career path as it's an industry that evolves due to new research and findings. Plenty of experts in the field are always looking for new treatments to ensure that people experiencing mental health issues are getting the best care they need. 
  • What career outcomes can you achieve in mental health?

    Depending on your career goals and what you have in mind, mental health is a sector that offers plenty of opportunity for growth. If you're someone that strongly empathises with people who have mental health issues and want to help them, starting off your career as a mental health support worker can be a good place to start.

    Ideally most mental health professionals need to hold a bachelor's degree but those entering the sector can still gain entry-level employment through vocational education and training (VET). The following job roles can be pursued if you intend on working in the mental health field - some roles may require further study and qualifications:
    • Mental health support worker
    • Clinical psychologist
    • Counsellor
    • Drugs and alcohol support worker
    • Mental health nurse
    • Community support worker
  • What are the employment prospects in mental health?

    If you're passionate about mental health and intend on working in the field, you may want to know the employment prospects when entering the workforce. Mental health has a wide range of job opportunities you can pursue and depending on your career goals, you can choose specialisations in psychology or another related field.

    Below are some interesting facts and figures about the employment prospects in mental health:
    • Welfare support workers typically undergo vocational training in behavioural science, human welfare or community services. This is a common study pathway.
    • The employment prospects for Welfare support workers are very strong.
    • The average weekly pay for Welfare support workers is $1,328.
  • Is mental health the right career path for you?

    Working in mental health is a rewarding profession because you get the opportunity to help those that are struggling with their mental health issues. There is also plenty of career growth if you intend on pursuing a specialisation that allows you to do further study. This can be through a university or other tertiary institute.

    Below are some signs that indicate that a career in mental health may be for you:
    • You understand the importance of mental health
    • You have an open-mind
    • You're compassionate and empathetic
    • You're a team player
    • You're naturally hardworking
  • Why should you study mental health?

    There are plenty of benefits that come with studying mental health. Firstly, it equips you with the relevant skills and knowledge, and it can also prepare you to work in the sector. By studying mental health, you also give yourself the opportunity to gain skills when working with individuals who are at-risk, as well as being able to recognise and respond to crisis situations. 

    By studying mental health with Upskilled, you'll have access to:
    • Student Support Services: Our consultants will be ready to assist should you run into issues throughout your studies.
    • Work Placement: You'll have the opportunity to undertake work placement at a host organisation of your choice, where you can put the theory you learn into practice.
    • Role-Playing and Interactive Learning Activities: Our specialist trainers may run ad-hoc Interactive Learning Activities in support of your studies. During these sessions, you'll have the opportunity to collaborate with other students. Upskilled's mental health course also includes assessments that involve role-playing, making them interactive and fun. You'll get the opportunity to round up your colleagues, family or friends and participate in work-based scenarios that can prepare you for a range of situations in mental health.
  • How do I become a mental health worker in Australia?

    To become a mental health worker, you'll need to have the relevant qualifications and skill set to be able to carry out responsibilities in the space. By completing a certificate-level qualification in mental health, this can be key in finding work as a mental health worker at an entry-level.

    Being such a hands-on sector to work in, it's encouraged that you explore opportunities that will allow you to gain practical experience, too. Upskilled has a work placement component for the mental health certificate, as well as interactive learning activities that can help you prepare for the role of mental health worker.

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