This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, with World Mental Health Day taking place on the 10th October.
The focus on Mental Health in the UK has grown exponentially in the last few years, and rightly so! The government, the NHS, charities, businesses, and education providers are responding by investing more and more in time, resources, research and funding. Yet underneath it all, there is still a huge demand for those working in and providing mental health and wellbeing services, with one in four adults and one in ten children experiencing mental illness.
With all that pressure, we wanted to find out ‘why work in mental health?’
We’ve asked some of the speakers for our Explore Careers in Mental Health* event why they work in mental health and what they most enjoy about it. Here’s what they had to say…
Why do you work in the mental health field and what do you enjoy about it?
“I am interested in mind-body connection and the interplay between our physical and mental health. As a clinical psychologist, I am trained to work with people to support their mental health and I chose to specialise in the area of chronic physical illness. This has enabled me to help bridge the gap between physical and mental health. I enjoy working with medical teams and patients and exploring the impact that physical health has on emotional well-being and visa versa. I love that I can work directly to improve the well-being of patients through therapy and also indirectly by consultation and training of other professionals.” — Naomi Middleton, Clinical Psychologist, Gastroenterology, Pelvic Floor and Chronic Pain services.
“As PWPs, we both enjoy working in mental health because no day is ever the same; whether you are running a group, out in the community, or delivering one to one treatment sessions. The job will always keep you on your toes and you will never stop learning. Most importantly, supporting an individual to make positive change in their life is truly rewarding and it makes all the hard work worth it!” –- Hayley Scott & Charlotte Allard, Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners and Clinical Educators, Charlie Waller Institute, University of Reading
“What I find really rewarding about being a mental health social worker is that you get to work with people to give them a voice and to ensure that they feel empowered in their own lives. You get to support people to create real change – whether that’s to do with housing, benefits, friendships or just feeling confident enough to go on a bus or sit in a coffee shop. To me it’s a real privilege being able to support people in that way.” –- Think Ahead programme participant.
It would seem, the mental health field is a highly interesting and rewarding choice for a future career and it will be even more important in the next few years.
*You too can explore careers in mental health with us on the 24 October, 18:00 – 20:00 in Palmer 1.09. Book here. If the event is fully booked please add your name to the waiting list, we usually get cancellations and if there is a high demand we will source a larger venue.
You might want to check out this article, written by David Murphy, President of the BPS: https://www.bps.org.uk/blogs/presidential-blog/world-mental-health-day