Prepare Yourself for a Career in Mental Health

April 7 marks World Health Day, a day that gives us a chance to take action on serious health topics. This year's theme is depression, a serious but preventable and treatable disease.

Depression isn't an easy subject to cover but it's something that affects around 1 million Australians per year. It's extremely important we do talk about it because in extreme cases it can lead to suicide, which is now the second leading cause of death among 15-29 year olds according to the World Health Organization.

The good news is there are ways you can help! A career in the mental health field can ultimately be very rewarding but be ready to put in the work. If you're interested in the mental health field, TAFE NSW offers a number of courses to prepare you for a variety of positions.

Certificate IV in Mental Health

This qualification is the one to have if you are serious about a career in this field. When you finish this certificate you could find work as a Community Rehabilitation and Support Worker, Mental Health Intake Officer and Mental Health Outreach Worker.

Certificate IV Mental Health Peer Work

You'll need to have experienced a mental illness as either a consumer or carer for this certificate. You can expect to be employed in the mental health sector in government, public, private or community managed services. A position as a Mental Health Outreach Worker is popular among those who finish this certificate.

Diploma of Mental Health

The Diploma of Mental Health will open a lot of doors in the health sector for you. You'll have the chance to give counselling, become a mental health advocate or provide education/health promotion services.

TAFE Statement in Mental Health First Aid

If you're interested in helping other adults who are experiencing a mental crisis or are developing a mental health problem, this statement is for you. You'll gain skills around building confidence in a crisis and recognizing symptoms.

TAFE Statement in Introduction to Mental Health and Health Conditions

If you're at a beginner level understanding of mental health and the issues surrounding it, consider this statement. You'll learn about different conditions affecting those with mental illness as well as the latest treatments for them. You'll also gain a better understanding of the referral process and community treatments.

If you're on the fence about studying this field, remember a career or even just some basic knowledge about mental health could literally save someone's life.