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Understanding Mental Health Occupational Therapy

Mental health occupational therapy (OT) is a specialised area that helps people with mental health challenges lead meaningful lives. It focuses on how activities can improve mental well-being.

Occupational therapy (OT) is a health profession that helps people of all ages do what they need and want to do through daily activities. OTs enable people to take part in self-care, work, education, leisure, and social activities, even with limitations from illness, injury, or disability.

In mental health OT, therapists work with individuals to identify meaningful activities that promote mental health. They also help develop strategies to engage in these activities.

Key principles of mental health OT include a holistic approach, considering the whole person; client-centred care, tailoring treatment plans to each individual; focusing on meaningful activities; skill development; environmental adaptations; and collaboration with other healthcare professionals.

Common interventions in mental health OT include activity analysis, modifying activities, teaching cognitive-behavioural strategies, social skills training, and addressing sensory processing difficulties.

Benefits of mental health OT include improved quality of life, enhanced independence, increased social participation, and better coping skills.

In conclusion, mental health OT offers a holistic and person-centred approach to supporting individuals with mental health challenges, empowering them to lead fulfilling lives despite their conditions.

For more information on Occupational Therapy at Gen Health, please click here.

*Please note Mental Health OT at Gen Health is not a crisis support service. If you or someone you know requires urgent mental health support, please contact the area mental health service, South West Healthcare on 1800 808 284.

If you or someone you know is at immediate risk of harm, call Triple Zero (000).

24/7 support options include:

Lifeline: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636

MensLine Australia: 1300 78 99 78

13 YARN: 13 92 76

Suicide call back Service: 1300 659 467

Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800

Open Arms: 1800 011 046


All information is general and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice.


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