Consider a career in mental health

The mental health field is growing rapidly, with many career paths and educational opportunities. Learn about how to get involved and become qualified to start, or diversify your career in mental health.

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A career in mental health offers a diverse range of opportunities. It can be incredibly rewarding, with different roles and work environments to suit different skillsets and training.

There is no one type of person suited to a career in mental health, and there is demand for people from all backgrounds and qualifications. A mental health professional can be:

  • a peer support worker helping patients recovering from addiction using their with lived experience of mental ill-health
  • a clinical psychiatrist working in an emergency hospital setting, using their professional training to diagnose and treat mental health
  • a counsellor offering guidance and support through conversation and development of problem-solving skills.

All mental health professionals are likely to have a profound effect on the lives of the people they treat. 

Read more about the types of training required and career pathways for each of these professions.

Discover how to get involved and become qualified to start your mental health career.

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