Only a qualified occupational therapist has the knowledge, training, and experience required to evaluate and, as necessary, re-evaluate a patient’s level of function, determine whether an occupational therapy program could reasonably be expected to improve, restore, or compensate for lost function, and where appropriate, recommend to the physician a plan of treatment.
- Occupational therapists work with the Mental Health population throughout the life span and across many treatment settings where mental health services and psychiatric rehabilitation are provided.
- Just as with other clients, the OT facilitates maximum independence in activities of daily living (dressing, grooming, etc.) and instrumental activities of daily living (medication management, grocery shopping, etc.).
- OT improves functional capacity and quality of life for people with mental illness in the areas of employment, education, community living, and home and personal care through the use of real life activities in therapy treatments.
- Geriatric, Adult, Adolescents, and Children with any kind of mental illness or mental health issues.
- These conditions include but are not limited to:
- Schizophrenia, substance abuse, addiction, dementia, Alzheimer’s, mood disorders, personality disorders, psychoses, eating disorders, anxiety disorders (including post-traumatic stress disorder, separation anxiety disorder)
Typical issues that are addressed are as follows:
- Helping people acquire the skills to care for themselves or others including;
keeping a schedule, medication management, employment, education, increasing
community participation, community access (grocery store, library, bank, etc.),
money management skills, engaging in productive activities to fill the day, coping
skills, routine building, building social skills, and childcare.
- Areas that Mental Health OT's could work in are as follows;
- Mental health inpatient units
- Adolescent, adult and older people's acute mental health wards
- Adult and older people's rehabilitation wards
- Prisons/secure units
- Psychiatric intensive care unit
- Specialist units for Eating Disorders, Learning disabilities
- Community based mental health teams
- Child and adolescent mental health teams
- Adult and older people's community mental health teams
- Rehabilitation and recovery and Assertive Outreach community teams
- Primary care services in GP practices
- Home treatment teams
- Specialist learning disability, eating disorder community services
- Day services
- Vocational Services