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The demand for Mental Health Professionals in a very stressful world

by Lisa Matlin
Posted: March 29, 2022

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            17.2% of the Australian population filled a prescription for a mental health related medication in 2019-2020.  That’s 4.4 million of us. With labour shortages, the soaring cost of fuel and housing, floods, (and not to mention the pandemic) it’s no wonder we’re all stressed and overwhelmed. Not surprisingly, the demand for mental health professionals is increasing. So, if there’s ever been a time to help people, it’s right now.

Fortunately, at Open Colleges, we offer a range of flexible mental health courses. Get qualified and gain the skills needed to help people struggling with mental health issues today. Please keep reading to find out more.

If you need help right now

Firstly, if you are struggling with mental health issues and need emergency help, please contact one of the following: 

beyondblue on 1300 22 4636

Lifeline on 13 11 14

Headspace on 1800 650 890

Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467

Don’t ever hesitate to reach out for help. We’re living in unprecedented times, and it’s very hard to feel safe, or in control, when the world around us is in such turmoil.

Why should I study a mental health course?

Studying mental health will teach you essentials skills on how to support those in crisis. Become part of the solution by learning the tools to promote recovery and provide assistance to those who need it most.

You will unlock a wide range of career opportunities, as well as learning transferrable skills, including time management, communication, and the ability to work independently and take initiative.

Plus, as you learn more about mental health and how it impacts a person’s well-being, you may even find yourself developing more empathy and compassion. It can be a great chance to grow, reach your full potential, and help yourself while helping others.

The shortage of mental health workers

Many people in need are having trouble accessing help due to a shortage of mental health professionals. In fact, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) president, Dr Karen Price, said, “some patients were unable to get an appointment with a psychiatrist, with one in three psychologists closing their books to new patients.” 

Other patients are reporting waiting times of up to six months for an appointment.

How do I become a mental health worker?

At Open Colleges, we are proud to offer these nationally recognised courses.

 CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health

This popular certificate is a combination of online study and a structured work placement. You will graduate ready for a career as a Support Worker or Mental Health Worker in a variety of community settings.

CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling

Upon completion of the counselling course, you will be job-ready and fully qualified for a career as a professional Counsellor.

CHC43215 Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs and CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health

Learn the knowledge and skills to provide recovery-oriented support, and other services, to clients struggling with alcohol, mental health, and other drug issues.

CHC50413 Diploma of Youth Work

The Diploma of Youth Work is the preferred industry qualification for the youth services industry in Australia. We will teach you how to identify young people at risk, and how to address legal and ethical issues. You’ll also receive basic training counselling, and how to work with individuals struggling with mental health issues.

What does a mental health worker do?

A Mental Health Worker’s primary role is to support and help people living with mental illness, substance use disorders, and other social problems.

There are many different roles available for people working in the mental health sector. Some of these roles are:

  • Community Rehabilitation Worker
  • Case Worker
  • Community Support Worker
  • Mental Health Outreach Worker
  • Drug and Alcohol Worker
  • Psychologist
  • Mental Health Nurse

If you feel a calling towards helping people who are struggling with mental health issues, please feel free to talk to our friendly enrolment consultants. Our consultants have industry specific knowledge and a wealth of information they’re happy to share with you. We also offer live chat if you don’t feel like talking on the phone.

Help people on the road towards recovery and enrol with Open Colleges today.


Lisa Matlin

Lisa Matlin is the Content and Copywriter Specialist for Open Colleges. She’s worked as a freelance writer, proofreader, and is signed to a literary agency as an author. When Lisa isn’t writing for OC, she’s probably reading, or patting other people’s dogs.

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