Occupational therapists working in mental health help people to achieve the everyday activities that people engage in and find meaningful. They draw on a range of psychological and occupational therapy strategies to help people understand and cope with their daily function, productivity and capacity through the prescription of graded tasks and activities.

Occupational therapists in mental health use individual and group programs/activities to enhance independence in everyday activities. An occupational therapist may help to develop coping strategies for people overcoming their mental health issues or improving confidence and self esteem in social situations.

Occupational therapists assist individuals to:

  • Develop skills to live more independently
  • Deal with stress and emotions
  • Link in with the community
  • Cope with grief and loss
  • Manage self esteem
  • Develop communication skills
  • Structure daily life