Occupational therapists in mental health use individual and group programs and activities to enhance participation in the occupations of everyday life – looking after oneself, working, and engaging in leisure and social pursuits. For example, an occupational therapist may work with consumers to develop specific strategies to enable participation in social activities.

Occupational therapists can help individuals to:

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