Who do you see?

People who have a mental health illness and require support within their lives

What do you do?

Help people with a mental illness to complete activities of meaning within their lives. We work with the person to identify their needs that best supports their recovery and functioning. This includes: living and home management skills, prevocational and vocational skills, community engagement, access and supports, leisure and recreational activities, psychoeducational and coping skills and goal setting.

Where do you do it?

  • acute mental health care (hospital and community);
  • rehabilitation services;
  • private and non-government services
  • mental health promotion programs (i.e. schools and workplaces).

Occupational therapists can work with people individually or in a group setting.

Case Example:

Jessica is a 32-year-old lady with a diagnosis of Bipolar Affective Disorder. Jessica is completing a degree in teaching however is having difficulty managing her studies. Jessica is also having difficulty managing tasks within the home (cooking, cleaning, laundry) and relies on her boyfriend who is very supportive. Effects of her mental health condition include elevated mood and energy, reduced judgement, racing thoughts and erratic behaviour. The occupational therapist completes an initial interview to assess Jessica’s functioning, and to identify areas of importance for goal setting. A functional assessment (i.e. cooking) in the home environment was also completed to assess the effect it is having of Jessica’s ability to complete tasks. The occupational therapist works with Jessica to develop healthy lifestyle skills and routines such as sleep, regular exercise, healthy eating and monitoring of symptoms to assist Jessica to develop self-management skills in order to manage her condition. The occupational therapists also work with Jessica to develop a weekly routine that incorporates activities that gives her a sense of purpose and meaning to help with her recovery.

How can I find out more?

Please contact the WA Occupational Therapy Association if you would like further information – info@waota.com.au