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Mental Health Support Worker


You will work with adults and young people with mental health problems or a learning disability. By offering practical support and advice, you are improving people’s lives across the local community.

Duties can include:

  • Helping people manage a variety of issues affecting their ability to live their lives
  • Building relationships and planning a programme of support
  • Working with their families and friends
  • Referring them to other agencies that can help
  • Recording information and updating records.


You will need to be willing to work with people with challenging behaviour and able to motivate people to make changes in their lives. Understanding of people with mental health issues is essential as is being flexible and adaptable to deal with unpredictable situations.


Although no formal experience is required, related voluntary or informal experience (this could be from your personal circumstances – looking after someone with mental health issues or dealing with your own mental health issues) will support your application.

Employers may ask for a qualification in healthcare and/or relevant experience. Employers expect good literacy, numeracy and IT skills and may ask for GCSEs (or equivalent) in English and Maths. Employers often want to see that you have experience of mental health services. You could also enter through a Level 2 Apprenticeship in Mental Health.

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