A guest post by Ms Louise Hesketh, an OT student at the University of Salford in the UK
When I found out that I was going on a five week placement to a community mental health team I had mixed feelings. I was pleased as my placements so far had been in physical health in hospital settings. However, and I feel embarrassed to say this, I was uneasy. When I went to meet with my educator I asked questions regarding safety and I was met with the response that this client group are more at risk from themselves and others than they are to us. I left the office questioning my understanding of those with severe and enduring mental health conditions as potentially dangerous, wondering where this cliché had been constructed from and hoping that the next five weeks would quash it. Continue reading
A guest post by Ms Jen Roberts, an OT student at the University of Salford in the UK
I have been asked to write about my student experience whilst on a mental health placement. First of all, I have only had five weeks experience so I’ll try to give you all a descriptive and informative representation as much as I can in the short time I was there. Continue reading
Here is a list of current 4 OT Groups:
- OT4OT: A group to discuss the use of online technology in occupational therapy, set up by Karen Jacobs on behalf of the OT4OT group
- MH4OT: A group for OTs interested in mental health, set up by Brock Cook
- ET4OT: A group for OTs interested in education theory, set up by Kirsty Stanley
- OS4OT: A group for OTs interested in Occupational Science, set up by Kirsty Stanley
- AT4OT: A group for OTs interested in assistive technology, set up by Anita Hamilton
- Ergo4OT: A group for OTs interested in ergonomics, set up by Linda Miller and Julie Dorsey
- Politics4OT: A group for OTs interested in taking political action and advocacy, set up by Anita Hamilton during World OT Day 2011
- ONC4OT: A group for OTs interested in oncology (cancer), set up by Anita Hamilton during World OT Day 2011
- Geri4OT: A group for OTs interested in older adults, set up by Chan Vicky
- Pain4OT: A group for OTs interested in pain, set up by Bronnie Thompson
- Neuro4OT: A group for OTs interested in neurology, set up by Adriansyah Ranggapasha
- LD4OT: A group for OTs interested in Learning Disabilites, set up by Andrea Powell
- Pedi4OT: A group for OTs interested in paediatrics, set up by Adriansyah Ranggapasha
- CPD4OT: A group for OTs interested in CPD, set up by Kirsty Stanley
- Humour4OT: A group for Laughter and Fun
- Role-emerging4OT: A group for all things non-trad and role emerging in OT
- HomeMods4OT: A group for OTs involved in Home Modifications to Network
As you may have found out, I’ve recently been given the honour of helping Brock with the world of MH4OT – something I readily jumped at when offered, however haven’t really had the opportunity until now to sit down and work on (for a variety of different reasons). HOWEVER, that’s all about to change!
To kick things off, I first wanted to do a quick entry to introduce myself and give you guys a little insight into the world that is Rhiannon. I graduated as an Occupational Therapist from the University of Queensland in 2008. Owing to various circumstances, I didn’t actually start work as an OT straight away after I finished uni, and instead ended up working in the Real Estate industry for about a year after graduating (and detested every minute of it!). After a very long and drawn out 12 months, I finally got my first job as an OT working for a private company in Brisbane in the Occupational Rehabilitation industry. Although I am very thankful for my experience in the area I never really felt as though I belonged there, and to be honest never really enjoyed my job. The experience was fantastic and I learnt SO much in the time that I was there, but my heart was never really into it. Since my last Prac Placement in uni, I’ve always had the desire to work in Mental Health. To this day I don’t know why and can’t explain it – I just always knew that that’s the area I wanted to work in.
As fate would have it, after 18 months working in the Occ Rehab sector I eventually moved on, and in December 2011 took on a Locum Position working in the Mental Health area. The facility that I work in provides rehabilitation services for people with chronic mental health issues who at the current time aren’t able to live unsupported in the community, or who require extended support and rehabilitation before returning to independent living. From the second I walked through that door on my first day of work I LOVED IT and have never looked back since.
As you can see, I am still only very new to the Mental Health area, and while it’s been a challenging 9 months, I have loved every minute of it, and now remember why even as a student on Prac Placement – I knew I wanted to work in Mental Health. While Brock has significantly more experience under his belt with working in Mental Health, I hope to bring a new dynamic to the MH4OT team – looking at things from a ‘new starter’ perspective, and giving as much help and advice as I can for those starting work in the Mental Health area. I hope to share stories along the way (both the great and not so great!), along with tips and advice where I can. Overall, I hope that we can all grow together as clinicians and help each other out as needed. After all, it takes a special kind of person to work in Mental Health and I think we should always be celebrating and promoting the amazing role that we Occupational Therapists have in this diverse and interesting area.
Until next time folks,
In the interest maintaining a healthy work/life balance we are welcoming a new contributing member to the MH4OT team!
Ladies and Gents please give a loud round of applause to:
!!! Rhiannon Mee !!!
I’m sure she’ll introduce herself mo re very soon but in the meantime get excited about new awesome content!
Feel free to add her on FB & Linkedin 🙂
I’m very excited that I will be presenting at the OT4OT OT24VX virtual conference this year all about the development of MH4OT and its effect on my worklife balance! Click the pic for the outline and my bio!
Also click >>HERE<< to check out the test of the lineup for OT24VX 2012!!
It was mentioned in a previous post but the update to the OTs Blogs & Social Media Update page has been completed….for now. There are plenty more amazing OT’s on twitter and fb that I would love to add to this page in the coming months. If you have someone in particular you would like to see up there then leave a comment and let us know 🙂
For now click the picture and check out the list!