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Sep 1, 2014

Anonymous said: I'm interested in a career in mental health/social services (and suicide prevention). Can you talk a little about that please? Thanks!!

sure! If you want to work with mental health and suicide prevention, first decide which road you want to take- medical vs. social services. 

medical: medical doctor, psychiatrist, psychologist, psychiatric nurse, researcher etc etc.

pros:

  • more autonomy on what you want to do, you get to choose your speciality and research. you have the ability (with MD and psychiatrist) to prescribe medication. you work with the “science” side of suicide prevention
  • you get paid a lot more

cons:

  • a lot more schooling, for certain professions you might need up to 8 years of higher education (after undergraduate), the lowest amount tends to be 2 additional years (after undergraduate). for the most part: medical career- get your PhD to be taken seriously
  • less one on one interaction with people. a large part of these careers is research and science based. psychiatrists and psychologists have the ability to diagnose mental illnesses but don’t usually provide ongoing counseling. 

social services: social worker, DSS worker, community organizer, non-profit worker, counselor, etc etc. 

pros:

  • be a super awesome Social Worker like me, okay really- it’s a great field because everyone is SO nice. you’ll be working with amazing people doing amazing, fulfilling things. 
  • work closely with people. this is a must! you absolutely cannot get around it, you’ll be with clients A LOT. 
  • not as much school… for a Social Worker or CO, plan on getting your Masters Degree (after undergrad, 2 years). 

cons:

  • hard, hard work. working one on one with people for so long is tough, the social service professionals are some of the most stressful and have the highest burn-out rates. this can be combatted with strict self-care but it’s difficult, definitely
  • not as much money, it’s true. there isn’t much money unless you go into private practice for therapy. 
  • not as much freedom, because you aren’t a Doctor, you can’t diagnose anyone or prescribe medicine for them. you can, however, work closely with their GP or psychiatrist. 

as for suicide prevention, you can either go the individual route and focus on therapy or you can go the organizational route and focus on working for non-profit organizations. 

Sep 1, 2014 / 2 notes

Anonymous said: I've been real depressed and I've tried counseling, antidepressants, and crises calls, but they just don't seem to work. It's hard to keep going when all you can see is bad stuff. I'm just at the end of my rope and. I don't know what to do.

try a different counselor, a different medication, a different crisis call. try every single one you can find until something sticks because, eventually, something WILL stick. 

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Anonymous said: I'm muslim and I wear a headscarf. I've ventured into counselling centres, hospitals and been sent to emergency rooms at the worst of times, but I never see anyone who looks like me, and I'm not sure if I can be mentally ill when I don't look like a mentally ill person. I'm never sure how what I'm saying will come across, if people will be disgusted, if I don't sound very credible, if people will think it's all because I am brainwashed and stupid.

woah, woah- I know a lot of Mental Health Professionals who identify as Muslim. They practice their faith (including wearing a headscarf) and are respected in the field. Mental Health Professionals are not supposed to judge- we take a lot of time to learn how not to judge people. 

I think that we, as a society, need to challenge what a “mentally ill person” looks like. I hear what you’re saying and I totally agree- having a preconceived notion of what illness should look like really isolates a lot of people. Anyone can be mentally ill, anyone can need help. Have you gone to PsychologyToday? It’s a website that has a search feature where you can see therapists and counselors in your area and browse their profiles. You can even email them and ask about their experience. Maybe you can go on some profiles and see if you see anyone who wears a headscarf or works with people of your faith exclusively. They exist, it just takes a little while to find them.

We aren’t judging you, we don’t think you’re brainwashed. Personally, I think it takes an exceptionally strong person to wear their faith openly in life as you do

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