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World Mental Health Day 2020

Occupational therapy roots started within the field of mental health. In the 20th century it was early Occupational therapy professionals believed that occupations activities such as work, rest and play had become unbalanced. Occupational therapists would introduce therapeutic occupations such as weaving, basket making and art. These goal directed, activities helped people to become more productive, learn a new skills, develop a routine and have meaning/value within their life.

Mental illness or difficulties with maintaining a positive mental health can significantly impact an individual's ability to engage in daily life activities that are meaningful and lead to productive daily routines.  Occupational therapy is a profession vital to helping individuals with mental illness develop the skills needed to live life to its fullest. Our profession’s motto can describe it the best -  “Occupational therapy: living life to its fullest.” All individuals have a right to live life to its fullest. An occupational therapist can help people consider not only their needs, strengths, abilities, and interests, but also their physical, social, and cultural environment. 

Occupational therapy can have a positive impact on mental health working with the individual on:

  • coping and self-regulation skills

  • goal planning and breaking down activities into smaller chucks

  • conflict resolution and assertiveness skills 

  • job skills and grading tasks

  • daily routine, structure and planning

  • productivity - learning new skills for independent living, like cooking and cleaning. 

  • exploring and participating in leisure activities

  • financial planning & learning how to budget

  • the importance of occupational balance

  • increase self-esteem and confidence

  • social skills and being part of the community 

  • personal hygiene and self care 

  • Social and physical environment 

Be kind to yourself. It’s ok not to be ok. You are doing a great job. 

if you need further information or support, please do not hesitate to contact us.


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