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.
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