What It’s Like Being A Support Worker With Little Support…Kiera’s Story

Hello and WELCOMEto PsychAssist. This week’s article comes from Kiera Frost who as of last August, was a support worker within a private hospital. She followed the same route as most hopeful psychology graduates; however, faced many extreme challenges during her time as a support worker. This is a perfect example of how working within a service with very little support can have an effect on your mental health. This is part of Kiera’s story of What It’s Like Being A Support Worker With Little Support. Continue reading What It’s Like Being A Support Worker With Little Support…Kiera’s Story

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Why You Should Never Sacrifice Your Mental Health For Mental Health Services

Hello and WELCOME to PsychAssist. This week we have an article from a former mental health support worker who left their job to save their struggling mental health. The individual who wishes to remain anonymous discusses their experience as a support worker in an adult inpatient unit. This has to be one of the most eye-opening articles that we have ever published! Continue reading Why You Should Never Sacrifice Your Mental Health For Mental Health Services

What It’s Really Like Working In An Inpatient Hospital!

Hello and WELCOME to PsychAssist. This week we have another great entry by Serkan all about his experience of going from an HCA to an ASSISTANT PSYCHOLOGIST within an adult inpatient service. Serkan gives some really amazing tips for Psychology graduates who wish to pursue a career in mental health all from his own experiences of working within the field. This truly is an amazing article! Continue reading What It’s Really Like Working In An Inpatient Hospital!

A Week in the Life of a Support Worker

Hello and WELCOME to PsychAssist. We have received hundreds of messages from recent Psychology Graduates asking us about their next steps in their career. We often urge them to become Support Workers, however we are repeatedly met with comments like “I’m not cleaning someones backside!”. This couldn’t be further from the truth which is why we wrote this article from a support worker to show you what Support Worker life is actually like. This is something we wish we knew back when we started our careers. Continue reading A Week in the Life of a Support Worker

From No A-Levels to Building A Mental Health Service: The story so far…

Hello and WELCOME to PsychAssist! This week’s guest article comes from Stacey Pyle who has gone from No A-Levels to Building Her Own Mental Health Service. She previously struggled for years with her own mental health and found herself in her mid-20’s HOMELESS and a single mother of 3. Despite all adversity, she persevered to gain an access course to medicine where she received a DISTINCTION which subsequently led to an unconditional offer to study psychology. Stacey refuses to settle for the ordinary and is about to launch her own mental health service called “The Foundation Centre” which is backed by the Princes Trust. This is her story so far…. Continue reading From No A-Levels to Building A Mental Health Service: The story so far…

4 Ways to Keep Yourself Healthy Whilst Working In Mental Health

Hello and WELCOME to PsychAssist. Within this article we explore how to keep yourself healthy whilst working in mental health. This article was written by a member of the PsychAssist team who is currently a support worker and they give their perspective of how to look after your own mental health whilst working in such a demanding role. This is something we hear many graduates and support workers talk about so we know this is a topic that we had to address. Hopefully this will be able to help you in your journey! Continue reading 4 Ways to Keep Yourself Healthy Whilst Working In Mental Health

Why You Shouldn’t Join The BPS!

There’s an internal national debate going on at this moment in time. Many Graduates and Qualified Psychologists are increasingly questioning their memberships to the BPS and wonder what VALUE they get from being a member. Yes it’s nice to have MBPsS next to your name, however most Students/graduates probably don’t even know what that means. This gave us the inspiration to look into this further and to gather opinions from different people (members and non-members) to weigh up the Pros and Cons of being a member. Within this post we will explore WHY YOU SHOULDN’T JOIN THE BPS. Continue reading Why You Shouldn’t Join The BPS!