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Anybody know where I can get work experience in mental health? Live in Uk, Birmingham
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(Original post by Happy_Smiles)
Anybody know where I can get work experience in mental health? Live in Uk, Birmingham
Contact your local hospital and see if it has a mental health unit where you could possibly volunteer, they'd likely have a volunteer coordinator who's job it is to arrange this sort of thing. Most are really glad for the extra help even if it's just one afternoon a week especially with staff often being overworked and unable to spend a lot of one to one time with patients. I've volunteered with adult acute inpatient services and really enjoyed it, did all sorts of things. Escorting patients out on walks and leave, going to the gym with them, playing pool and card games, doing arts and crafts, etc. Sometimes people just want you to sit and chat with them because they feel isolated or lonely.

As well as the NHS look at the voluntary sector and other organisations. The mental health charity Mind is often on the lookout for volunteers for a range of roles everything from general admin help and fund raisers to volunteer befrienders who work on a one to one basis with service users helping to support them. Here's the volunteering page for the Birmingham Mind: http://birminghammind.org/volunteering Also homeless organisations and shelters often have many people who use their services with mental health problems, same is true with drug rehabilitation charities. In Birmingham I know there is crossover charity which deals with both homelessness and drug misuse called SIFA Fireside they also actively work with Birmingham & Solihull Foundation Trust. There is often a strong link between mental health problems, substance misuse and homelessness. Getting experience in all of those areas would make you well rounded and stand you in good stead if it's an area you want to eventually work in

Edit: Had a quick browse and there's also Birmingham Voluntary Service Council which could be worth contacting asking if they know of any mental health related opportunities available. Also Do-it maintain an online database of opportunities including those in mental health.
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Contact your local hospital and see if it has a mental health unit where you could possibly volunteer, they'd likely have a volunteer coordinator who's job it is to arrange this sort of thing. Most are really glad for the extra help even if it's just one afternoon a week especially with staff often being overworked and unable to spend a lot of one to one time with patients. I've volunteered with adult acute inpatient services and really enjoyed it, did all sorts of things. Escorting patients out on walks and leave, going to the gym with them, playing pool and card games, doing arts and crafts, etc. Sometimes people just want you to sit and chat with them because they feel isolated or lonely.

As well as the NHS look at the voluntary sector and other organisations. The mental health charity Mind is often on the lookout for volunteers for a range of roles everything from general admin help and fund raisers to volunteer befrienders who work on a one to one basis with service users helping to support them. Here's the volunteering page for the Birmingham Mind: http://birminghammind.org/volunteering Also homeless organisations and shelters often have many people who use their services with mental health problems, same is true with drug rehabilitation charities. In Birmingham I know there is crossover charity which deals with both homelessness and drug misuse called SIFA Fireside they also actively work with Birmingham & Solihull Foundation Trust. There is often a strong link between mental health problems, substance misuse and homelessness. Getting experience in all of those areas would make you well rounded and stand you in good stead if it's an area you want to eventually work in

Edit: Had a quick browse and there's also Birmingham Voluntary Service Council which could be worth contacting asking if they know of any mental health related opportunities available. Also Do-it maintain an online database of opportunities including those in mental health.

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I live in stafford, so not far from you. For my work experience I went to a day care centre for the elderly and they had people there with dementia,but nothing too serious! I think they do a few day care centres in Birmingham. If you want more info message me


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