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Health Care Assistant: mental health branch The work Mental health care assistant, also known as psychiatric assistant, work in hospitals or in the community helping people who suffer from a range of conditions such as anxiety and stress-related illnesses, to more severe problems including personality disorders, eating disorders, and drug and alcohol abuse. Mental health care assistant can work with a variety of different patients or specialize in a particular group such as adolescents or offenders. Their work may involve counselling and supporting. Skills and Interests To be a mental health care assistant, you should: ? be understanding, sympathetic and non-judgmental ? be a good listener and able to gain a patient's trust ? be able to interpret body language and other non-verbal communication ? be able to relate well to families ? stay calm and in control in difficult situations Course contents: 1. Code of practice Mental Health Act 1983. 2. First aid and safety. 3. Good communication skills. 4. Drugs used in mental illness. 5. Awareness of mental illnesses. 6. Causes of mental illnesses. 7. Health and hygiene.

Health Care Assistant: mental health branch The work Mental health care assistant, also known as psychiatric assistant, work in hospitals or in the community helping people who suffer from a range of conditions such as anxiety and stress-related illnesses, to more severe problems including personality disorders, eating disorders, and drug and alcohol abuse. Mental health care assistant can work...

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