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Occupational therapy in mental health services

Occupational therapy is an important part of mental health services. Find out what an occupational therapist does.

In mental health services, occupational therapists work as part of a multidisciplinary team.

They do this by:

  • helping people to do things that will increase their ability to take part in activities
  • changing the environment to support people to take part in activities

If you are referred to occupational therapy you will need an assessment. This looks at your daily routine, including activities that:

  • you are doing well with
  • you are experiencing difficulty with

The therapist can then recommend practical interventions.

Shared decision making is an important part of occupational therapy. The therapist will work with you to develop collaborative goals. These will help you to take part in the activities you need and want to do.

page last reviewed: 21/03/2019
next review due: 21/03/2022

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