Helping individuals overcome challenges that illness, injury or disability might place upon them.
Occupational therapy helps people to live life to the fullest, by helping them overcome challenges that illness, injury or disability might place upon them.
An occupational therapist can help you to develop or regain skills you may have lost as a result of a mental illness and live more fully in the community by:
- Improving living skills, such as meal preparation, shopping or using the transit system
- Identifying and accessing leisure activities
- Participating in work or education
- Dealing with life changes, stress and emotions
- Improving social skills
- Linking with community groups and agencies
- Developing ways to improve your quality of life and manage the impact of your illness
- Taking an active part in your recovery and maintaining wellness
How would an occupational therapist work with me?
- Support you in your individual recovery journey
- Encourage you to develop personal goals and action plans
- Help you to identify your strengths
- Assist you to develop strategies to overcome challenges
- Work with you to choose meaningful activities and life roles that suit your unique abilities and skills
- Develop group programs where you can share and learn new skills together with others
- Adapt the environment and/or recommend equipment to support you in a specific area of your life
Talk to your mental health and substance use centre team, hospital therapist or case manager to connect you with an occupational therapist to support you in creating a plan that’s right for you.