Amazing job role - Average organisation
The actual job role (I was mental health recovery worker) is amazing. This is about as front line as it gets in mental health work & if you’re born afraid of a bit of hard work, genuinely want to help others and don’t mind working with those with severe mental illness and those who are in crisis point, then it is amazing. The work you can do & the change you can help inspire in other people’s lives is brilliant and so rewarding.
However, this is unfortunately hindered by the organisation. I experienced the organisation to be quite “Cliqhey’ - if you did not get on with certain staff or agree with their style of working then you where in trouble. Managers have Definetly got favourites who have their ear and you either do what they say or you’re in trouble. There’s Definetly a gap between the front line staff and service managers, AD’s and upwards.
Rethink as a wider organisation seem brilliant - time to change is fab, great website, great information. Rethink however need to practice what they preach with
Regards to well-being at work - staff members with lived experience of mental health are encouraged to work at ReThink but I found that it isn’t supported well. The administrative side of this is done (Wrap plans
Etc...) so boxes are ticked but there seems little understanding on day to day issues for staff members with mental health & this is a real shame.
Pay is also quite poor compared to what work you do.
Very rewarding job role
Low pay, lack of support from managers