Mental Health

Mental health is a component of all occupational therapy interventions,. Occupational therapy practitioners provide mental health treatment and prevention services for children, youth, the aging, and those with severe and persistent mental illness, with a focus on function and independence.

Occupational therapists must have a master’s degree for entry-level practice, and occupational therapy assistants must have an associate’s degree. Both must pass an initial certification exam.

The Fact Sheets below provide information on occupational therapy’s role with a variety of mental health conditions.

Fact Sheets

Occupational Therapy in Polytrauma

Occupational Therapy’s Role in Community Mental Health

Returning to Work With Cognitive Impairments

Dementia and the Role of Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy’s Role in Sleep - pdf, 603 kb

Mental Health in Children and Youth: The Benefit and Role of Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy's Role in Health Promotion - pdf, 3.1 mb

Occupational Therapy's Role in Mental Health Recovery

Occupational Therapy's Role with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder - pdf, 493 kb

Occupational Therapy's Role in Restraint Reduction or Elimination - pdf, 620 kb

Occupational Therapy Using a Sensory Integration–Based Approach With Adult Populations - pdf, 583 kb

The Role of Occupational Therapy in Oncology - pdf, 573 kb


Occupational Therapy’s Role in Disaster Relief

Occupational Therapy and Depression: Reconstructing Lives

Recovery With Purpose: Occupational Therapy and Drug and Alcohol Abuse