Support workers make up a large part of the workforce in mental health and addiction services, especially in NGOs. However, many people are not aware of the variety of roles within the support workforce or the work they do. We have interviewed a number of community support workers to share their profiles.
Through sharing support workers’ stories, we hope to increase understanding about the diversity and breadth of community support worker roles and showcase their work. Check out the stories below and also a video, profiling mental health and addiction support workers.
Robyn Shearer (Chief executive of Te Pou) and Marion Blake (Chief executive of Platform) give us their perspectives on why it is important that we know more about this vital work.
Check out the videos below to hear from mental health and addiction support workers, including what they like most about their jobs and advice they'd give people looking to do similar work.