The Importance Of Becoming A Mental Health Counselor

1718 WordsOct 7, 20147 Pages
People suffering from mental illness can be found throughout our nation. There are some that experience more severe symptoms of this illness than others. With mental health condition being classified as an illness, it serves that it is a condition beyond a person’s control. The National Institute of Health (NIH) has classified mental illness as being a condition that normally changes a person’s thinking, feelings and behavior (NIH, 2013). Therefore when they are experiencing these symptoms, they normally have difficulty functioning and will need help from the human service professional and others to get by. With treatment the ones with minor symptoms are able to continue their functions in society, but the ones with more severe cases are often locked away in mental institutions or end up committing crimes, that results in them being locked up in jails or prison. Working in the prison system, affords one the opportunity of seeing these individuals go through their symptoms. Therefore this is one reason leading me to entertain the idea of becoming a mental health counselor, as there is some form of compassion that leads you to want to help. There has always been a need to make an impact or be the one to make a difference in someone else’s life, as a mental health counselor (Corey & Corey, 2011). Even though it may not be possible to make a difference in all mental health patients lives I would sure like to try. One also has to understand that these individuals have to want
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