Mental Health Care Assistant

SLVeteran Hayley

SLVeteran - Hayley Mental Health Care Assistant

Education: Psychology - University of Manchester, UK

SLV.Global Placement: Sri Lanka Mental Health Placement June 2013

Current Role: Mental Health Care Assistant (Psychiatric Hospital - Eating Disorder Unit)

Previous Roles: Special Support Worker for Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders & Telephone Support Worker for NAPAC.org.uk.

Tell us about your SLV.Global experience: "Volunteering for SLV was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Working in Sri Lanka challenges you in ways you could never imagine, and rising to each of those builds your confidence immensely! The projects you work on allow you to meet some of the strongest people you could ever wish to know, and it is incredibly humbling to work with them and to hear their stories. Beyond this, living with a Sri Lankan family is a priceless experience, and you get to meet some truly life long friends.

SLV was an invaluable experience that not only gives you professional work experience in settings that are more than relevant to job posts back home, but it gives you the opportunity to enhance skills you might not otherwise use. Being able to successfully apply mental health concepts to another cultural setting, in a country where you don't speak the national language, shows employers not only how versatile you are, but also how able you are to rise to challenges. The confidence SLV gave me in my ability to work within the mental health sector has since seen me apply for positions I never would've had the courage to before, and also assisted me in getting the job! I know the importance of social interaction, and I fully appreciate that not being able to change someone's life doesn't in any way undermine your ability to change their day, the power of which can never be underestimated."