3 Reasons To Be Thankful For A Career In Mental Health Services

With the holiday season upon us, remember to be thankful for what you have —good health, friends and family, a career, or all three. In the daily hustle and bustle of life, it can be difficult to stop and think about all that you should be thankful for, especially with a thriving career that keeps you busy. Here are three reasons you should be thankful to have a career in mental health services, helping others in need.

#1: The Patients

You may not always see the bright side of working with patients. It can be difficult seeing people struggle, and sometimes be at their worst and most vulnerable. Be thankful that you can have a positive impact on someone’s life. Be thankful that you have the ability to help others, even when they don’t know how to help themselves. Each moment with a patient makes a difference. Those difficult days might seem unbearable at times, but they’re worth it when a patient finally reaches goals and shows improvements, thanks to your care and guidance. Know that your patients are truly thankful for you.

#2: The Field

Career opportunities in mental health services are growing. New research is being published regularly, and it changes the best practices of practitioners across the board. You have the opportunity to develop your interests in a constantly evolving field that encourages personal and professional growth through education and research. You can be thankful that your work is rewarding, but is also constantly striving for better results that are impactful to others, whether you’re a mobile therapist or working in a residential facility. Be thankful that you also get to work alongside others who care.

#3: The Stigma

Just as you can impact the field of mental health, you can also impact the perception of mental health in society. Through the work of mental health service professionals, the stigmas that once faced individuals with mental health issues are substantially less than even 10 or 15 years ago. Be thankful that you work in such an influential field, where you can impact the lives of so many people, not just today but in the future too. By changing the way people see individuals with mental health disabilities, you’re improving the opportunities for patients, and creating stronger families and communities. And that is something everyone can be thankful for.


Pathways of Pennsylvania has been serving communities in Pennsylvania since 1981. Every individual has a right to lead a meaningful and positive life, and we are changing lives, one day at a time. Pathways of Pennsylvania is comprised of four companies: Children’s Behavioral Health, Inc., Pathways Community Services, LLC, Raystown Developmental Services, Inc., and The ReDCo Group, Inc.