Change lives with a mental health career

It can be hard for people living with mental illness to seek support. And when they do, often there aren’t enough trained professionals available. It’s predicted that by 2025, there will be a shortage of approximately 250,000 mental healthcare providers throughout the country.

The mental health community needs intelligent, compassionate people to join the sector. In order to recruit mental health professionals, Bring Change to Mind partnered with the Patrick P. Lee Foundation to create a PSA that shows how when a person is in need, a great listener can make all the difference. Together, we are working to save lives, reduce suffering, and ensure that people living with a mental illness are able to pursue their full human potential.

Can you read between the lines?

Watch and share our PSA to help find the next generation of mental health professionals.

Mental Health Stats

When your friends need someone to listen, do they often turn to you? Are you able to understand how people feel, even if they don’t actually say it? If so, a career in mental health might be right for you. Here are the hard numbers:

56% of American adults with a mental illness do not receive treatment.
More than half of U.S. counties have no psychiatrists
ERs reported a 42% increase for demand of psychiatric services over the last 3 years
Over 100 million people live in "mental health professional shortage" areas


Make a Career in Mental Health Possible

Explore resources that will help you decide if being a mental health professional is right for you.

In addition to the organizations bringing you this campaign, there is a wealth of knowledge and resources with several different mental health associations. Read through our Associations page to learn how they can help you get started in your career.

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If you’re considering or currently pursuing a mental health degree, there are many financial resources that can help you reach your goal.

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The mental health industry is a constantly evolving world – research and exploration of the brain and how people think is an ongoing process. As a result, there is an abundance of educational articles on a variety of subjects within the mental health field. Search through a selection of articles and read the latest news and research.

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The mental health field is growing, and the range of people working in the industry spans from people just out of college to people who have decades of experience. Read through our blog posts to see what they have to say about working in a mental health field.

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Read our mental health white paper

Mental healthcare is growing. Read our Responding to Mental Health Needs of Diverse Populations white paper that explains how to ensure quality mental health treatment for all.