Types of health workers
This information is about the people who can support the mental health of people with intellectual disability.
It has information on
- Health workers who can support you
- Speech pathologists
- Exercise physiologists
There is a lot of information.
Some words can be hard to understand.
You can ask someone to read this information with you.
There are many health workers who can support you.
Health workers can sometimes be called health professionals.
Mental health is about
- How you think
- How you feel
If you need support to find a health worker you can ask someone you trust.
There are many people you might trust.
For more information about who you might trust go to https://idmhconnect.health/someone-trust
Speech pathologists support people who have problems with communication.
Speech pathologists are also known as speech therapists.
To communicate is how you understand and share your feelings or information.
- Using assistive technology
Assistive technology is physical supports or equipment to support you to do something more easily.
Speech pathologists can support you to
- Understand language
- Improve your social skills
Social skills are the skills you use to communicate with other people.
Improving your communication and social skills can support you to have good mental health.
Your health and fitness are important for good mental health.
An exercise physiologist supports you with your health and fitness using exercise.
Exercise physiologists know a lot about what types of exercise can support a person best.
An exercise physiologist can also support you with
- Exercises to get better after you have been sick
- Health problems
A dietitian supports you to choose the best foods to eat so you can be healthy.
They can help to treat medical conditions.
A dietician can
- Let you know the best foods for you to eat
- Support you to manage any medical conditions by suggesting the best food to eat
A nutritionist supports people to choose the best foods for them so that they are healthy.
A nutritionist does not treat medical conditions like dietitians.