Sam Sturmer – Social Worker – St Helens, Launceston & Rural Outreach

Why did you decide on a career in this industry?

I am passionate about working with our most vulnerable people in society and mental health is an area where I would like to gain more skills and knowledge and apply this when working with people experiencing mental illness.

What do you enjoy about your current role?

The diversity of the clients I work with, each day is different from the next, I am always learning new skills and knowledge around mental health.

Do you have any particular special interest areas?

Trauma informed practice, learning more Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) skills, becoming accredited as a Mental Health Social Worker.

What does good mental health look like to you?

Good balance, for example a person who is able to dedicate time to family and friends, work, exercise, has emotional intelligence and has strategies in place for when they are not experiencing good mental health.

How do you personally look after your mental health?

I try and create a balance in my life by using mindfulness, meditation and yoga to help manage stress.

Best advice you’ve received in life?

“Engage brain before putting mouth into gear!”

Have you ever read a book that had a huge impact in your life? If so, what was it and why?

“The Body Keeps the Score” by Bessel Van Der Kolk. This book was very easy to read and understand and had relevant case studies which assisted in understanding the content in more detail.