Professionals that choose to enter into the helping field because they know someone (family member or friend) with a mental illness are more likely to sympathize with their clients and become some sort of an advocate for those that cannot stand up for themselves. These professionals also may have a little bit more of a passion and or drive to want to help other people like whom they know. Professionals that choose to enter into the helping field by following in their parents or other family members footsteps, have heard all kinds of stories about what was going on at work and how their parent or family member was able to help their client.
Those that follow in the footsteps and those that know someone with a mental illness, are more likely to have more knowledge and insight about the human service profession as well as a genuine want to help other people be able to live a full and happy life. It takes a certain type of person to be a helper. They must have a passion and a drive to be able to help people or care for people, if they want to work in this profession. Most people dont do this type of work for the money; they do it because they like to help people. There is so much need in the world for human services workers.