It's alright. It is what you make of it.
Mental Health Technician (Former Employee) – Indianapolis, IN – September 14, 2015
As a technician you day can vary, depending on which unit (child, adolescent, adult) you're sent to work on. You end up gaining a lot of experience working with different patient populations. If you like a consistent work environment you won't appreciate it, but if you like change then you will. You won't see much of the management, since you'll be busy helping patients. The other technicians are good at their jobs and are nice enough to teach the ropes to someone new. The hardest part and easiest part is simultaneously the patients; when you have a lot of "bad" patients come in you'll be extremely busy and your patience will be tested. The job can definitely be mentally fatiguing. On the flip side, those patients that genuinely seem to get better and turn their life around will make you feel good, like you're really making a difference.
In the end, I'd say that if you really think you're a people person and can keep a level head when others are upset, then this position would be a good fit for you. If that's not the kind of person you are, look somewhere else.
Free meals (if there's enough patients), good coworkers, can feel like you're making a difference
Management is distant, some patients can really get on your nerves, job can be very stressful at times