May 24, 2012 | Alberta
Recent research has demonstrated that Canadians as a whole feel a strong empathy toward those who suffer from addiction and mental illness. For the second year in a row, the Salvation Army has released research about the perceptions and attitudes among the public regarding people dealing with these illnesses. Called "Canada Speaks 2012: Mental Health, Addictions and the Roots of Poverty," the survey involved more than 1,000 Canadians, of which 80 percent reported that a friend or family member has experienced mental illness or addiction problems.
According to the report, 87 percent of participants believe that mental health should be a higher priority for the government, and 84 percent think that more services to help people with addictions should be available.
"The findings from this year's report are promising and reveal a population that recognizes the barriers and obstacles facing Canadians that suffer from either mental illness or addiction," says Brian Peddle, Commissioner and Territorial Commander for The Salvation Army.
Those who are interested in working with people facing addictions or mental health issues can enroll in the Addictions & Community Services Worker program at CDI College. Graduates of the program can seek out employment opportunities in mental health centres, group homes, correctional facilities and other community service settings. For more information, fill out the form on the right.