A recent survey of more than 1,000 Canadians revealed that many adults have been touched by addiction or mental illness, whether firsthand or through a friend or family member who has suffered one of the two afflictions.
The report, completed by Angus Reid Public Opinion, also found that most respondents observe a link between both illnesses, agreeing that many people with addictions have mental health problems as well. Additionally, participating Canadians believe that mental illness can be the causal factor of poverty for some individuals.
"In previous reports that we have released, we have seen a Canadian public that hasn't always been sensitive to, or didn't understand the needs of vulnerable people in our society," Commissioner Brian Peddle, Territorial Commander for The Salvation Army in Canada stated. "Our latest report revealed an entirely different population, one that is extremely empathetic to those struggling with mental illness and addiction and hope for a better and brighter future for them."
Those who wish to follow their passion for helping others can pursue a career in healthcare, particularly as a worker specializing in addictions and community service. Not every school offers such specified programs, but at Vancouver Career College, students can strengthen their training through the school's Addictions and Community Services Worker program and train for positions in child and youth services, group homes, mental health centres and more. To find out more information, fill out the form on the right.