In May 2012, the results of an Angus Reid Public Opinion poll of over 1,000 Canadians points to a shift in thinking when it comes to mental illness and addiction. The research was completed in conjunction with the Salvation Army.
According to the Report, “Canada Speaks 2012: Mental Health, Addictions and the Roots of Poverty”, 80% of survey respondents indicated they know of someone with a mental illness or addiction. 71% of those polled agreed “a lot of people with addictions have mental health problems”. An overwhelming majority also believe there is a link between mental illness and poverty and that the Canadian government should make mental illness a higher priority and provide more services to assist those struggling with addictions.
Brian Peddle, Territorial Commander for the Salvation Army in Canada noted that “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.” Peddle added that these results are “promising and reveal a population that recognizes the barriers and obstacles facing Canadians that suffer from either mental illness or addiction.
Community Social Services Workers provide assistance in a community-based fashion to specific groups. Their function is to improve and protect the social well-being of families and individuals.
Compassionate individuals who wish to specialize in addictions and aiding the community in general can pursue a rewarding healthcare career as a Community Service Worker. Training programs to enter this career field are offered at various Career Colleges such as Robertson College, triOS College, Medix College of Health Care, Oxford College, Citi College, and MTI Community College, Trillium College.