Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW), October 2-8, is an annual national public education campaign designed to help open the eyes of Canadians to the reality of mental illness.
“Mental illness remains a huge barrier to the well-being of many Canadians,” says Major Tom Tuppenney, Behavioural Health Consultant for The Salvation Army. “With encouragement, support and resources, much can be done to improve the lives of people living with mental illness.”
The Salvation Army is committed to addressing and supporting those who struggle with mental health issues. Last year, The Salvation Army helped 1.9 million people, including people with mental illness. For example:
- In Saskatoon, The Salvation Army Community Centre keeps a private room for men in the community who are homeless and deal with mental health issues. Staff help ensure medications are taken, appointments are kept, basic needs are met and they are safe.
- At The Salvation Army’s Booth Centre Ministries in Winnipeg, a residential care program (the Haven) focuses on life skills development, insight into one’s mental health diagnosis and works with individuals to become successful in community living.
- In Toronto, The Salvation Army Booth Packaging and Supportive Services is a work training program for people with mental health needs. Services also include supportive counseling, crisis support, advocacy, referral and consultation with other professionals.
“The Salvation Army works to restore hope and dignity to all who need our help,” says Tuppenney. “Everyone deserves to live happy and productive lives.”