Salvation Army Addresses Mental Illness

Mental Illness. Awareness. Acceptance. Action
by Linda Leigh
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Statistics reveal that 1 in 5 Canadians will experience mental illness and research states that by 2020, depression will be the leading cause of disability on the planet. Mental health issues are real.  Just ask anyone who suffers with them about the debilitating effects it has on work and personal life.

People with mental illness face poverty, unemployment, homelessness and social isolation. What can be done to help end a disease that costs people so dearly?

“We have to change our ideas and attitudes towards what’s possible in the world of mental health,” says Dr. Catherine Zahn, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Centre of Addiction and Mental Health. “We must offer the promise of a different future for people with mental illness. It’s only fair. I’m grateful for the work of The Salvation Army. We share the same belief that everyone is worthy of compassion and respect.”

"Mental Illness is the most pressing health and
economic issue of our time"

The Salvation Army is committed to addressing and supporting those who are struggling with mental health issues. Last year, The Salvation Army helped 1.85 million people, including people with mental illness. 

  • At the Salvation Army’s Centre of Hope in St John’s, a mental health social worker is available at its biweekly coffee time.
  • The Salvation Army’s Windsor, Ont., community and rehabilitation centre for homeless males provides an on-site mental health worker.
  • Salvation Army mental health professionals provide emotional and spiritual care during a disaster.
  • In Saskatoon, The Salvation Army Community Centre keeps a private room, used on an emergency basis for men who are struggle with homelessness and mental health issues. Staff ensure medications are taken, appointments are kept, basic needs are met, and they are safe.
  • At The Salvation Army’s Centre of Hope in London, Ont., CMHA is in resource rooms to assist clients with mental health issues in finding suitable housing.

"Mental Illness is the most pressing health and economic issue of our time," says Major Tom Tuppenney, Behavioural Health Consultant. "The Salvation Army continues to address the challenges of mental illness as we strive to meet the needs of the whole person."