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Stigma Stomp Day


Victoria – On May 11 The Salvation Army participated in “Stigma Stomp Day”, an event during Mental Health Awareness week that was designed to educate and raise awareness of the stigma’s attached to people experiencing mental health/addiction issues.

The event included food, fun, entertainment, and speeches by members of the community who experienced the power of “Stomping out Stigma” in their lives. A lasting impression and legacy was left in the community.


Poll: Has mental illness/addiction impacted you?


Take our poll and let us know if mental illness/addiction has affected you.

Do you have either a friend or family member who has experienced mental illness and/or addiction?

  • Yes (95%, 78 Votes)
  • No (5%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 82

Thanks for voting.

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Not in My Backyard


Do citizens have a right to choose their neighbours?

People have sought to engage in decisions affecting their way of life for a long time. When change is proposed in a neighbourhood, residents may be skeptical or even take a hostile approach.

Three years ago, Richard Leblanc purchased a farm in Saanich, B.C. Here he created a therapeutic community and working organic farm aimed to help the homeless in the Victoria area. He now wants to expand the operations in produce […]

Canadians ’empathetic’ to those with mental illness, addiction: Report


Most Canadians have a friend or family member with a mental illness or addiction and believe the government should do more for people struggling with such problems, a new survey has found.

The Salvation Army report says most Canadians also believe there is a link between mental illness and poverty.

“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 […]

Report: Canada Speaks 2012


Toronto, ON May 1, 2012 – For the second consecutive year, The Salvation Army is announcing May as Dignity Month, and is releasing a report, “Canada Speaks 2012: Mental Health, Addictions and the Roots of Poverty.” The report reveals perceptions and attitudes among the Canadian public about individuals dealing with addiction or suffering from mental illness.

The survey of more than 1,000 Canadians, conducted in February by Angus Reid Public Opinion, revealed that many Canadians have been personally touched by the […]

Addictions Day-Program Begins


Williams Lake, B.C. – Starting in April, a 60-day intensive treatment program for individuals with drug and alcohol dependency will operate Monday to Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This is a holistic approach that includes psycho-educational classes, one-on-one counseling sessions, group sessions, arts, health and fitness, social development as well as volunteerism.

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New Addictions Treatment Program Offers Fresh Approaches


An intensive non-residential treatment program for people whose lives have been negatively impacted due to substance use, misuse and abuse begins April 2 at the Salvation Army in Williams Lake, B.C.

“We’re accepting referrals,” says program director Steve Hakes who began working as an addictions counsellor for the Salvation Army in February.

With a background in addictions counselling, Hakes is confident the program will be unique because it will offer some new approaches.

“We’re going to utilize humour,” Hakes says.

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New Choices, New Life


Danielle didn’t set out to get addicted to drugs. But at age 14 she was arranging her life around marijuana, acid, PCP and morphine. Four years later she had spun out of control. Then, one day, a life-changing event caused her to find the inner strength to finally get substance abuse out of her life.

Danielle’s addiction started off casually, as an offer from a friend. She had a desire to belong. Before long what was recreational use spiraled into […]