How many of us consider taking care of our mental health on a regular basis? As individuals, we should be taking equally good care of our mental health as we do our physical and our social health as our mental health affects both. Moreover, just as people are encouraged to exercise, prioritize sleep and eat right, we should all be taking those steps in concert with efforts to promote our mental wellbeing. Most importantly, it is also incumbent upon all of us to advocate for a recovery-oriented system of care, that puts people at the heart of services.
Many people worry about asking for help because there can be a stigma around mental health problems. Furthermore, some believe that asking for help means admitting that there is something wrong. In addition, some people worry about how others might see them. However, asking for help means that you want to make changes or take steps towards your new health goals. And, we should be celebrating the courage it takes to speak up and make changes as getting help is part of recovery.
Recovery is a process or journey rather than a single end goal. And, a support team can help you on your way as no one should ever have to follow their journey entirely on their own. Furthermore, recovery can mean many different things. For example, some people see recovery as going back to their daily life before signs of a health problem. On the other hand, others see recovery as learning to live well, contributing to a community, and building relationships despite the challenge of a health problem. Overall, the view that people with mental health problems are different and should be treated with caution should no longer exist. Instead, we should all be aware of how to help others, through education, on how to deal with these mental health challenges.
If you or someone you know suffers from any form of mental illness, there are support groups and organizations within your community where you can find more information. For example, some support groups are formal groups led by a mental health professional, while others are more casual groups of peers. You can find support groups through members of your support team and through community health organizations. Across Ontario, there are many community health organizations that can help you understand what you are going through. Here is a list of some organizations available to you:
Canadian Mental Health Association, Canadian Alliance of Mental Illness and Mental Health, Canadian Association of Social Workers, Canadian Psychological Association, Canadian Psychiatric Association, National Network For Mental Health, Health Care CAN, etc. And the list goes on…
For more information about each association and how they can help support click the link – https://www.camimh.ca/members/
Do you have a passion for working with those who have addictions or challenges with mental health? Are you willing to be a part of a growing field in Ontario’s health care system?
As an Addictions & Mental Health Worker (AMHWs), you will be helping individuals. Processes such as screening, assessing and responding to people with mental health, mental illness, and substance use will be taught throughout the program or placement. In this career, you will learn to develop plans to assist individuals and groups alike to help achieve their goals.
As an Addictions Worker or Mental Health Worker, you will respond accordingly to individuals in crisis to provide appropriate assistance. Furthermore, referrals will be forwarded where necessary in a professional ethical manner. Individuals learn to develop creative concepts for addiction and mental health practice that meet innovation, entrepreneurship and social enterprise objectives.
Your goal of going to school is to prepare for a career that you love and can enjoy for years to come. The hardest part of graduating is finding your first position in your new career. Canadian College of Health Science and Technology has a dedicated Career Services department, which offers:
The college connects you to a variety of employment resources in Windsor to help move you from student to professional.
Upon graduating from the Addictions & Mental Health Worker program you may find job postings for positions with the following titles according to the Government of Canada:
Do you want to make a difference in the lives of those who suffer from addiction or mental health? At Canadian College, students gain real-world experience while receiving feedback from trained professionals.
During your program, you will complete an internship allowing you to apply what you’ve learned. Your internship gives you a step above your competition with the real-world experience you gained as the internship provides students with hands-on experience. And, from time to time your internship can lead to employment.