How Community Support Workers Can Support Mental Health


As we’re all experiencing challenging times in our lives right now, things can take a toll on us – both mentally and physically. With all that’s going on, it can be difficult to keep your mental health in check – and even more difficult when you are part of a vulnerable group.

hands holding pen and notebook to help with mental health

If you are a member of a vulnerable group in society, community support and social service workers are here to help you overcome your personal struggles and become the you, you aspire to be.  Whatever your past may be, community support and social service workers can help you build and develop healthy mental health practices every step of the way from your lowest days to your better days ahead.

Regardless of what circumstances you’ve experienced in life, community support and social service workers can help you overcome obstacles from your past and improve your present and future self. 

Mental Health Today 

Today, mental health is one of the most common illnesses among humans across the globe. In fact, 1 in 5 people in Canada will personally experience a mental health problem or illness. However, this isn’t something anyone should be ashamed of. In fact, there are people who want to help you through this – and these people are your community support and social service workers.

Getting Mental Health Help and Support

Community support and social service workers support and help all kinds of people from at-risk children and youth, to pregnant teenagers, to substance-dependent users. If you’re experiencing personal problems that lead to and fuel mental health complications like addictions, a broken family, substance abuse, or segregation, a community support worker can support you through a variety of social assistance programs and community services including life skills workshops, substance abuse treatment programs, support programs, and more. There is nothing you have to fear as your support worker will be with you every step of the way.

If you’re a current student who is looking for mental health support, you can use MySSP to connect with one of our student support advisors who there for you when you are feeling anxious, lonely, stressed, lost, depressed, or just want someone to talk to. Students have 24/7 access to our resources and advisors. You can learn more about the program here.

Inspired to Make a Difference? Become a Community Support Worker!

Are you interested in becoming a community support and social service worker yourself? You can take our Community Support Worker – Social Services program to gain the education and training you need to be able to offer this kind of help and support to those in need.

Our diploma program equips you with the skills and competence you need for a challenging but rewarding career in this field. Once you complete this program, you’ll be able to help your own clients manage their personal, social, and mental health complications through one-on-one and group support. You’ll also be able to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment programs by tracking your clients’ behavioural changes and responses to various interventions.

Wondering how you’ll get your experience on the field? Our program also includes two practicum placements so you can gain the relevant and hands-on work experience you need to be successful before graduation. So, by the time you graduate, you’ll be ready to take on the world and help others change their lives.

Contact one of our advisors here to learn more.


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