The Salvation Army Helps Client Improve Her Mental Health

Salvation Army worker in blue jacket with Giving Hope Today on the back talks to client

Talking freely about your mental health is not easy. It takes time to build up the trust and confidence to feel comfortable sharing how you feel. This is exactly how Lusi felt before joining The Salvation Army’s Pathway of Hope.

“If it wasn’t for the mental health support I received from The Salvation Army I still don’t think I would be talking to anybody. I always thought that there was no point in telling anyone my problems because I didn’t think anything good could come out of that.”

“If it wasn’t for the mental health support I received from The Salvation Army I still don’t think I would be talking to anybody.”

Lusi joined the Pathway of Hope because she wanted support with different aspects of her life, one of those being her mental health. A difficult relationship with her son had been affecting her mentally, and she did not know what to do about it.

Fortunately, after building a close relationship with a Salvation Army worker, Lusi finally felt comfortable sharing her thoughts.

“My case worker was a huge support to me. I am not an open person, and I don’t feel comfortable speaking with just anyone, but she made me feel like I could trust her and tell her anything,” Lusi said.

“My case worker was a huge support to me.”

Throughout the months she spent in the Pathway of Hope, Lusi received assistance looking for accessible mental health support, as well as other educational resources. She was also able to get her CPR certification thanks to the program’s guidance. Lusi credits The Salvation Army staff’s way of building trust and relationships with their clients as the key to the success of the participants.

As for her mental health, Lusi believes that she still has some work to do. However, her new outlook on her emotional well-being leaves the door open for her to receive any help she may require.

“Now my attitude is different. I realize that it is good to speak up and that way you can meet people that can relate to you and help you,” Lusi said.

Before graduating from the Pathway of Hope, Lusi was referred by The Salvation Army to a free mental health organization. She is now looking forward to attending her first appointment with them. She hopes the guidance she’ll receive can help her improve things with her son.

Working in over 400 communities across Canada, The Salvation Army is often the first point of contact for someone experiencing poor mental health. Many programs offered by The Salvation Army have integrated mental health workers or supports to meet the needs of participants. In addition, The Salvation Army works closely with its vast network of community partners to connect clients with services to meet their mental health needs.

By Juan Romero