We’re often asked this question: and it’s an important one.
If you’re going to make the commitment to further your education, you want to make sure that the program is going to make you eligible for specific jobs in specific fields.
The purpose of this article is to help you understand what kind of employment LINKS Institute CSW: mental health, harm reduction, and the mental wellness and harm reduction worker diploma will prepare you for. If you still have questions after reading the article, contact us for more details!
LINKS Institute, a private career college focused on health and social services, is on the move: with the opening of a leased 1800 square foot training centre in downtown Brandon.
LINKS Institute started operating in March 2021 as an online education college with a focus on training community support workers. Until now, LINKS has held an office in the Brandon Chamber of Commerce building. Almost one year on, with 3 programs and a number of soon to be graduates, John Jackson, President & CEO, said the addition of physical space was a logical progression. “Personally, I have been humbled at the tremendous support of both students who have chosen to study with LINKS Institute, and community partners who are encouraging prospective students, and accepting students for practicum placements”, says Jackson. “This success has meant the need to increase our physical space, and I decided that Brandon was the place to do that, versus a venture in Winnipeg or elsewhere”.
The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) in their July 2021 fast facts informed Canadians that “everyone has mental health and will experience challenges regarding their mental well-being”, although “not everyone will experience a mental illness”.
However, CMHA also reveals that “mental illness indirectly affects all Canadians at some time either through their own experience, or that of a family member, friend or colleague”, and that “in any given year, 1 in 5 people in Canada will personally experience a mental health problem or illness.” In fact, “by age 40, about 50% of the population will have or have had a mental illness.” While CMHA identifies “a complex interplay of genetic, biological, personality and environmental factors” as the cause of mental illnesses, it also discloses that “the economic cost of mental illnesses to the Canadian healthcare and social support system was projected as $79.9 billion for the year 2021”, among others.