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As a change agent organization, our graduates are not only market ready, but are change agents in the community as well. They are trained to change their world for good!

– Dr Sunday Olujoku

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA, CANADA, November 28, 2021 / – In the field of mental health, it is important to explain the context. The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) in its July 2021 Quick Facts informed Canadians that “everyone has mental health and will experience challenges regarding their mental well-being,” although “not everyone will not experience mental illness ”. However, ACSM 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 experience a mental health problem or illness. In fact, “by age 40, about 50% of the population will or will have had a mental illness.” While ACSM identifies “a complex interplay of genetic, biological, personality and environmental factors” as the cause of mental illness, it also reveals that “the economic cost of mental illness to the Canadian health care and support system social was estimated at 79.9 billion dollars for the year 2021 ”, among others.

The quick facts above call for action, and this is especially true now that “a third of Canadians aged 15 and over who report needing mental health care say these needs have not been fully met” according to ACSM. The urgent need for rapid intervention to fill a precarious gap in mental health and wellness has led to the emergence of the LINKS Institute, a higher education institution whose curriculum is entirely focused on this issue. . In a fast-paced world of endless activities and interactions fueled by social media, many people yearn for emotional stability and sanity in their day-to-day expectations, roles and responsibilities. More than ever, many people today are forced to multitask, given their intersecting schedules, leisure, work and family schedules, as well as their survival needs. It has therefore become necessary to train emergency response and support workers in mental health and risk reduction, whose major role would be to help the growing number of people prone to mental health problems.

As a new institution based in Brandon, Manitoba, the easy accessibility of LINKS Institute through the delivery of fully online programs is a great benefit that can accelerate the training of working adults and high school graduates in rural or rural areas. the cities of Canada. Working and studying at the same time becomes easy. Learning through an online platform from the comfort of your own home eliminates the hassle of commuting, parking and / or tight schedules that could create delays or anxiety. The advantage of fully online program delivery also includes relatively low cost, although it is a very efficient and high quality program. Completing a much needed certificate program through an online platform further protects students from COVID-19, which is transmissible through physical proximity. It is also relevant to mention that the programs of the LINKS Institute expose students to current practices as well as relevant and recent theories in the field of psychosocial mental health, harm reduction and prevention.

LINKS Institute emphasizes a delivery approach that places great importance on a good interplay between practical skills and in-depth industry experience. It takes a balanced approach that connects the head, heart and hand of the students in the learning process. The program is comprehensive and student-centered. It is also relevant to the job market, as it addresses the shortage identified earlier by ACSM. Highly qualified seasoned practitioners as qualified instructors with PhDs and Masters degrees in relevant fields have successfully positioned the LINKS Institute as a higher education institution with a difference – dynamic, relevant and current in the face of today’s challenges, and fully ready for the future in mental health training renowned workers.

In addition, the LINKS Institute is renowned for a short but intensive, rigorous and intentionally planned duration, suitable for working adults and / or newcomers looking to acquire a mental health job readiness certificate. In addition, this program leads to jobs that are in high demand across the country. Obtaining a certificate in mental health or harm reduction within six months of intensive training is now possible through programming at the LINKS Institute. The flexibility through continuous admission of cohorts ensures that prospective students have greater influence to plan and adjust their priorities without having to wait a full year to start school. The cohort approach also ensures the high frequency of interaction of a small class size, the fair share of the student-instructor ratio that allows for a more individual connection between student and instructor. Students are not treated like figures but known by first names, and this approach ensures a deeply enriching learning experience.

Although Canada does not have an accreditation body for social and community service workers, the Government of Manitoba is the incorporated authority that recognizes and authenticates vocational training institutions in Manitoba. LINKS Institute is a registered private professional institution. The LINKS Institute is one of the few institutions in Canada to offer a degree program in mental wellness and harm reduction. It is also one of the few higher education institutions to offer all of its approved programs online. LINKS Institute was a game-changer because students now have the best possible option. Along with strong, agile, and creative leadership, LINKS Institute instructors are highly skilled, patient, reasonable, student-centered, and completely selfless to ensure their students thrive. As a change agent organization, our graduates are not only market ready, but are change agents in the community as well. They are trained to change their world for good!

Equipping and empowering support workers in the areas of mental health and harm reduction will go a long way in reversing the trend of the “growing economic cost of mental illness to the Canadian health care and social support system”. While this may be more preventative than curative, the goal of training more support workers in this area cannot be overstated. The LINKS Institute has emerged on the scene and is here to continue to do good things by training and equipping helping professionals whose main priority is to help Canadians who are struggling to overcome their challenges and become productive members of the community. company.

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