Social Work in Canada Essay

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Social Work in Canada It is sad that in our society, conformity and assimilation have led to schisms in our communities. The Calgary Case Study is one such example. Mentally ill people who are marginalized face a myriad of struggles that are belittled and poorly understood. Those of us who are in a position to make a positive contribution to the lives of mentally ill community members, would rather choose to spend our efforts on more esthetically pleasing “charities”. It seems that mainstream society would rather see the issues surrounding the mentally ill simply go away and remain ignored. As social workers, it is our responsibility to make certain that this does not continue. In the following pages we will explore the…show more content…
1700’s) for intervention by gov’ts (1700-1950’s) (and present?) 4.De-institutionalization and privatization 3. Institutionalization and Gov’t of care. intervention of care (1700’s – 1950’s) Before we can fully realize the potential of the Calgary situation we must first understand the issues involved. We have two differing sides to the issue, and the two sides are polarized as to what the issues really are. The first side involves the mentally ill themselves. Their issues are:  Homelessness (people of the “have not”)  No long term care  Joblessness  Cost of living outweighs their limited (if any) income  Poor mental/health care  Substance abuse  Violence  Nothing to do/unaware of their potential contribution to society  No one seems to care/no one wants them in their community  They are at an age where they are most capable and productive (adulthood) The community at large seems to be having the following issues:  Frustration with mentally ill homeless “littering” the street (this is my choice of words)  Fear of the mentally ill  Threatened property values concerning the property owners  They want the Government to take responsibility for the situation  Thriving area wants the homeless to be relocated
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