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SSO prepares students for their future

Fall is an exciting time at SSO. It means a new group of students will be helping us to support families and individuals who live with schizophrenia and psychosis, while gaining the real word experience they’ll need to move forward in their future careers. From intake where we help people in need of resources and services to data analysis and collaborating on new mental health policy, there are plenty of exciting opportunities at SSO. Below are some of the great students furthering their education at SSO this year.

Lili is a fourth year student in the joint York University-Seneca Rehabilitation program and is currently working in SSO’s Programs department. Lili has been assisting with intake and registering clients for our Strengthening Families Together (SFT) group sessions. She’s excited about the opportunity to work in a field she’s passionate about, especially since it means having a tangible and lasting positive impact on the lives of others.  “Growing up, I always saw myself doing something that helps people in some way. I developed an interest in mental health shortly after my brother’s friend was diagnosed with schizophrenia,” Lili says. Her aim is to reduce the stigma that’s often associated with mental illness, and help people lead healthier and happier lives.

Melody works in SSO’s Policy department. She is currently in her final year of the Master of Social Work program at
 the University of Toronto, and this is Melody’s second placement with a mental health organization. “I wanted to gain experience that would add to what I was learning in school,” Melody says. “I was seeking an organization that actively frames its work through social justice and anti-oppressive practice. After learning about SSO , it’s work, goals, and the learning opportunities available for students, I felt it would be the right fit for me.”  She is also engaged in coalition work, which helps her learn about advocacy and systems change. In the future, Melody hopes to  work with refugees and immigrant communities to address the unique needs resulting from the trauma of  persecution, forced migration, acculturation, and raising children who are negotiating various cultural expectations.