A Canadian mother who lost her son while he fought for ISIS says she’s holding on to hope yesterday’s Federal funding announcement will help people stay out of the radicalization trap.
Christianne Boudreau, who previously lived in Calgary, says she tried to find help for her son, Damian.
With resources still limited, Boudreau says it’s up to those close to the person at risk to try and help them.
“The way I look at it is, that’s the only way – is that we have to be open, we have to come together, we have to be honest about it. It’s something that we can’t keep hidden under the rug. We have to help each other because, who is going to help us?”
Boudreau says friends and family who search for help – as she’d done for her son, Damian – still face barriers.
“Once you do come out, and reach out for that help, sometimes, the judgement’s that are placed against you by members of the community or various mental health organizations that you’re looking for help for, they just turn a blind eye, and turn away.”
Yesterday, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale announced the Feds were pledging more money to help our country become a global leader in understanding and countering radicalization.