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ACCESSING MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

 

LOCAL SERVICES

 

+ General Mental Health and Support Services

Ami Québec - Grassroots organization committed to helping families manage the effects of mental illness through support, education, guidance and advocacy. Offers support groups, information sessions, and coping skills workshops for caregivers, among other things.

Donald Berman Up House - A working clubhouse exclusively for people with diagnosed psychiatric problems.

Forward House - Community-based services and programs for adults who have experienced or are experiencing mental health difficulties.

Friends for Mental Health - Support and resources for family and friends of people suffering with mental illness.

La Parentrie – Support services and resources for family and friends of people suffering from severe and persistent mental health issues.

Mental Illness Foundation - Mental health promotion and resources.

Revivre - Non-profit organization that helps people with anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder and their families.

+ Specific Mental Health Services

ADDICTIONS

Foster Addiction Rehabilitation Centre

Griffith Edwards, MUHC Addictions Unit

ADHD

Clinique TDAH de Montréal - Evaluation and treatment of attention deficit with or without hyperactivity, in adolescents and adults.

ANXIETY

Connecte Montreal Psychology Group – Private psychotherapy clinic specialized in treating anxiety, depression, eating disorders, body image issues, and chronic pain in children, adolescents, and adults. Nutritional counselling is also available.

Phobies-zéro – A non-profit organization offering group support and a help line for individuals, adolescents and adults, suffering from anxiety disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder.

ART & ART THERAPY

Art Hives - Community art studio that welcomes everyone as an artist.

L’Atelier - Centre for persons with mental health issues. Through the creation of art, promotes the development of autonomy, coordination, dexterity, concentration and memory.

Studio Seed - Private therapy clinic, promoting psychological well-being through the creative art therapies (art therapy, drama therapy and music therapy) and yoga.

AUTISM

Autisme Montréal - Support services for the parents of children with autism or pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), high-functioning persons with autism or Asperger’s syndrome, as well as professionals and students.

COUPLE & FAMILY THERAPY SERVICES

Couple and Family Therapy Service, Jewish General Hospital

Sex and Couples, MUHC Department of Psychology

DEPRESSION

Connecte Montreal Psychology Group – Private psychotherapy clinic specialized in treating anxiety, depression, eating disorders, body image issues, and chronic pain in children, adolescents, and adults. Nutritional counselling is also available.

The Emotional Health CBT Clinic – Private psychotherapy clinic offering group therapy for depression, using a cognitive behavioral therapy approach.

EATING DISORDERS, BODY IMAGE & WEIGHT-RELATED ISSUES

ANEB - Non-profit organization offering various services including support groups, resources, listening helpline, and conferences for individuals suffering from eating disorders, and their friends and family.

Connecte Montreal Psychology Group – Private psychotherapy clinic specialized in treating anxiety, depression, eating disorders, body image issues, and chronic pain in children, adolescents, and adults. Nutritional counselling is also available.

Eating Disorders Program, Douglas Mental Health University Institute – Offers specialized clinical services for people 18 years and older who suffer from anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa. Services include out-patient care (individual, family/couple, and group therapy), nutritional counselling, day program and day hospital, as well as in-patient care.

ÉquiLibre – Non-profit organization with the goal of preventing and reducing problems related to weight and body image in the population, as well as encouraging and facilitating the development of a positive body image and healthy lifestyles. Various programs, resources, and training for professionals are offered.

Hôpital Sainte-Justine: Clinique de médecine de l'adolescence - Services for older adolescents between 11 and 18 who are struggling with an eating disorder.

McGill Eating Disorder Program - Clinic providing services for individuals with an eating disorder. Only for full-time students at McGill University.

Montréal Children’s Hospital - Assessment and treatment for pre-adolescents and adolescents with anorexia or bulimia nervosa. A multidisciplinary approach is offered, including individual and family therapy as well as clinical nutrition. Telehealth services are available on demand.

National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC) - Non-profit organization providing resources for eating disorders and weight preoccupation.

FORENSIC PSYCHIATRY

Institut Philippe-Pinel - Psychiatric hospital, specialized in forensic psychiatry and in the assessment, the treatment and the management of patients presenting with a risk of violent behaviour.

MINDFULNESS/MEDITATION

Mindspace – Private psychology clinic offering mindfulness-based and cognitive behavioral therapies, as well as mindfulness workshops for the public and training for professionals.

PAIN

Connecte Montreal Psychology Group – Private psychotherapy clinic specialized in treating anxiety, depression, eating disorders, body image issues, and chronic pain in children, adolescents, and adults. Nutritional counselling is also available.

MUHC Pain Centre

POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER

Institut Universitaire en Santé Mentale de Montréal - Help and resources for people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

L’Institut Alpha – Private psychology clinic with psychologists, osteopaths, and massotherapists specialized in the treatment of anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. Yoga, meditation and relaxation classes are also given in the studio of the Institut.

SCHIZOPHRENIA

Société Québécoise de la Schizophrénie - Support groups for families of people with schizophrenia.

+ Mental Health Services in Hospitals

DOUGLAS HOSPITAL:

JEWISH GENERAL HOSPITAL:

MUHC DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY

ST. MARY'S PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES

+ Mental Health Services in Universities

Concordia - Applied Psychology Centre

McGill Counselling

McGill Eating Disorder Program

McGill Mental Health

Université de Montréal

UQÀM - Le centre de services psychologiques de l’UQÀM (CSP)

+ Crisis Centres

L'entremise - 24/7 crisis line, short-term housing, community follow-up, and reference service (514-351-9592).

Le transit - 24/7 crisis line, crisis intervention, short-term housing, community follow-up, and reference service (514-528-7768).

Tracom - 24/7 crisis line, short-term housing, community follow-up, and reference service (514-483-3033).

+ Helplines

ANEB - Help and referral line, as well as online chat, for people directly affected by an eating disorder, families and friends, community workers and health professionals (514-630-0907 or 1-800-630-0907). Helpline hours: 8am to midnight from Monday to Friday; 12pm to midnight Saturday and Sunday.

Gai Écoute - Telephone listening service available to all those concerned with sexual orientation and gender identity. Online chat support also available (1-888-505-1010). Helpline hours: Monday through Sunday from 8am to midnight.

Kids Help Phone - Bilingual, confidential and anonymous, telephone and online counselling service for kids, teens, and young adults (1-800-668-6868). Helpline hours: 24/7

Phobies-zéro - Listening, support, information, suggestions or references for those suffering from problems such as anxiety, irrational fears, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (514-276-3105 or 1-866-922-0002). Helpline hours: 9am to 9pm, Monday through Friday.

Project 10 listening line - Listening line, peer counselling and accompaniment, drop-in, advocacy, workshops, and trans health (514-989-4585). Helpline hours: Monday through Thursday from 12pm to 6 pm.

Revivre - Non-profit organization that helps people with anxiety, depression or bipolar disorder and their families (514-738-4873). Helpline hours: 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday.

Suicide Action Montreal - Support services, crisis workers and monitoring for people who are at risk of committing suicide, for friends and family and people affected by suicide (514-723-4000 or 1-866-APPELLE/1-866-277-3553). Helpline hours: 24/7

Tel-aide – Bilingual listening service, anonymous and confidential (514-935-1101). Helpline hours: 24/7

+ Specific Populations

LGBTQ

ASTT(e)Q - Promotes the health and well-being of trans people through peer support and advocacy, education and outreach, and community empowerment and mobilization.

Centre for Gender Advocacy (Concordia University) - Services and resources offered free of charge to the Concordia and greater Montreal community in the form of peer support and advocacy, safe sex resources, and trans health resources, as well as advocacy for murdered and missing indigenous women.

Gai Écoute - Telephone listening service available to all those concerned with sexual orientation and gender identity. Online chat support also available (1-888-505-1010).

Head and Hands - Medical, social, and legal services for youth, taking a harm-reductive, holistic, and non-judgmental approach.

Project 10 listening line - Listening line, peer counselling and accompaniment, drop-in, advocacy, workshops, and trans health (514-989-4585).

OLDER PERSONS/PERSONS LIVING WITH A LOSS OF AUTONOMY

Meals on Wheels Service (Santropol Roulant) - Delivers freshly-prepared meals to the homes of individuals living with a loss of autonomy, including older persons.

Nourishing Care – Home care nutrition counselling, founded by registered dietician Lisa Rutledge, that caters to the special needs of seniors.

The Yellow Door - Weekly home visits to seniors and accompaniments to the hospital and other appointments.

SPECIAL NEEDS

Miriam Home and Services - Services and support for people living with intellectual disabilities or pervasive developmental disorders.

Montreal Fluency Centre (MFC) - Assessment and treatment of children and youth with speech and language disorders, including stuttering and apraxia of speech.

WOMEN

Chez Doris - Women’s drop-in centre.

Continuité Famille auprès des Détenues (CFAD) – Support and programs for women with a criminal record.

YOUTH

Head and Hands - Medical, social, and legal services for youth, taking a harm-reductive, holistic, and non-judgmental approach.

+ Employment Services and Volunteering

Centre Jeunesse-Emploi - Supports youth aged 16 to 35 in their educational, professional, creative and entrepreneurial projects to enable them to access the job market in Montreal and elsewhere.

Volunteer Bureau of Montreal – Offers services for finding volunteer activities, provides training workshops for volunteer resource managers, organizes volunteer fairs, and provides support to various Meals on Wheels and Community Lunch groups.

Yes Montreal – Provides extensive province-wide job search services for youth and young adults (ages 16 – 35) including one-on-one career counselling, workshops and webinars.

 

ONLINE RESOURCES

 

+ Articles

Beauty Refined: 5-Step Game Plan to Feel Better About Your Body. Check out this article for tips on how to feel better about your body and counter the not-so-body-positive messages we are bombarded with every day!

There’s More to Life Than Being Happy: This article explores what it means to lead a meaningful life and how giving oneself to others, experiencing negative events and suffering, and having a clearly defined purpose contribute to meaning.

+ Audio and Podcasts

Guided Meditations – Various free downloadable audio guided meditations by Tara Brach.

Guided Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction - Free audio guides to support your mindfulness practice, provided by the University of California San Diego Centre for Mindfulness. (Note: Click “cancel” when it asks for a username and password).

Guided Mindfulness Meditation: Practices with Jon Kabat-Zinn – Guided mindfulness meditation with Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn.

+ Blogs posts

Autonomy, Mastery, Purpose: The Science of What Motivates Us, Animated (Maria Popova) – Explores the question of how to avoid meaningless labor and instead find fulfilling work.

Busy-ness is Laziness (Dr. Reggie Ray) – An interesting article on the benefits of meditation and how “busy-ness” gets in the way.

+ Information Resources

7 Cups of Tea - Free, anonymous, and confidential online chat with trained volunteer listeners, as well as self-help resources.

Anxiety BC – Cognitive behavioral therapy resource documents in printable PDF formats with helpful “how to” tips for managing anxiety.

Beauty Redefined – Online education, including a blog and 8-week body image resilience program, empowering social media posts, and popular speaking engagements geared towards body acceptance and developing a positive body image.

Canadian Mental Health Association, Montreal branch - Programs, resources, and publications related to mental health:

Centre for Clinical Interventions (CCI) – Cognitive behavioral therapy resources and handouts for the public and medical professionals.

Emotionally Vague – Results of a research project aimed at identifying emotions and understanding how feelings are experienced in the body and in the mind.

Procrastination Research Group - Blog posts, podcasts, self-help tips and other resources from the Procrastination Research Group at Carleton University, with a focus on overcoming procrastination.

Psychology Fact Sheets - Brief descriptions of mental health issues and treatment approaches.

Psychology Tools - A variety of resources for clients and health professionals, for a range of therapies and mental health issues.

The Antidepressant Skills Workbook (ASW) – Free self-care guide to understanding depression and how it is managed from a cognitive behavioral therapy perspective.

+ Mobile Apps

CBT-i Coach – App geared towards treating insomnia based on cognitive behavioural therapy that seeks to change sleeping habits and scheduling factors, as well as misconceptions about sleep and insomnia.

Headspace – App that makes learning and practicing mindfulness and meditation techniques convenient and easy.

Mindshift - An app for teens and young adults designed to help with anxiety. You will learn how to relax, develop more helpful ways of thinking, and take active steps in reducing anxiety.

MyCBT – Guides you through a series of behavioural, cognitive, and emotional activities designed to overcome common mental health problems.

OMG I can meditate – Simple meditation and relaxation techniques that can be used wherever and whenever you may need them that take only 10 minutes a day.

Pocket CBT – Thought records and thought challenging in an easy-to-use, convenient format. Commonly used to treat depression and anxiety.

Recovery Record – An app for eating disorders treatment. Includes tracking (food journals), meal logs, coping skills, data and charts, and secure messaging.

+ Online Therapy and Support

7 Cups of Tea - Free, anonymous, and confidential online chat with trained volunteer listeners, as well as self-help resources.

Body image resilience – Online 8-week program that incorporates text, images, video, in-program journaling, and tracking personal progress for girls and women (ages 14+) to develop a positive body image and body image resilience.

Joyable – Online cognitive behavioral therapy program with support from trained coaches to overcome social anxiety.

Koko – Peer to peer mental health. A private social network where people can anonymously share their daily struggles. Still being tested; follow the link to be put on the waiting list.

Pacifica – Free self-help app for iPhone and Android aimed at breaking the anxiety cycle. Based on cognitive behavioral therapy, this app provides daily tools for dealing with the difficulties of anxiety.

+ Videos and Vodcasts

Brene Brown: The Power of Vulnerability - Cited as being one of the most successful Ted talks of all time. This is a powerful and engaging talk on living a fuller life by allowing ourselves to be authentic and vulnerable.

Headstuck! What is Experiential Avoidance? - This short video talks about why trying to avoid our difficult thoughts and feelings often backfires and keeps us “stuck” in unhelpful patterns of thought, emotion, and behaviour.

Understanding Pain in less than 5 minutes, and what to do about it! - This easy-to-follow video will help you gain a better understanding of chronic pain.

 

BOOKS

 

+ Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life: The New Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (Steven Hayes) – This self-help book will guide you through mindfulness and acceptance and commitment therapy techniques.

The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living: A Guide to ACT (Russ Harris and Steven Hayes) – Presents Acceptance and Commitment Therapy techniques with the goal of reducing stress and worry, handling painful feelings and thoughts more effectively, breaking self-defeating habits, and overcoming insecurity and self-doubt.

+ Anxiety & Mood

Anxiety Free (Robert L. Leahy) – Provides step-by-step guides to overcoming the fears associated with various anxiety disorders.

Change Your thinking: Overcome stress, anxiety, depression, and improve your life with CBT (Sarah Edelman) – This self-help book illustrates how to use the principles of CBT to develop rational thought patterns in response to upsetting emotions and situations, to take control of your thoughts, emotions and feelings, as well as to achieve a happier and more balanced life.

Feeling Good (David D. Burns) – Dr. David Burns explains how to fight off feelings of depression to develop a greater level of self-esteem.

Mind Over Mood (Dennis Greenberger and Christine A. Padesky) – Self-help book that teaches cognitive behavioral skills. This workbook includes checklists, reminder boxes, worksheets, and mood measures.

The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook (Edmund Bourne) – Teaches skills necessary to managing your anxiety based on a range of proven methods.

The Worry Cure: Seven Steps to Stop Worry from Stopping You (Robert L. Leahy) – A seven-step program that will allow you to identify, challenge, and overcome all types of worry, including general worries as well as some specific common areas of worry, geared towards anyone ranging from the chronic worrier to the occasional ruminator.

+ Behaviour

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We do in Life and Business (Charles Duhigg) - Explains why habits exist and how they can be changed. Argues that the key to exercising regularly, losing weight, being more productive, and achieving success is understanding how habits work.

+ Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Workbook (Matthew McKay) – Self-help book for mental health problems characterized by overwhelming emotions. Skills are taught in four key areas –distress tolerance, mindfulness, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.

Loving Someone with Borderline Personality Disorder: How to Keep Out-of-Control Emotions from Destroying Your Relationship (Shari Manning) – Learn to use simple yet powerful strategies that can defuse crises, establish better boundaries, and radically transform your relationship with a loved one who has difficulty regulating emotions. Grounded in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).

+ Eating, Body Image, and Weight

The Body Image Workbook (Thomas Cash) – An empirically validated cognitive behavioral self-help program for body image problems, which incorporates self-monitoring, journaling, mirror exposure therapy and techniques from mindfulness therapy.

Overcoming Binge Eating, 2nd edition (Christopher Fairburn) - A self-help guide to better understanding why you binge eat and learn how to stop the binge eating cycle.

+ Mindfulness

Full Catastrophe Living (Jon Kabat-Zinn) – A guide to using the practice of mindfulness to help you face stress, pain, and illness.

The Mindful Way Through Depression (Williams, Teasdale, Segal, and Kabat-Zinn) – A self-help guide in how to use mindfulness training to prevent and treat depression.

+ Pain and Illness

Managing Chronic Pain (John D. Otis) – A cognitive behavioral therapy workbook to help you manage chronic pain.

+ Parents and Loved Ones

“I’m, Like, SO Fat!” Helping Your Teen Make Healthy Choices about Eating and Exercise in a Weight-Obsessed World (Dianne Neumark-Sztainer) – A guide for parents to learn how to help their teens make healthy choices about eating and exercise while developing a positive body image.

Loving Someone with Borderline Personality Disorder: How to Keep Out-of-Control Emotions from Destroying Your Relationship (Shari Manning) – Learn to use simple yet powerful strategies that can defuse crises, establish better boundaries, and radically transform your relationship with a loved one who has difficulty regulating emotions. Grounded in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).

+ Self-Esteem and Self-Compassion

The Compassionate Mind: A New Approach to Life's Challenges (Paul Gilbert) - This book combines compassion focused therapy (CFT), attachment theory, neuroscience, and mindfulness practices to help you develop a compassionate mind, and a better you.

Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha (Tara Brach) – This self-help book teaches us to alleviate fear and shame and build loving, authentic relationships with ourselves and others through radical acceptance.

Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind (Kristin Neff) - A step-by-step guide explaining how to be more self-compassionate.

• Self-Esteem (Matthew McKay and Patrick Fanning) – Self-help book to improve the way you feel about yourself and to find more effective ways of dealing with criticism.

The Self-Esteem Companion (Fanning, Honeychurch, Sutker, and MacKay) - Simple exercises to help you challenge your inner critic and celebrate your personal strengths.

+ Sleep

The Insomnia Workbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Getting the Sleep You Need (Stephanie Silberman) – A workbook based on cognitive behavioral strategies with the goal of helping you understand your insomnia and create a plan to overcome it and get some sleep.