October 10 was World Mental Health Day, an opportunity to remind everyone of the essential role played by our CIUSSS’s Mental Health and Addiction Program Directorate. The program focuses on supporting those with mental health difficulties and enhancing their well-being. This is achieved by providing non-stigmatizing and quality care and services adapted to their needs and those of their families.
If you or a loved one is in need of mental health resources, help is available around the clock. Begin your path to wellness by visiting the Mental Health webpage of the Government of Quebec.
Members of our CIUSSS staff who may be struggling can also turn to the Employee Assistance Program (note: this intranet link only works from within the CIUSSS) for confidential support. The service is always available at 1-800-361-2433.
A program dedicated to helping 12- to 25-year olds, Aire ouverte, is a safe space in our CIUSSS where youths can visit to receive support in areas related to emotions and mental health and well-being. The Aire ouverte’s multidisciplinary team is made up of professionals including a nurse and a social worker, who offer services that are free, confidential, and available on a flexible schedule.
On the occasion of World Mental Health Day, social media influencer and content creator Livia Martin visited our CIUSSS’s Aire Ouverte site. Ms. Martin is a spokesperson for a campaign on mental health to help youths dealing with psychological distress. Pictured with Ms. Martin (in foreground) are Aire ouverte team members, from left: Social worker Daryl Ross, sexologist Frédérique Simoneau and social worker Pamela Baptiste.