Mental health is everyone’s business. With the pandemic, we learned to talk more openly about it and see it as a shared challenge. But it can be hard to figure out who the experts are in mental health, who to turn to in need, and even who to believe. Who should you listen to when […]Continue readingMental health: which area of expertise, and who to turn to
Maryse is a Black woman of Haitian origin living in Montreal. She is a nurse, and a few weeks ago, a patient refused her care because of her skin colour. This was not the first time Maryse has experienced this sort of discrimination. Unfortunately, it is part of her life, but since this incident, she […]Continue readingMental health promotion through the prism of intersectionality: better understanding for more effective action
In October, I took a break from social media. I needed to focus on myself, my values, and my priorities. People say that disconnecting from social media helps you better connect with yourself. I would finally have time for other activities and read the books piled up on my bedside table. But it wasn’t the […]Continue readingMaintaining a Healthy Relationship with Digital Technology
5:00 p.m. – I’m getting ready to go to a family dinner. I feel the stress starting to mount. I can already imagine the questions about my career, love life, and finances, but no one will take an interest in how I really feel. 6:00 p.m. – On the metro, I scroll through social media […]Continue readingHappiness at all costs? Handling negative emotions over the holidays
Feeling the post-holiday blues? Unsure how you will keep your resolutions now that you are back to your normal routine? Confused about how to navigate the start of a new year? You are not alone. For many, the new year is a period that reinvigorates and renews hope for the year to come. For […]Continue readingLet’s talk resolutions
This article is brought to you by the CMHA-National and ParticipACTION to raise awareness of the mental health benefits of physical activity and provide actionable solutions to Move for your Mood! Move for your Mood As the winter days get shorter, darker and colder, many of us have less energy and a lower mood. […]Continue readingMove for your mood
Webinar recap In November 2020, the Canadian Mental Health Association – Montreal Branch had the privilege of hosting two incredible guests for the webinar “Men’s Mental Health: so different from women’s mental health?” (Webinar available in French). Our guests were Pierre L’Heureux, an adult educator and member of the Ordre des travailleurs sociaux et des thérapeutes conjugaux et familiaux du Québec, and Jean Giroux-Gagnée, a neuropsychologist and clinical psychologist, and member of […]Continue readingToxic masculinity, a barrier to men’s mental health?
The use of psychoactive substances (alcohol, cannabis, other drugs) is an issue that has been aggravated during the COVID-19 pandemic. In Canada, during April 2020 and March 2021, 17 deaths per day were associated with fatal overdoses, an 88% increase compared to the same period before to the pandemic1. 87% of these deaths were believed to be related to opioid intoxication involving fentanyl1. 100 times more […]Continue readingDistress, fentanyl and overdose, our teens in all of this?
Anne works in a youth centre. For the past few weeks, she has been sensing heavy emotions from some of the young people in her group, but she is having a hard time getting them to express what they are feeling. She decides to explore a new approach to foster openness and dialogue by organizing […]Continue readingArt in support of mental health
This article is not about returning to work post-pandemic, but rather about Simon, who is going back to work after a three-month absence for a mental health problem. On September 20, 2021, Simon went back to work. Human Resources, Simon, and his supervisor mutually agreed upon a gradual return to work and a partial resumption […]Continue readingWhy are my colleagues concerned about my return to work?