“Your illness does not define you, your strength and courage does.”
Help for Families and Individuals affected by mental illness
Our support groups are offered in a confidential setting for families and friends or for individuals coping with mental illness. Support groups bring together people facing similar challenges. Members often share experiences, knowledge and advice. It can be helpful to know that you are not alone in your experience.
- for families and friends: meeting every 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
- for individuals coping with mental illness: meeting every Monday afternoon 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Sharing your story is both beneficial for you, as well as other group members. We encourage participants to talk about themselves, to listen to each other and to offer support to one another.
Support groups provide the opportunity for people who live with a mental disorder, or their family and friends:
- to alleviate their feeling of isolation;
- to express their worries / concerns / anxiety;
- to support co-operation and to encourage the sharing of experiences amongst themselves and other participants;
- to provide mutual support on all levels;
- to help themselves and others understand and access resources in the area.
An additional objective, specific to support groups for people living with mental illness themselves is to reinforce the capacity of the participants:
- in creating or reinforcing relationships with others;
- in developing new types of social activities.
Services available to the General Public
- Public awareness (information sessions/ educational events)
- Lending library of books, magazines, and DVDs pertaining to mental health
- Free literature (pamphlets and brochures)
- Information kiosks at public events
- promoting and participating in AMIQuébec distance services
Brought to you by Mental Health Estrie or in collaboration with our partners, Bishop’s University and Université de Sherbrooke, professionals offer information sessions on specific disorders. These information sessions are open to the general public, presentations are in English and are free of charge. These sessions include:
- Guest speakers
- Panel discussions
Past discussion topics
- “Prevention of burnout; techniques for self-compassion and taking care of yourself.” Fuschia Sirois, PhD
- “Staying well while caregiving” Dr. Natash Bird, MD
- “Sharing a caregiver’s journey through images, film and lessons learned!” Susan Macauley
- “Spirituality and Mental Health” Dr. Daniel Guimaraes, Dr. Michael Longval, Rev’d. Heather Thompson & Dr. Adrianna Mendrek
- “Optimizing well-being across adulthood” Dr. Heather Lawford, PhD
- “Understanding Depression” Dr. Jean François Trudel, MD, FRCPC, MSc
A variety of books, DVDs, and brochures covering topics such as: Schizophrenia, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar disorder, ADHD/Autism/Childhood disorders, Personality Disorders, Eating Disorders, and Caregiver Information.
- Up-to-date information
- Books of personal accounts
- Books by professionals, psychologists and doctors
Email us for more details on the resources available.
Mental Health Estrie is proud to promote and support the mental health distance education programs of AMI Québec. Enjoy presentations on a variety of mental health topics, brought to you by professionals, such as Psychiatrists, Psychologists and Social Workers. Presentations are in English, free, and interactive so you can ask questions.
For a list of Tele-workshop topics for Fall 2017 click here.
For previously recorded tele-workshops from AMI Québec, click here.
Teleworkshops: Free interactive tele-workshops are available from your own home, or in our office in a small group setting. To participate: from your own home, register with AMI Québec at http://amiquebec.org/teleworkshops/ OR participate via speaker phone in confidential surroundings at the office of MHE at 257 Queen Street, Sherbrooke (Borough of Lennoxville) ; call to register 819-565-3777.
AMI Québec YouTube Channel: Visit AMI Québec’s YouTube channel here for additional information and videos, including a video series on “Navigating the Québec Healthcare System.”