These activities help to raise awareness and community or public network partners to the reality of members of family or friends of a person with mental illness. They also help raise awareness on various issues of mental health in order to fight against stigma and taboos.

Lakeshore Hospital Liaison

image: Lakeshore hospitalA volunteer Liaison Representative is available on the premises of the Lakeshore General Hospital to provide support for families who have a mentally ill family member either waiting evaluation in emergency or residing on the 4-East psychiatric ward.

Tailored presentation (schools, police, etc.)

BHSWe offer customized presentations in different settings (school, workplace, police force, community, etc.) to increase the general awareness of mental illness and to decrease the stigma surrounding it in order to facilitate access to mental health services.

Promotional kiosks

Congres enseignantsWe were at the Annual Convention of Quebec Provincial Association of Teachers, November 27th and 28th 2015, at Palais des Congrès de Montréal. It was a great opportunity to introduce our organization to teachers and other professionals in schools, talk with them about mental health and to present our services. Increasingly informed of mental illness issues (especially due to the stigma), these professionals can better cope with the major challenges they are facing and better know the resources at their disposal to help young people. A taboo subject in this age range, youth are even more affected by the illness of their loved one and they don’t dare to speak about it. Just by letting them know about this new support group is a giant step towards their well-being.

Awareness Campain: West Island Community Share walk, October 8th, 2015

Thursday, October 8rd, 2015, West Island community organizations gathered at the Civic Center in Dollard-des-Ormeaux for the annual walk to launch WICS’ sixteenth fundraising.

Montreal Walks for Mental Health October 4th, 2015

The 5th edition of Montreal Walk for Mental Health was held on Sunday, October 4th, 2015.
More than a thousand people have walked the 5km circuit starting at the Square Philips (Montreal).