In order for children to thrive, parents must first take care of themselves. However, in the context of the pandemic, lockdowns and curfew, many parents have seen their mental health decline.
Experiencing anxiety, depressive symptoms, or distress is a very human and even common response. But no one should be left alone with their psychological distress. Here is a directory of mental health resources for parents who are struggling. All of these services are free.
All of these telephone services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Social Info 811
A telephone line from the Government of Quebec that allows you to quickly reach a psychosocial worker. An assessment will be completed, then the worker can direct people to appropriate resources. You just have to dial 811 from anywhere in the province.
This site provides professional listening and support for parents. It is possible to send an email, chat with a counselor or speak to a person by dialing 1 800 361-5085.
Suicide prevention: 1-866-APPELLE
A suicide prevention line for anyone living with distress, anxiety, depression, addiction problems or a crisis leading to disorganization. The number: 1 866 277-3553.
SOS conjugal violence
The resource to consult if you are experiencing a domestic violence situation or if you have questions about certain actions or events. The number to dial: 1-800-363-9010.
A telephone line to be contacted as a priority for listening and assistance in the face of anxiety, stress, addiction problems or difficult relationships. The telephone number: 514 935-1101.
Quebec mental health movement
This organization brings together contact information for a host of mental health organizations, ranging from anxiety disorders to depression and addiction issues. A list of centers that take calls for help directly is also available.
A resource that allows parents to consult during difficult times for any question concerning parent-child relationships. Parents can get help by email, chat and phone at 514 525-2573 or 1-866-329-4223. Telephone service is available Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
This is a tool set up by the Quebec Federation of Community Organizations for the Family, which offers confidential support to parents. You can complete a form online or leave a message at 1 844 397-2695.
An organization that offers virtual support groups on depression and other mental health issues, as well as a crisis line: 1-866-738-4873.
Any thoughts of suicide are worrying and should be addressed. This site offers to communicate directly with a worker, but also provides a lot of information and help both for those who are thinking about suicide and those who are worried about a loved one. A live chat service is available Wednesday through Sunday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Wellness Center Canada
A federal government site that offers an online mental health self-assessment, with results available in just minutes. Self-guided resources, courses and applications are then offered to support individuals on their journey to wellness.
Mental health Quebec
This Quebec government page provides information on mental health, including in the context of the pandemic. The site also describes mental illnesses and ways to prevent and deal with them.
How are you?
Set up by the Integrated University Health and Social Services Center of the West Island of Montreal, this informative kit provides a good context for what psychological distress is and how to deal with it.
This article was written by Marie-Ève Laforte for Naître et grandir.