Final Performance! Don’t miss Through the Eyes of Caregivers

Don’t miss this final performance! 

Caregivers’ voices and experiences brought to life on stage June 9, 2017. Share in their experience! Limited seating—must reserve in advance. 

AMI-Quebec Action on Mental Illness and The Centre for the Arts in Human Development at Concordia University proudly present Through the Eyes of Caregivers: an ethnodrama on mental illness in the family. Based on the transcriptions of interviews with over twenty caregivers and the video documentation of a four-hour workshop with fourteen caregivers, this play is called an ethnodrama. It is a kind of research in which the report is an artful, dramatic performance of the informants’ portrayals of their lived experience. It is meant to have “emancipatory and educational potential.” In fact, it is a form of health education aiming to create new approaches to any given health situation; in this case, for caregivers of loved ones with a mental illness. After the one-hour performance, there will be a post-show discussion with the audience.

Time: 7:30 pm

Date: June 9, 2017

Place: F.C. Smith Auditorium, Cazalet Theatre, Loyola Campus,
Concordia University, 7141 Sherbrooke West. 

Admission Free. Limited Seating. Reservations are required.
For reservations, call 438-994-3367 or email

Celebrate AMI’s 40th at our AGM!

The Board of Directors cordially invites all to attend

The Annual General Meeting of AMI-Quebec

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
7 pm

Auditorium, Jewish General Hospital Institute of Community and Family Psychiatry
4333 Cote Ste-Catherine Road

Report of Activities ~ Financial Statements ~ Presentation of Awards
Election of the Board for 2017-18 ~ Reception

Awards will be presented to

Sylvie Albert
Serge Beaulieu
Lucie Champagne
Donald Desrosiers
Connie Di Nardo
Anna Beth Doyle
Gilberte Lamoureux
Matthew Pearce

We are looking for a Summer Student!

Thank you for your interest! We have received a large number of applications and the application process is now closed. We will be in touch soon with those candidates selected for an interview. 

Are you a full time student looking for a summer job? We are looking for a summer student! Come and work with a small but dynamic team in a well-respected mental health organization. This job includes administrative duties, some website work, updates, and more. 

Only people who were full time students in 2016-17 and who will be going back to school full time in the fall are eligible. This contract is provided by the Government of Canada. It can be anywhere from 6-16 weeks long (we will know the length of the contract at the beginning of May). Start date in May or June depending on the length of the contract. 

You are:

Computer literate
Very organized
Detail oriented
Able to follow instructions and work independently
Creative and good at problem-solving

You have:

Excellent communication skills in English (both spoken and written)
A working proficiency in French
Knowledge of and an interest in mental illness

Please send a CV, cover letter, and two references to, specifying that you are applying for the summer student position.

While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

AMI-Québec Action on Mental Illness is a non-profit community-based organization committed to helping families cope with the effects of mental illness through support, education, information, and advocacy. Based in Montreal, we have been helping families and people living with mental illness for 40 years. 

Important Support Group Announcement

Due to administrative changes at the Jewish General Hospital, our Monday night support groups now start at 6:30pm. Please don’t be late! 

Why come to a support group? 

AMI-Québec’s support groups provide a warm welcome to everyone. There are support groups for family caregivers only, for those suffering from mental illness, and mixed groups for both. Support groups help participants feel less alone and better understand and cope with the implications of mental illness on their everyday life. Facilitated by people who have experience, either as a caregiver or having lived with mental illness, support groups help you develop a healthy perspective on mental illness, explore coping strategies, and learn about support services and resources in the community.

Click HERE for more details. 


We are on YouTube and SoundCloud

New ways to learn, available 24/7

As the world increasingly moves towards the internet, AMI-Quebec has begun a video and podcast series to provide valuable resources and information online. We’ve created a YouTube channel with a variety of videos including conversations with mental health specialists. Upcoming in our video series, we have a discussion on Psychotic Disorders with The Douglas Institute’s Dr. David Bloom. This spring we will produce a video on Navigating The Quebec Healthcare System. We also have public service announcements on services and workshops available at AMI-Quebec. Finally, there is a video archive of appearances and events from years past that will continue to grow. Click HERE to check out our videos. 

Our second new service is SoundCloud, a home for all of our audio podcasts. SoundCloud is the audio equivalent of YouTube. There you can listen to our recorded Teleworkshops series with local professionals. We also have recordings of presentations like our Low-Beer Memorial Lecture, including last year’s lecture by Dr. Dolores Malaspina on Nature vs Nurture. All of this audio can easily be heard on a computer, or downloaded to a smartphone, so you can listen anywhere. Click HERE to start listening. 

Joining us for this venture is Montreal based filmmaker Ashley Gilmour who will work in tandem with AMI’s Program Coordinator Marc Griffin. All of our videos and podcasts are free; this material is at your disposal twenty-four hours a day from anywhere globally. So check out our YouTube and SoundCloud pages and subscribe—you’ll get an alert every time there is something new to watch or listen. Tune in for more great resources from AMI-Quebec for the digital age. 

Guide for Caregivers

If you have a loved one who is living with mental health challenges, this guide can help YOU!

The Mental Health Caregiver Guide was created to fill a gap in resources for caregivers of persons living with mental illness or experiencing mental health challenges.

It is intended to provide caregivers with helpful tips, tools and information, and includes various activities.

The Guide is divided into two main sections: Caring for You and Caring for the individual (with mental illness). It is further divided into Child, Youth, Adult, and Older Adult sections to reflect caring for individuals across the lifespan and the responsibilities associate with caregiving.

This Guide is a collaboration between Ottawa Public Health (OPH), the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA), and Military Family Services (MFS).

Happy Holidays!

The AMI office will be closed from December 24-January 8 inclusive. There will still be a support group on December 28th on the South Shore.

If you want to leave a message, please call 514-486-1448 for our voicemail (1-877-303-0264 outside Montreal) or email and we will get back to you in the new year. In case of emergency, call 911 or go to your local hospital.

Please continue to explore our website for information about our programs and services, and visit our External Resource list for other organizations that can help you.

We wish you the very best for the holiday season and a happy and healthy 2017!

IMG Happy Holidays

Free by phone: Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety 2

Thank you for your interest! 
Click HERE for the recording of this teleworkshop on our SoundCloud channel. 

Anxiety is something that affects many of us whether we realize it or not. To make things more daunting, there is a spectrum of anxiety disorders including Social Anxiety Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and Panic Disorder.

Join us free by phone on January 25, 2017 from 7-8pm EST for a teleworkshop on Anxiety Disorders. Bring your questions! 

Dr. Camillo Zacchia will be our guest speaker. He will discuss the disorders and their symptoms, and will encourage listeners to ask general questions. Dr. Zacchia is a clinical psychologist at the Douglas Institute and Director of their Mental Health Education Office; he specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders. 

Teleworkshops are information sessions on mental health related issues offered over the telephone. You call in to hear an expert present a topic and you will also have an opportunity to ask questions. This program is free and is especially ideal for families living in remote communities where access to English services may be difficult. You can access our teleworkshops from anywhere in Canada! 

Click HERE for our other teleworkshops. 


BPD Support Group

We are now holding monthly support groups for caregivers to people living with Borderline Personality Disorder. These are open-agenda sessions, where participants share their experiences. The goal is to validate one’s experience, share with people who face similar situations and reduce isolation. Such groups are not content-driven and have no pre-planned agenda. The role of the group facilitator is to ‘manage traffic’ and ensure a healthy flow. Participants in past BPD programs, as well as caregivers who have not attended a program, are welcome. No need to register in advance. 

At the JGH Institute of Family and Community Psychiatry (4333 Cote Ste. Catherine Road).
Join us on the following Mondays from 6:30-8 pm (NEW TIME). 
June 19

Please note that groups start on time; if you arrive late you may not be able to join the group. Some groups fill up quickly, if so you may be directed to another group. 

We offer free information sessions on BPD! Click HERE for details. 

For information about our other support groups, click HERE
For information about our next Family Connections program, click HERE

Or give us a call: 514-486-1448


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Mindfulness: Learn to be happier

Would you like to learn to be 10% happier, or perhaps even more?

Join us for a 2-hour introduction training in mindfulness. It’s a wonderful practice originally developed by Dr. Kabat-Zinn to help people suffering from stress and chronic pain. It is now being taught all over the world as a coping skill to manage all types of stress and to bring more joy into people’s lives.

Learn how to access and let go of the mind traps that keep you locked in stressful patterns of reactivity. Come develop a skill that will help keep stress at bay, reset your physiological baseline, and integrate your practice in daily life. You’ll feel calmer, happier and more aware of the present moment. This is an experiential seminar where everyone present will actively participate in the exercises. 

We are also offering Mindfulness Meditation. These will be one hour meditation sessions. 

Led by Julia Brochocka, Mindfulness Instructor, at the AMI office (5800 Decarie).

This workshop is free and open to both people living with mental illness and their families and loved ones, but space is limited and you must register in advance. Please complete the form below or give us a call at 514-486-1148. 

Upcoming 2017 Workshops: 

Mindfulness Meditation
(You may register for as many sessions as you wish; space is limited)
February 1, 10-11am
February 8, 10-11am

Dates in May 2017 to be determined

You may also be interested in our other workshops. Click HERE for details. 

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