Hot Topics: Q&A live, online

Use your computer, smartphone, or tablet to spend some rewarding time learning about trends in mental illness and mental health. These live, online presentations feature specialists in various fields, including AMI staff, doctors, community workers, and more. The hosts interact with you–you can send in live questions and comments while watching. Registration not necessary, and you do not have to have a Facebook account to watch the presentation. Videos can be watched here at a later date if you miss the live event. 

In Hot Topics, we talk about trends in mental illness and mental health.

In our NEW AMI Spotlight series, we focus on a particular topic and connect it to our services and other services in Montreal. We will shine a spotlight on our support groups, workshops, counselling, and other aspects of what we offer to the community. Discover how we can help you, and get your questions answered about the different topics.

AMI Spotlight: Kaleidoscope (living with mental illness)

Our Kaleidoscope support group is open to anyone living with any mental illness (depression, bipolar, anxiety, OCD, hoarding, schizophrenia, etc.) In this AMI Spotlight event, we will talk about what it’s like to live with a mental illness, where to get help (including at our support groups), and how to live your best life.

June 23
7-8:15 pm

Even if you do not have a Facebook account, you can click HERE on June 23 at 7pm to access the presentation.

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Mental Health & Post Pandemic Realities

We are all going to have varying levels of comfort and discomfort with our new realities as Covid wanes. Join us as we talk about how to manage expectations, anxieties, and changing health restrictions and how this all affects our mental health.

July 15
7-8:15 pm

Even if you do not have a Facebook account, you can click HERE on July 15 at 7pm to access the presentation.

LGBTQ & Mental Health

Issues surrounding sexuality and sexual orientation can cause symptoms of anxiety or depression. LGBTQ individuals (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) can experience poor mental health outcomes as the result of prejudice and other biases they struggle against and the accompanying trauma they may experience. We will talk about how to cope, what to do, and how to help a loved one.

July 29
7-8:15 pm

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Hot Topics: Recordings of Past Events

Calming Techniques

Stress. Anxiety. Anger. Fear. Excitement. Mania. Panic Attacks. Now imagine being able to bring yourself back to your baseline. Let’s talk about some calming techniques and learn some new ways to relax. We want to hear what works for you!

AMI Spotlight: Depression

Depression can be debilitating, can appear at any age, and is one of the most common and treatable mental illnesses. Join us to learn about depression and get your questions answered. We will also talk about how to get help. For example, our depression support group is open to family, friends, and people living with depression–find out if it is the right group for you.

Rural Settings & Mental Health

Living outside an urban area brings challenges when it comes to accessing services. In addition, isolation can have serious mental health implications, and this has been amplified during Covid. Join us as we discuss the various pros and cons of living in a rural setting, how that can affect mental health, and how you can find the mental health help you or a loved one needs.

AMI Spotlight: Family & Friends

What does it mean to be a family caregiver? How can you best support a loved one who is struggling with their mental health? Have you tried our Family & Friends support group? Join us to learn about helping a loved one, and how our services for Family & Friends can help YOU.

Indigenous Realities & Mental Health

Indigenous people in Canada experience an above-average level of mental health challenges. There are many historical, geographical, and societal reasons for this. We will talk about how you can find help for yourself, or learn how to help someone else who is dealing with the realities many Indigenous people face when it comes to mental health.

Affordable Mental Health Services

Accessing mental health services can be complicated and costly. Join the AMI staff as we guide you through various affordable mental health services that are available in Montreal. We will also be live to answer any questions you may have!

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder can be an intimidating diagnosis. Both mania and depression carry their own challenges. On February 18, 2021, we talked about how to manage the symptoms of bipolar and where to get help, and answered your questions about bipolar disorder.

Addiction & Mental Health

Addiction is often seen as a personal choice despite being classified as a mental illness. On January 21, 2021 we talked about addiction to break the stigma and try to get a better understanding of how it affects our mental health. We shared resources and coping mechanisms, and answered your questions. 

Managing Anxiety

Anxiety is a normal and natural response to difficult or stressful situations. But how can you manage anxiety when it begins to affect your daily life? On December 10, 2020 we talked about different scenarios, learned some tips, and shared how to manage anxiety.

Eating Disorders

Under eating, purging, over eating, hiding when you eat. Young or old, men or women, anyone can suffer from an eating disorder. Oftentimes it stems from issues with control and it’s not actually about food. On November 19, 2020, we talked about eating disorders and how they affect people, how to spot it in loved ones, how to help them get help, and so much more.

Racism & Mental Health

Racism in any form can have a strong impact on mental health. On October 15th, join us to discover how you can be an ally or stand up to help people who are struggling, or what to do if racism is affecting your mental health.

Young Carers

Young carers* can struggle with school, friends, or their own mental health. Many young people don’t even realize they are caregivers and don’t know where to go for help. Learn about the struggles faced by young carers, how to support them, and ask questions about being one!

*Young people who provide care and support to family members or other loved ones are considered young carers. Their loved ones can live with a chronic illness, disability, mental health or substance use issue and/or problems related to old age.

Parents Supporting Adolescents

Adolescence can be rough for youth and parents alike! Certain mental illnesses can start to manifest themselves during puberty, but what’s the difference between regular mood swings and the onset of mental illness? On August 13, 2020, we talked about how parents can best support adolescents through these trying times.

Mental Health in the Workplace

On July 16, 2020, AMI staff talked about Mental Health in the Workplace. Discover coping strategies within the workplace, how an employer can best support their staff, good business practices to implement, how to talk to your employer about mental health and so much more.

Borderline Personality Disorder

On June 18, 2020 our Borderline Personality Disorder experts Carl and Sylvie talked about living with and caring for a loved one with BPD. Check out our 2 part recording for their answers to your questions!

Nutrition & Exercise and Mental Health

On May 14, 2020 we explored the connection between what you eat, how much you move, and your mental health. You may be surprised to discover that small changes can add up to make a big difference in your life, no matter what shape you are in right now! 

Relationships and Mental Health

Managing relationships is tough enough, but what about when mental illness plays a role? On April 16, 2020, we talked about having a partner who lives with mental illness, disclosing your mental illness to a partner, maintaining relationships during this pandemic, and much more.

Technology: Helping Mental Health

We’ve all heard the negative things about technology and mental health. On March 20, 2020 we learned about all the ways that technology is helping medical professionals diagnose, treat, and help people suffering from mental illness in their recovery process, including how it can help with the current Coronavirus crisis.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

On January 24, 2020 we spoke to Sgt (ret) Hugh Lawson, CD and Dr. Rameeshay Mubasher about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Trauma can affect anyone! Watch the recording to learn what it looks like, what can cause it or trigger an episode, and how to support a loved one suffering from PTSD.

Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia affects mental processes such as thinking and judgment, sensory perception, and the ability to appropriately interpret and respond to situations. On October 24, 2019, we asked all your questions and got all the answers about schizophrenia from Dr. David Benrimoh and author Susan Doherty.

Effective Communication with Healthcare Professionals

On September 5, 2019, we held our first Facebook Hot Topic Q&A of the season. We spoke with Dr. Carole-Anne Tremblay and Peer Support Worker Lynn Harris about the the basics of speaking to your doctor.

Recovery

In this video, we discuss recovery and living with mental illness but also good mental health. Is it possible to recover from mental illness, or to live a fulfilling life even with mental illness? Yes. How can families help their loved ones while balancing their own needs? This was a live, online event that took place May 29, 2019.

LGBTQ, Gender, and Mental Illness

Issues surrounding sexuality and sexual orientation can cause symptoms of anxiety or depression. LGBTQ individuals (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) can experience poor mental health outcomes as the result of prejudice and other biases they struggle against and the accompanying trauma they may experience. This was a live, online event that took place April 24, 2019.

Canadian Disability Tax Credit

It’s tax season and it can be confusing and complicated to apply for the Canadian Disability Tax Credit. Could you or your loved one be eligible? Jean Claude Benitah joined AMI-Quebec to discuss the basics of the tax credit and recent updates. (You can watch his 2015 video HERE). This was a live event that took place April 4, 2019.

Alternative Treatments for Mental Illness

Beyond medication and therapy there are alternative treatments available for mental illness. AMI-Quebec was joined by Sara Cohen-Fournier, a doctor from McGill University, and An-Phuong Nguyen, Acupuncturist, to discuss such things as exercise, mindfulness, diet, marijuana etc. This was a live online event that took place February 27, 2019.

Marijuana & Mental Illness

Marijuana is now legal. Residents from McGill University’s Department of Psychiatry joined AMI-Quebec live on Facebook to discuss the pros and cons of marijuana usage in relation to mental illness. This was an interactive online event that took place October 24, 2018.

Social Media/Internet Addiction

Residents from McGill University’s Department of Psychiatry joined AMI-Quebec live on Facebook to discuss social media and internet addiction. This was an interactive online event that took place September 12, 2018.

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