Convenient and easy ways to learn

Hot Topics

Use your computer or smartphone to spend some rewarding time learning about trends in mental illness and mental health. These videos are presented live by specialists in various fields. The hosts interact with you, and you can send in live questions and comments through Facebook while watching. Registration not necessary, and you do not have to have a Facebook account to watch the presentation. Videos can be watched at a later date if you miss the live event. 

Technology: Helping Mental Health

We’ve all heard the negative things about technology and mental health. Join us as we learn about all the ways that technology is helping medical professionals diagnose, treat, and help people suffering from mental illness in their recovery process!

March 19, 2020
7-8 pm

If you do not have a Facebook account, click HERE on March 19 at 7pm to access the presentation. You will not be able to ask questions, but you will be able to watch, listen, and learn!

Do you have a question about technology and mental health that you would like answered live on March 19?

0 + 3 = ?

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

Sign up for our emails to stay in touch
You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

Hot Topics: Recordings of Past Events

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 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.


Is it possible to recover from mental illness? Yes. Is it possible to live a fulfilling life even with mental illness? Yes. How can families help their loved ones on their recovery journey? How can you balance the needs of a loved one with your own needs? In this Hot Topics event, we discuss recovery and living with mental illness but also good mental health. 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 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, online 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 an interactive 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

The world has changed dramatically in the wake of the internet, mobile phones, and social media. In this live Facebook event, residents of McGill University’s Department of Psychiatry discussed how these technologies relate to mental illness, addiction, and coping strategies for the digital world we live in today. This was an interactive online event that took place September 12, 2018.

Online Learning, available 24-7

Want to learn on your own time, at your own pace? AMI has YouTube and SoundCloud channels, both available 24/7! Find all kinds of mental health information.

YouTube and SoundCloud can are easy to access on a computer or a smartphone, so you can learn anywhere. 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.

We’ve created a YouTube channel with a variety of videos, including:

  • Conversations with mental health specialists on anxiety, psychotic disorders, navigating the healthcare system, and more.
  • Public service announcements on services and workshops available at AMI-Quebec.
  • An archive of appearances and events from years past that will continue to grow.

SoundCloud is the audio equivalent of YouTube. Here you can listen to:

  • Teleworkshop recordings with local professionals, on types of mental illness, talking to your doctor, anxiety disorders, and more.
  • Recordings of presentations like our Low-Beer Memorial Lecture, including last year’s lecture by Dr. Dolores Malaspina on Nature vs Nurture.
  • Interviews such as homelessness and mental health, and how caregivers deal with loved ones’ mental health issues.