Support Groups

AMI-Québec’s support groups provide a warm welcome to everyone. We are here for you! There are support groups for family caregivers, for those suffering from mental illness, and some mixed groups for both. Support groups help participants feel less alone and better understand and cope with the effects 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.

Like all our programs, our support groups are free!

NEW!

Support groups are taking place online by video conference

(You can still join us by phone)

Join us on Google Meet by clicking on the appropriate group below.

Support Groups on Monday, September 14 at 6:30pm EST

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Support Group on Wednesday, September 16 at 6:30pm EST

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Support Groups on Monday, September 21 at 6:30pm EST

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(Kaleidoscope is for people living with any mental illness)

Support Groups on Monday, October 5 at 6:30pm EST

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Frequently Asked Questions

For family, friends, and people living with mental illness:

  • Anxiety / OCD
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression
  • Hoarding

For family and friends only:

  • Family & Friends
  • Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) for Families
  • South Shore

For people living with mental illness only:

  • Kaleidoscope

All mental illnesses are welcome at Family and Friends and at Kaleidoscope (including schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, hoarding, OCD, etc) and an official diagnosis is not necessary.

Groups begin promptly at 6:30pm EST. Latecomers may not be admitted. There will be an introduction with instructions and news. Online groups are similar to an in-person support group; you will be able to talk and listen and there will be a facilitator leading the conversation. If possible, please be in a quiet place to minimize background noise. Meetings end at 8pm.

No! Just click on the button for your group (see the list above) shortly before 6:30pm.

Support groups do not have a set agenda or topic. The conversation comes from the people in the group. They are facilitated by volunteers (trained by AMI, not doctors) who have experience with mental illness in themselves or in a loved one. Because you do not have to register in advance, we never know how many people will be attending; it can be anywhere from a few people to 15 or more. Support groups are confidential. You do not have to give your real name, and you contribute to the conversation as much or as little as you’d like.

Support groups are predominantly conducted in English but discussion can be bilingual. Si vous cherchez de l’aide en français, contactez Avant de craquer  1-855-272-7837 ou AQPAMM 514-524-7131.

All groups are for adults only (18+). If you are looking for support for yourself or a loved one, click HERE for youth resources.

Our feedback indicated that people wanted to see each other and had trouble figuring out who was speaking on the phone, especially in larger groups.  Facilitators could no longer “see body language” of participants, making their roles more difficult. Also people with hearing issues had difficulty having a phone to their ear for 90 minutes. Google Meet is also free, compared to the telephone technology we used before.

Yes, there is a dial in number for each event. Click HERE for the list. Please note that it is a Canadian number and you may be charged for long distance if you don’t have a Canada-wide long distance plan.

If you are a professional (social worker, counsellor, doctor etc.) who would like to observe one of our support groups, please contact Marc by emailing program@amiquebec.org for approval. Thank you.

We are in unprecedented times during the Covid-19 pandemic. AMI-Quebec’s top priority is the safety of our participants, volunteers, and staff. We will not hold in-person events until we are certain there is a low risk to our entire community. Click HERE to sign up for monthly email updates for information.

We encourage everyone to actively participate in groups. Please join us–you will see that we are welcoming and inclusive. That said, you need only talk about what you are comfortable with sharing with the group. Everyone is given the opportunity to speak, as well as the right to be silent. You may turn off your camera if you wish.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call AMI at 514-486-1448 or email program@amiquebec.org.

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