Upcoming Workshops

All our workshops are FREE. In person workshops are held at the AMI office, 5800 Decarie and you must register in advance!

Workshops that are marked “online” do not require registration, can be viewed from anywhere, and are recorded so you can watch later if you miss the live event.

If a workshop is marked FULL or PAST, don’t despair. It will likely be offered again. Click HERE to sign up for our emails and be notified of new programs and dates.

Please note that space is limited in our workshops and there may be a waiting list.

Questions?

Call 514-486-1448

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

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 joins AMI-Quebec to discuss the basics of the tax credit and recent updates. (You can watch his 2015 video HERE). Join us for a rare opportunity to ask questions live, online to a disability tax specialist.

April 4, 2019
7-9pm
Online

If you do not have a Facebook account, click HERE on April 4 at 7pm to access the presentation. You will not be able to ask questions, but you will be able to watch, listen, and learn!

LGBT, 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. We will discuss these topics with a psychiatry resident from McGill University, and a Montreal community organization member (guest names TBA). It’s your chance to to ask questions to specialists live, online.

April 24, 2019
7-9pm
Online

If you do not have a Facebook account, click HERE on April 24 at 7pm to access the presentation. You will not be able to ask questions, but you will be able to watch, listen, and learn!

Recovery

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? Find out on May 29, live, online, as we discuss recovery and living with mental illness but also good mental health.

May 29, 2019
7-9pm
Online

If you do not have a Facebook account, click HERE on May 29 at 7pm to access the presentation. You will not be able to ask questions, but you will be able to watch, listen, and learn!

Just for family and friends of someone living with mental illness:

Creative Expression

It can be difficult to care for a loved one who is living with mental illness. With SoulCollage, you will use your intuition to create small collage cards and then learn how to ‘read’ your cards to discover what personal and hidden meanings your SoulCollage card reveals to you. It is an innovative and creative way to explore your own challenges and how they can be overcome. No art experience required–yes, you are naturally creative!

April 9, 2019
6-8pm

Letting Go & Acceptance

We all deal with various forms of losses in our lives, whether it be a death, a loss of relationships, or loss connected to mental illness. This workshop looks at how we grieve mental illness and the losses associated with it; how we can adjust our hopes and expectations and accept what exists in the present moment.

April 10, 2019
6-8pm

Mindfulness

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.

Priority given to people who commit to all five sessions in a group

Group A
April 16, 23, 30; May 7, 14
10am-12pm

Group B
May 21, 28; June 4, 11, 18
10am-12pm

Introduction to BPD

This introductory session will provide basic knowledge on Borderline Personality Disorder: what it is, what are some of the challenges, and what can be done to reduce conflicts. You will gain a better understanding of the condition and how to cope.

April 30, 2019
6-8pm

BPD Validation

In this two-part workshop, you will be introduced to communication skills that have the potential to defuse conflicts and improve relationships. For family members or friends of loved ones with “Emotional Dysregulation*” or BPD.

May 8 AND May 22
6-8pm

Coping Skills

Dedicated to solving one of the stickiest worries for caregivers: how to deal with stressful situations and keep harmony in the family. Plus learning resilience—the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or other sources of stress.

May 29, 2019
6-8pm

Communication

In communication the idea is to strengthen mutual respect and trust, thereby allowing people with diverse attitudes and opinions to develop effective partnerships. It’s the type of approach that can help reduce your anxiety and improve your relationship with your ill loved one.

June 18 AND June 25, 2019
6-8pm

Must attend both sessions

Past Programs

We are constantly evaluating and updating our programs. If you don’t see a program on this page that suits your needs, you can always find help at our regularly scheduled support groups or our counselling for family and friends. We also offer online learning.

The following programs have already taken place this season, but will be scheduled again soon. Sign up for our emails to be notified of any new or returning programs.

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.

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.

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.

The following programs do not have a scheduled return date, but sign up for our emails to be notified of any new or returning programs.

BPD Family Connections,BPD Suicide Prevention–for help with Borderline Personality Disorder, click HERE.

Hoard No More–for help with Hoarding, click HERE.

Teleworkshops–click HERE to listen to recorded teleworkshops.

Yoga

Yoga can have a positive impact on mental health, and so can help you cope with challenges you may be facing.

Types of Mental Illness

There is a wide spectrum of mental illnesses from Depression to Hoarding to Bipolar Disorder. This workshop goes over the various diagnoses and characteristics of each mental illness. 

Treatments for Mental Illness

A variety of treatments exist for mental illnesses. This workshop focuses on both pharmaceutical and alternative treatments.

Recovering

The Recovering workshop for carers will introduce you to what you can do as you help your relative manage his illness, and what you can do to sustain your own health. Since recovery is one of the building blocks of our work, you may consider attending Recovering before joining other workshops.