Interactive Workshops

Please note: due to the Coronavirus outbreak, our workshops will be held online via your computer. 

If your workshop is being held via Google Meet, you will receive a direct link by email. Having trouble accessing a Google Meet workshop? Click HERE for tips.

If your workshop is being held on Facebook Live, visit at your workshop’s scheduled start time. You do not need a Facebook account to watch the presentation.

Please note that workshops start right on time–you will not be able to access them before the designated start time.

All our workshops are FREE.

If a workshop is marked FULL, 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.

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For family and friends of someone living with mental illness only

These are interactive workshops and space is limited, even online–this gives our facilitators the chance to personally address your questions and concerns. You must register in advance! If you register and do not attend, you may be taking a spot away from someone in need.

Gain some perspective with hypnotherapy

Caring for a loved one with mental health issues can invoke feelings of fear, guilt and anxiety. Hypnotherapy can help you gain perspective and feel calmer when life seems like a storm. Benefit from a free, individual hypnotherapy session.

By appointment
With Karen Torgerson

Acceptance & Letting Go

Loss is an inevitable and painful part of life. In the relationship between a family and their loved one with mental illness, experiencing loss can be complicated. In this workshop, we will identify and name losses, situate participants within their own grieving processes in relation to loss, and learn about acceptance which leads to healing opportunities.

July 21, 2021
With Melanie Hughes

De-escalating Conflict

This workshop explores de-escalation techniques and how to engage mindfully in conflictual situations. It will encourage self-awareness and you will develop insight into effective communication techniques in conflict situations. Attendees will be invited to share specific situations they have experienced and unravel the new dynamics that influence the outcomes of their situations.

August 3, 2021
With Melanie Hughes

Caregiver Group

This group offers an opportunity to explore how caring for a loved one with mental health challenges affects the caregiver’s experience and own wellbeing. Held over several sessions, it can alleviate some of the isolation and other difficulties that are often associated with caregiving.

Monday group: Starts September 13, 7-8:15pm
Wednesday group: Starts September 15, 3-4:15pm

You must attend all 6 sessions
With Ella Amir and Miriam Byers

For family, friends, and people living with mental illness

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.

Also new: BPD Emotion Regulation, open to family, friends, and people who have trouble regulating their emotions.

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.

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

Even if you do not have a Facebook account, you can click HERE on July 29 at 7pm to access the presentation.

For people living with mental illness only

Hoard No More!

Is your home so full of stuff that it gets in the way of your daily living? Are you struggling to stop yourself from acquiring yet more stuff that you don’t really need? If this sounds all too familiar, you may be interested in our Hoard No More! workshop.

If you would like to be informed of the next workshop (potentially in 2021), click HERE

Coming Soon

The programs below have already taken place this season, but will likely be offered again next season. Don’t miss our program announcements: click HERE to sign up for our emails.

Anger and Caregiving Relationships

Anger is an important emotion to explore and understand within the caregiving relationship. This workshop will help you build a greater understanding of anger and your relationship to the emotion. Participants will be encouraged to articulate their feelings around anger and discuss how they express anger within their caregiving relationships. 

Boundaries & Setting Limits

Caregiving relationships challenge everyone involved in discovering what’s acceptable and what’s not acceptable within the unique dynamic. The aim of this workshop is to identify these limits and learn to communicate the boundaries necessary to protect both the relationship and the caregiver.

BPD Emotion Regulation

Emotional Regulation refers to the way we deal with feelings like frustration, rage, anxiety or low mood. In this workshop, you will learn a few strategies to help manage strong emotions in challenging situations. We will also explore together the role that emotion regulation plays in our day to day life and with our loved ones.

This workshop is for people who care about someone who has BPD or difficulty regulating emotions, AND for people who have BPD or have difficulty regulating emotions.

Coping Skills

We cope all the time. Awareness of how we cope can increase our ability to notice when we engage in defensive patterns and move towards practicing new skills that will provide us with more safety, peace, and general wellbeing.

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 card reveals to you.

Introduction to Borderline Personality Disorder

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.


How do we gain the strength to work with life situations that are difficult and stressful? Meditation is widely used today for stress reduction or to help cope with pain, anxiety, or depression. This workshop will use meditation to help participants get in touch with their unknown strengths and develop their resilience.

Mood Journals for Young Caregivers

Are you aged 18-30 and have a family member, friend, or partner with mental health issues? Then this new workshop is for you! Reflect upon and analyze your caregiving experience through words and drawings in your own personalized mood journal to better understand and manage your situation and emotions.

Types of Mental Illness

There is a wide spectrum of mental illnesses, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and more. Facilitated by doctors in McGill University’s Psychiatry Postgraduate Program, this workshop series went over the various diagnoses and characteristics of each mental illness and we answered your questions.

Validation Practice Group

If you have a loved one (family, partner, friend, etc.) who lives with mental illness and has difficulty managing their emotions, this group is for you! This is a practice group where we will practice Validation, using examples from real life. We will also introduce the practice of boundaries and limit setting.

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.

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