Each year, as part of Mental Health Week, the YWCA organizes activities and provides various tips, references and tools that can help everyone restore or maintain their psychological balance.
Take care of yourself at an affordable price
If mental health is everyone’s business, not everyone has the same means to take care of it. In order to democratize the care and services that are good for you, the YWCA has prepared a small resource guide that takes into account smaller budgets. Whether it’s low-cost activities, psychotherapy, osteopathy or massage therapy at rates adjusted to income, or hairdressing services at reduced rates, we hope that you will find a few resources in this booklet that will help you take care of yourself.
The guide is currently only available in French, but offers resources for the English-speaking public.Prendre soin de soi à petit prix : Guide de ressources 2019 (.pdf)
Enjoy activities that are good for you
Did you know that the YWCA offers women and girls a variety of low-cost activities in the heart of downtown? Whether you want to move, to unleash your creativity, to socialize or to relax, our program of activities is designed to meet all needs … register now!
Did you know that the YWCA also offers free services to families residing in the Peter-McGill neighborhood in the Ville-Marie borough, including a drop-in daycare centre, after-school programs, development activities and family outings!
Maintain healthy relationships
Good mental health generally involves a strong support network and positive and rewarding interpersonal relationships. YWCA Canada has developed a tool in collaboration with YWCA Montreal to evaluate if your relationships are healthy. Take the test!
Strengthen our mental health
Mouvement santé mentale Québec wants to join forces across Quebec to create, strengthen and develop the mental health of Quebeckers. This year, Mental Health Week allows us to discover how seeing things differently improves our psychological well-being. Find out about the campaign tools on the organization’s website.
Mental health and caregivers
As part of 2019 Mental Health Week, the YWCA wants to break taboos and support caregivers whose mental health is under stress.
To do this, the YWCA is holding a day of reflection on the difficulties and challenges experienced by family caregivers in their relationships and within the health care system.
Abuse experienced by caregivers … let’s talk about it!
Abuse of caregivers is poorly documented. This abuse can take many forms: psychological, financial, physical, sexual and even institutional. The helping relationship is complex, as are the social dynamics around it. In addition, guilt, stress, exhaustion and poverty can make caregivers vulnerable in their relationships with the person being cared for, those around them, and health professionals.
In addition to attending a conference presented by Mélanie Perroux of the RANQ, participants will have the opportunity to share their experiences of abuse and to contribute to the search for solutions to improve the caregivers’ psychological and emotional well-being. The conference conclusions will be published here shortly.
Are you are taking care of a senior who is losing their autonomy? Are your relationships healthy?
A tool adapted to the reality of caregivers that allows them to evaluate their relationship with the person being cared for and those around them is now available online. Is your caregiving relationship healthy? Take the test!
The YWCA offers support to women caregivers of seniors who are losing their autonomy. Our support services include listening and referral, personalized individual counseling and activities adapted to their needs.
Our mental health initiatives are supported by Bell and the Echo Foundation.