TOGETHER AGAINST PSYCHOLOGICAL DISTRESS

There you go. Back to confinement.

Wasn't it predictable?
Of course, we all thought that we could get by without it, but let's face it: we all loosened up on sanitary measures recently.
 
Although simple things such as house keeping or playing the chef at home does help to feel better, that loss in control has an impact on everyone's mental health.
What is mental health actually?
Mental health is the state of wellbeing in which someone can come to his/her full potential et face normal life situations and stresses that come with it. Someone with a good mental health can contribute to his/her community and work efficiently. Mental health is therefore a state of physical, mental and social wellbeing and not only the absence of mental illness.
A good mental health allows someone to:
•    Realize his/her full potential ;
•    Face life stresses;
•    Work efficiently ;
•    Contribute significantly to his/her community ;

You can see how this pandemic era is a concern for everyone’s mental wellness.

To maintain a good mental health, here are proven ways :
•    Positive and significant relationships ;
•    Physical activities ;
•    Feeling helpful ;
•    Sufficient sleep ;
•    Healthy food ;
•    Training on stress management and coping skills ;
•    A good laugh ;
•    Pleasant activities on your schedule;
•    Get professional help if needed ;
But then again, we cannot take action on many of these aspects because of Covid-19.
It is normal for our mental health to fluctuate during a lifetime.
To feel down in winter or depressed following a breakup are normal and healthy fluctuations. When someone faces difficulties or go through a certain amount of stress greater than his/her capability to adapt, that’s when mental illness can develop. 
That “reconfinement” will have a negative impact on our mental health, and it will not be easy… unless you make lemonade out of lemons we were given. So if we want to find our way through without too many bruises, we will need a lot of imagination (not to overcome the rules, hear me well!) and find the appropriate ways to maintain our own mental health while respecting others’.
Text adapted from a newsletter written by Marc André Bédard, T.A.S. from Pont du Suroît, a non profit organization helping mentally ill people’s surroundings. 

Your CDC du Haut-Saint-Laurent found among its members our best allies for an optimal mental health and built this white paper freely inspired by Marc-Andre Bedard's newsletter.

Friperie Communautaire Huntingdon (Thrift Shop)

Get a membership at the Sport-O-Tèque at La Friperie Communautaire du Haut-Saint-Laurent, and rent what you need to enjoy some outdoor activities such as: goalie gears, skates, ski boots, snowboard, snow shoes and crazy carpets to go down the slides! Make sure that what you need is available by sending an email, via Messenger or fill a form on their website.

To send an email to La Friperie Communautaire Huntingdon fripcommhunt@hotmail.com

Une Affaire de Famille

Online workshops will allow "Une Affaire de Famille"'s team to maintain many of their activities: Stimulation du langage (Language stimulation), Petits Aventuriers-Apprendre en s’amusant (Little adventurers - Learn while having fun), Aide aux devoirs (Homework support) , Ressources pour les parents (Parent resources), Trucs et Astuces (Tips & tricks) and Coffee Meetup Café Rencontre– Trombone Café. For more details, follow their Facebook page and have a look at their website. Everyone in the Haut-Saint-Laurent area is welcome to join their activities. Please note that Ormstown, St-Anicet and Howick daycares had to pause during the reconfinement.

To call Une Affaire de Famille 1-450-829-3782

The Little Green Library

Members have access to ebooks online and can reserve hardcopy books from the website www.pbv-lgl.org to pick them up during opening hours. A member needs to reserve its books before going to the library. Books will be prepared and you simply need to ring the bell at the Little Green Library to have them brought to you.  Books must be returned only through the book chute, where they will be collected, sanitized, and quarantined for 72 hours. Computers are not accessible and you still cannot sit down to read in the library. You are welcome to make suggestions to add to the collection. People who would like to become member can make their request on the phone or by email. It's free for Residents, from Huntingdon, Dundee, Hinchinbrooke and Franklin.  For other municipalities, the cost is 20$ per family and 5$ for kids less than 15 years old.

To call The Little Green Library 1-450-264-4872

La Maison des Jeunes Huntingdon

Tons of online activities are organized for our teenagers by La Maison des Jeunes (youth center). Activity boxes are distributed twice a month so these young fellows can join activities that require specific material or ingredients. Since Covid-19, you don't need to pay a membership to join all activities that are planned. Since September, La Maison des Jeunes also organize activities at Arthur-Piegon and are currentlyworking on the "Génération Engagée" (engaged generation) that organize cross-generational (to be confirmed) which will involve other non profit organizations such as the Centre Communautaire un Coin Chez-Nous as well as the Communic-Action Project. To reach the Maison des Jeunes Huntingdon (youth center), contact them via Messenger on their Facebook page.

To call la Maison des Jeunes Huntingdon (Youth Center) 1-450-322-6140

Centre de Ressources Familiales du Haut-Saint-Laurent

The Centre de Ressources Familiales lends equipment required for babies and toddlers like books, toys and specialized material between 8AM and 1PM from Monday through Thursday.  The Centre also provides parents workshops with 1-5 year-old babies as well as cooking workshops for pregnant or young families (with kids under 12 years old).  They also offer punctual half-day daycare services (Halte répit) from Monday to Friday mornings, and Tuesday and Thursdays afternoons. Simply reserve 24 hours in advance. CRF has also created a group to maintain links with the families who attend the CRF. The group is a means of communication for the coming weeks, a place for information, exchange, sharing and many surprises to come! To join the group, click on the "join the group" button located at the top of the Facebook page. You can reach them by phone or by email or through their Facebook page via Messenger.

To call Centre de Ressources Familiales Huntingdon 1-450-264-4598

Entraide pour Monoparentales et Familles Recomposées du Suroît

The organism holds online support groups for separated families (one for the parents and the other one for the kids between 6 and 12 years old) as well as online workshops for parents through break up, reconstitution or suffering from anxiety. First contact them by email info@entraidedusuroit.ca and they will call you back as soon as possible.

To call Entraide pour Monoparentales et Familles Recomposees du Suroit 1-450-373-4047

Ancre et Ailes

For people struggling with past or actual psychic illness or emotional distress, Ancre et Ailes offers occasions to benefit from mutual aid and counter social isolation. It provides a welcoming environment where participants could break down the isolation by increasing their sense of belonging within the group. Workshops, discussion groups, Coffee-Chats are still organized on subjects such as anxiety, well-being, equilibrium. Tons of activities are held face-to-face. Each workshop can be joined without prerequisite workshop. Yearly membership is 10$ for a programmation that goes from art therapy to musical therapy. As a matter of fact, Ancre et Ailes would love to reach a young crowd as well to gather different generations in Frenghlish activities. Transportation services and community meals are offered with safety measures recommended. As there is a maximum of 6 participants, people have to book an appointment and no walk-in is accepted.

To call Ancre et Ailes 1-450-829-3491

Entraide pour Monoparentales et Familles Recomposées du Suroît

The organism holds online support groups for separated families (one for the parents and the other one for the kids between 6 and 12 years old) as well as online workshops for parents through break up, reconstitution or suffering from anxiety. First contact them by email info@entraidedusuroit.ca and they will call you back as soon as possible.

To call Centre de Ressources Familiales 1-450-264-4598

Centre de Ressources Familiales

The Centre de Ressources Familiales lends equipment required for babies and toddlers like books, toys and specialized material between 8AM and 1PM from Monday through Thursday.  The Centre also provides parents workshops with 1-5 year-old babies as well as cooking workshops for pregnant or young families (with kids under 12 years old).  They also offer punctual half-day daycare services (Halte répit) from Monday to Friday mornings, and Tuesday and Thursdays afternoons. Simply reserve 24 hours in advance. CRF has also created a group to maintain links with the families who attend the CRF. The group is a means of communication for the coming weeks, a place for information, exchange, sharing and many surprises to come! To join the group, click on the "join the group" button located at the top of the Facebook page. You can reach them by phone or by email or through their Facebook page via Messenger.

To call Centre de Ressources Familiales 1-450-264-4598

Proches Aidants du Haut-Saint-Laurent

Services offered to care givers are psychosocial support over the phone or by zoom videoconference, friendship calls and monthly support groups through zoom. Limited spots are available for activities held in presence. To reach one of our professionals, leave a message and someone will call you back as soon as possible.

To call Aidants Naturels du Haut-Saint-Laurent 1-450-826-1243

Communic-Action Project

This organism takes care of our elders in loss of autonomy at home. Although no visit is done to elders' home, elders that are lonely or worried for their health can ask for a weekly friendly calls. Upon volunteers availability, elders can get transportation to essential services also (such hair cuts). However, all medical transportation services are transferred to SABEC. You may leave a message and they will call you back as soon as they can.

To call Communic-Action Project 1-450-264-5197

ADDS

ADDS offers support to low income families and individuals in the Haut-Saint-Laurent, discussing difficult situations in order to find solutions and answers, or referring for further assistance may need be. The organization is open with limited hours and staff resources, so you may call for further details.

To call ADDS 1-450-264-6888

Comite Chomage du Haut-Richelieu et du Suroit

They specialize in defending the rights of the unemployed and answer your questions. Actually, you can also call the organization if you plan on leaving your job to get advise. They usually return their calls within 24 hours. If you are not at ease with Internet, they can help you out from a distance or even come to you with a laptop to show you how to fill the forms online and that, within 48 hours with no charge. If you experience a problematic with Assurance Emploi that requires immediate assistance, leave a message with your concerns and someone will call you back. You may also find updates on their Facebook Page. It is open from Monday to Thursday, from 8AM to 4PM.

To call the Comite de Chomage 1-450-357-1162

Le Pont du Suroit

Supports the friends and family of people with mental illness, by telephone or videoconference on appointment only, according to the regular schedule from Monday through Friday, between 8AM and noon, and between 1PM and 4PM. The whole team collaborates to the French discussion group called «Toujours là malgré tout! » has been created to gather people who cope with relatives mental illness in order to share help and advise. It is not an emergency service and it is solely offered to actual clients of theirs, just like "Les Causeries du Mardi avec Fanny" that are offered on Tuesdays on Zoom between 9AM and 10AM.

May you need help, please dial  1 855 272-7837. If it's an emergency, dial 911. Anyone who needs a specific service will be redirected to their local association in order to offer dedicated support.

To call Pont du Suroit 1-450-377-3126

Via l'Anse

For people at risk of violence, help can be provided to weather the storm by telephone or video-conference. You only need to leave a message to get an appointment  by phone. The first 2 to 5 orientation calls are done rapidly, and followed up with either group or individual followups. An intervenant is in Huntingdon 2 days per week. You can simply call to get an appointment.

To call Via L'Anse 1-450-370-3200

Residence-Elle du Haut-Saint-Laurent

For victims of domestic violence, because it is not forbidden to leave when the threat is at home. The organization offers support over the phone and video-conference; and can help you to protect yourself. A 24/7 help line is available for emergencies and questions. An intervenant is there to offer an attentive ear, advises and support in taking steps. Support can be done by phone, email or in person and can help you protect yourself.

To call Résidence-Elle du Haut-Saint-Laurent 1-450-264-2999

Les Habitations des Tisserands

During pandemic, the NPO keeps on providing social housing to people in the middle of a crisis in order to help them stabilise their situation and improve their life condition. People going through psychological distress can find an attentive ear that are intervenant actually working 3 days a week at the residences to accompany them through rehabilitation. There are 27 social housing of all sizes, (from 3 to 6 rooms condos) for people in difficulties (other than economical) that are referred by local CLSC or other organizations. This is not an emergency housing option: there are interviews and a wait list if there are no unit available.

To call Habitations des Tisserandes 1-450-957-8557

Espace Suroit

Espace Suroit's mission is to advise and refer adults aware by a kid's confidence who need to be oriented to face a violence issue in case of doubts. They published recently a series of Facebook videos on web security for kids. Espace Suroît keeps informing through their vivid Facebook Page. Although Espace Suroît's offices are close, the team works from home and you can contact them on the phone, by email or Messenger and they will call you back within the next 24 to 48 hours.

To call Espace Suroit 1-450-371-8096

Justice Alternative du Suroît

The organization supervises young offenders who will serve their sentences in the community. As so, parents who need an attentive ear, advise and tricks for their teenager in case of an offense can call them to receive support. If needed, they will be redirected to other resources available.

To call Justice Alternative du Suroit 1-450-377-1333

La Bouffe Additionnelle

Food service in the form of a grocery bags (a 2$ voluntary contribution) in Huntingdon. Purchases are made by appointment only. Please call ahead to make an appointment and place your order. Delivery services offered upon volunteer availability.

To call La Bouffe Additionnelle 1-450-264-2241

Multi-Service Community Centre Un Coin Chez Nous

Meals-on-wheels services for people of all ages with a loss of autonomy, or families and underprivileged people in St-Chysostome. 5 different menus are prepared every week and orders are taken on the preceding week. Deliveries are done once a week, on Thursdays only. The delivery man will leave the bag on the porch, call the client so they can pay with exact money in an envelope. The 7$ meal includes soup, salad, main course and dessert) and are offered in the Haut-Saint-Laurent region. Order now for next week.  The thrift shop is opened.

To call Multi-Service Community Centre Un Coin Chez Nous 1-450-826-4425

Melissa's Sunshine Daycamp

Melissa's Sunshine Camp organize punctual outdoor activities to offer respit for families with people aged 12 to 20 years old with intellectual or physical disabilities.

To call Melissa's Sunshine Camp 1-450-264-6340

Zephyr Respit

To people with intellectual disabilities or ASD, Zephyr has a respit house in Vaudreuil-Dorion and offers day camp during summer and March Break for for kids with intellectual disabilities or ASD aged from 13 to 21 years old. They keep offering respit services at home. Send an email for more information : coordo@repitlezephyr.com.

To call Le Zephyr Respit 1-450-371-6825, extension 228

Huntingdon Learning Centre

Someone who wants to get back to school can do it anytime thanks to the Huntingdon Learning Centre. This organization will help to pass the equivalence test and offer French and English class in class, and English as a second language in Zoom videoconference. Simply call as a first step.

To call Huntingdon Learning Centre 1-450-264-5558
To call Carrefour Jeunesse Emploi Huntingdon 1-450-264-5858
OPEN BY REQUEST To call PS Jeunesse 1-450-377-9155
To call the Centre de Recherche d'Emploi du Sud-Ouest (CRESO) 1-450-377-4889
To call Vision Travail 1-450-651-8747

Chateauguay Valley Literacy Council

The mission of the CVLC is to help individuals, families, and youth improve their reading, writing, listening, speaking, numeracy and other life skills through programs adapted to their needs. As a charitable volunteer organization, the CVLC recruits and trains committed volunteers as tutors and support members. As all workshops and events are currently on hold, they develop presentations on subjects of interest in order to offer story telling on Youtube in January, adult classes in February as well as online workshops in March.

To call the Chateauguay Valley Literacy Council 1-450-698-0342

Friperie Communautaire Huntingdon Thrift Shop

Friperie Communautaire Huntingdon (thrift shop) manages an online store where you can order and have it ready for pick up or delivery (certain conditions apply). You will find online PURE household and body products that you will be able to refill in bulk afterwards when you will come to the store. You will also find Armony antimicrobial products,  Savonnerie du Village soaps and bar shampoo, Moss Creek Wook Works dryer woolen balls, Ola Bamboo items, Olive & Bay soap bars as well oNature home fragrance.

Send an email to Friperie Communautaire Huntingdon fripcommhunt@hotmail.com

You can find an online boutique, les ateliers Cré-Actions sell many artisanal products handmade: aprons, bowl coaster, mats, gift bags, wine pouch, facepiece, earrings, hair bows and Christmas stockings. 

To call Ateliers Cre-Actions du Suroit 1-450-374-5821
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