March 9, 2021

Psychosocial support at your fingertips – L’

The pandemic currently experienced also adds its share of uncertainties and it is normal to feel an imbalance. Just telling someone about it, stopping and taking stock of the situation, before it all gets confused, can help. When things go wrong, know that there are resources to support you at all times.

At one point or another in our lives, different personal, professional or family challenges can affect us psychologically. Ask for help now, you or someone you know if:

  • are you feeling exhausted, confused, depressed, anxious, aggressive or distressed?
  • notice changes in your thinking, mood or behavior?
  • worried about your mental health or that of a loved one?
  • Are you worried about your safety or that of a loved one, or are you worried about things you might do?
  • need help following a difficult event (family crisis, loss of employment or housing, separation, disaster, loss of a loved one, loneliness due to confinement, victim of abuse or violence) ?

The psychosocial teams are there, everywhere in the region, to listen to you, help you clarify what you are going through, answer your questions and direct you to services adapted to your needs. You can quickly:

  • Contact an Info-Social worker by dialing 811, option 2, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week;
  • Call or come without an appointment at CLSC nearest to you, during opening hours, to meet with a psychosocial care worker;
  • Contact the suicide prevention telephone service at 1 866 APPELLE (277-3553);
  • Contact the addiction service (gambling, alcohol, drugs) at 1 866 568-3877.

Do not hesitate to contact your family doctor who can assess your state of health, suggest an appropriate treatment or refer you, if necessary.

Don’t you have a doctor? Contact a walk-in clinic or subscribe to access desk to a family doctor. There are also many community organizations support and mutual aid that can inform and help you.

At any time, for an emergency situation, do not hesitate to dial 911.

Social work technician for 10 years at the psychosocial reception of the CLSC de l’Érable, David Sévégny, like his colleagues, has the mission of offering a welcome without judgment. Its role is to listen with empathy to the people who come there, in order to understand the need for the consultation, and to direct them to the services that can help them in their situation.

“It’s not always easy to make the decision to consult. Often, people build their self-confidence on their ability to stay in control of their situation and asking for help seems like a loophole. So they wait until they are at their wit’s end before consulting. How about starting to develop your self-care skills today? Our teams are there to support you, listen to you and allow you to take a step back from what you are going through. As much for yourself as for your loved ones, you will be able to see more clearly and be referred to the right resources, if necessary, whether these are the services offered at the CIUSSS MCQ or in the community ”he emphasizes .

Online tools to help you

For more information or to find tools to help you manage your daily reactions, visit our Covid-19 section, Mental Health tab on the website:

“The pandemic brings different challenges that push us towards change. Each individual can find in himself the capacity to adapt and resilience is effective in the face of adversity. Far from being a sign of weakness, to consult is already to outsmart our difficulties. Be opportunistic and take this special moment for yourself; to confide in you in all discretion, analyze your situation with a professional external to what you are experiencing and explore the avenues that will allow you to renew your well-being. Contact us without hesitation, ”concludes Mr. Sévégny.