Mental health and addiction are becoming increasingly interrelated, as many people with addiction issues may also have problems with mental health. Portage’s Mentally Ill Chemical Abusers (MICA) centre has been treating the concurrent disorder of addiction and mental illness since 1995, and has helped over two hundred people to take back control of their lives.
To highlight Mental Health Awareness Week this year, MICA held an Open House for its partners and representatives from hospitals and centres that work with this clientele on May 10, 2013. On May 7, in collaboration with the Wellington centre in Verdun, the MICA centre also helped organise the second edition of the Salon de la santé mentale du sud-ouest de Montréal. The goal of this event was to create awareness about the mental health resources available in the region. About thirty organisations were represented at information booths, including Portage, the Verdun CLSC du sud-ouest, the CSSS Sud-Ouest-Verdun, and the Douglas Institute.
Photo: Two Portage MICA Program graduates with Antonio Maturo, Director of the MICA Program