Addiction and mental health are becoming increasingly interrelated, as many people who suffer from addiction may also have mental health issues. Portage’s Mentally Ill Chemical Abusers (MICA) centre, situated in Montréal, has been treating the concurrent disorder of addiction and mental illness for over fifteen years, 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. On May 2, the centre also organised the first edition of the Salon de la santé mentale du sud-ouest de Montréal, with the Wellington centre in Verdun. The goal of this event was to create awareness about the mental health resources available in the region. About fifteen organisations had information booths, including Portage, the CLSC du sud-ouest, the community police, and the centre d’entraide de Verdun.
During Mental Health Awareness Week, the team at Portage’s MICA centre is sending the following message to all current and former program participants, all friends of Portage, and all Portage staff members:
Keep in mind the importance of:
- Having fun, which helps to keep the brain active while doing something enjoyable;
- Exercise, which helps our psychological well-being and helps to prevent depression and anxiety;
- Humour, to lighten the pressure of everyday life;
- Asking for help, to maintain mental health.