On Sunday October 20, 2013, a group of Portage residents
and staff members got together for a five kilometre mental health awareness walk
through the streets of downtown Montréal. Residents and staff members from Portage Beaconsfield and from Portage’s Mother and Child centre teamed up with residents and staff members from the Portage Program for Mentally Ill Chemical Abusers
(MICA), in support of the MICA Program.
Many of the residents had
never before participated in such a demonstration and they were very
proud to be helping to shed light on the prevalence of mental health
issues in order to reduce the stigma associated with them.
Portage’s Program for Mentally Ill Chemical Abusers (MICA) is a
residential program for adults suffering from both mental illness
(primarily schizophrenia) and substance abuse. The therapeutic program
treats the two disorders as well as their interaction. Since it was
established in Montréal in 1995, it has helped hundreds of people
overcome their substance abuse problems and regain control of their