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Mental health: resources and referrals

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Is the person you are caring for experiencing mental health issues and you are looking for information or support?

Here are some suggested resources and referrals from the Réseau Avant de craquer and l’Appui pour les proches aidants.

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Are you caring for someone with a mental disorder?

Make your daily life easier as a caregiver of someone with mental health problems or a child with mental health issues:

In Québec, emphasis is placed on the promotion of mental health and the prevention of mental disorders, with access to a service tailored to the needs of the person and the organization of stepped health care and services.

Contact the mental health access portal (GASMA) of your CIUSS and learn more about the provincial government’s Québec psychotherapy program for mental disorders (PQPTM): from self-care to psychotherapy. If you or a person you are caring for are feeling distressed, ask for help or call Info-Social 811.

Réseau Avant de craquer

Réseau Avant de craquer is there to help you better cope with someone you are caring for who has a mental health problem.

Among other things, the Réseau offers answers to frequently asked questions about mental health and mental illness, tips and tricks to help you live your life better, a toolbox (in French only) and the podcast Cap vers l’entourage (in French only).

The Réseau Avant de craquer network is a provincial, non-profit community organization whose mission is to bring together, represent, support and mobilize organizations working with caregivers of people with a mental health problem and to represent the voice of caregivers on a national level. The Network is made up of 43 associations spread throughout Québec. They offer free meetings, information, mutual aid, training and respite services.

The 1 855 CRAQUER (272-7837) referral line allows you to reach the association in your region during business hours. The hotline is accessible 24/7 at 1 855 CRAQUER (272-7837).

Caregiver Support Helpline and email

Caregiver Helpline Support is there for all caregivers, everywhere in Québec. Whether you are looking for a listening ear, information or referrals, our counselors are available every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. This service is free and confidential.

  • by telephone: 1 855 852-7784;
  • by email:

A page on our website is dedicated to the telephone helplines that caregivers can access throughout Québec.

National Mental Health Week

National Mental Health Week is held in May. The World Health Organization recognizes World Mental Health Day on October 10.

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Need to talk?

Contact our Caregiver Support Helpline for counselling, information et referrals.

Every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Free of charge.

call  Caregiver info :  1 855 852-7784