Mental Health and Suicide
Do you need help? Are you living through a crisis situation?
If you or someone you know is on the brink and needs help, dial 1-866-APELLE (277-3553) immediately. Someone will answer you in full confidentiality, any day, any time.
You can also dial 9-1-1 or phone the Info-Health line by dialling 8-1-1.
Mental health matters!
Mental health is more than just the absence of mental problems. It is a “state of well-being in which the person can achieve, overcome the normal pressures of life, work productively and successfully, and contribute to his/her community.” (WHO, 2010). Unfortunately, mental health problems are affecting more and more people. In Outaouais, one out of twenty people does not believe that he/she is in good mental health. Furthermore, every year in the region, one out of every fifty people commits suicide.
The stigmatization associated with mental health is a major reason why people do not seek help. To counter this trend, mental health must become each and everyone’s business. Mental health is just as important as physical health, and yet, it is given little consideration.
In addition to offering care to those who are suffering, it is also important to ensure that the families’ basic needs are met (safe housing, consistent meals, job security, etc.), that children develop high self-esteem, that fewer teens drop out of school and that seniors can continue to contribute to their community.
To maintain strong mental health, we can:
- Continually practice good lifestyles: eating well, exercise, getting enough sleep;
- Benefit from positive relationships with family members and friends;
- Discover leisure activities that please us and find time to devote to them;
- Develop strategies for dealing with stress, especially at work; and
- In difficult moments (grieving, job loss, etc.) ask for support from family members, friends or from a specialized agency.
Depression is a disease. A real disease.
In October 2012, the Department of Health and Social Services launched a mental health awareness campaign. This campaign aims to eliminate the prejudices associated with mental health and remind people that depression, like cancer, is also a real disease.
Services offered in the region
Centre d'aide 24/7 : Listening, crisis intervention, preventive housing for people suffering from mental health problems, gambling/betting, alcoholism and substance abuse.
1-866-APPELLE (277-3553): free help line for people (as well as their family and friends) feeling suicidal and people in mourning following a suicide.
For other resources, view the list of community groups devoted to mental health .