Collective Community Services (Montreal)


Community Health and Social Services Network (CHSSN) commissioned a report published in January 2013 on improving access to Quebec’s Health and Social Services for Quebec’s English-speaking population. One main point which surfaced was the need to improve services for individuals suffering from mental health and/or substance and dependency issues.

Collective Community Services (CCS), through its Networking and Partnership Initiative (NPI), has partnered with McGill University through the Training and Retention of Health Professionals Project to battle the pressing issue of mental illness stigma.


Has three main objectives:

•   Address the issue of stigma and the ways in which its persistence can directly influence career choices.

•   Offer an opportunity for students to explore the field of mental health as an option for field study, internship or career choice.

•   Increase bilingual employment opportunities in the field of mental health by collaborating with local partners.

In bus groups of approximately 15 students, a tour will visit different organizations including clinical and community partners in the field of mental health.

Participating students will fill out pre- and post-bus-tour surveys regarding their knowledge about and experience with mental health.



•   Reduce mental health stigmas by demystifying the realities of mental illness.

•   Introduce students enrolled in health and social services programs to different organizations specializing in mental health care.

•   Facilitate internship and field study opportunities between educational institutions and partnering organizations
•   Facilitate internship placement potentially leading to job placement opportunities for bilingual students at partnering organizations.

•   Increase annual recruitment for field study placements in the field of mental health.

•   Create online tools to keep students informed about opportunities.


Stigma-related issues surrounding mental health has an impact on recruitment and retention of students and employees in the field of mental health. Often a misunderstanding or misconstrued notion due to these stigmas will act as a deterrent to those seeking employment. CCS believes that a collaborative approach between educational institutions and mental health organizations can serve as a means to end stigmas surrounding mental health issues.
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For more information on the Bus'ting the Stigma Tours, please contact:
Kelly Boutilier

Project Coordinator
Telephone: 514 937-5351 ext. 265
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CCS recently released a report: McGill project, A portrait of human resource needs in mental health, March 2016 (1) examining the range of services available to the English-speaking population of Montreal in need of mental health services. The report proves that there is indeed a human resource gap in the field of mental health in Montreal.


Mental Health & Your Legal Rights

Mental health challenges affect thousands of Quebecers and their families and friends. When it comes to these challenges, the law comes into play in many ways. But it’s hard to find the right legal information in one place. And when you find it, it can be hard to understand. Educaloi has created a guide The Law and Mental Health: What You Need to Know to help answer some of the questions you may have.

Rapid Intervention Module (MIR)

What is it? Created in September 2007, by the Douglas Mental Health University Institute, the Rapid Intervention Module (MIR) provides assessment and treatment for patients who require quick and intensive intervention. MIR is a short-term, time-limited service that provides individual therapeutic support and psychiatric follow-up.

How do I make an appointment?

Call 514-888-4478, office is open Monday to Friday from 8am - 4pm.

What should I bring to my appointment?

- A valid medicare card

- An updated medication list from your pharmacy

- Family doctor's complete address (if you do not have a family doctor, please contact your local CLSC prior to your appointment and ask to be put on the waiting list to obtain one).

- Complete address of a person to contact in case of emergency.


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