What is mental health, exactly?
Is mental health merely the absence of mental illness? Probably not.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), "health is not merely the absence of disease but a state of complete mental, physical, emotional and spiritual well-being."
The WHO defines mental health as "a state of well-being in which the individual realises his or her abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully and is able to make a contribution to his or her community."
To be in good mental health, we must strike a balance between different aspects of our lives: social, physical, mental, economic and spiritual. Reaching and maintaining this balance requires a constant effort. Life’s difficulties and challenges can sometimes tip the scale to one side or another and it is work to get it back to neutral. Equilibrium is the wellspring of good mental health.
Our mandate is to offer mental health services to the clientele on our territory. The services are intended for people with anxiety problems, addiction, mood or depressive disorders, relational problems, personality and psychotic disorders and can take the form of individual counselling, family or group support.
- Using proven clinical tools, assess and process the requests that are submitted.
- Offer care based on best practices.
- Provide support to our partners (medical clinics, community organisations, etc.).
Offer care and services with a view towards recovery that considers peoples’ abilities to regain control of their life, make their own choices and take an active role in the decisions that concern them. This approach allows them to give meaning to their lives and their suffering and design strategies for living a satisfying life, filled with hope and goals despite the limitations caused by the illness.
Our program reaches an adult clientele (18 years of age and over) who shows signs of mental illness.
A range of services offered on a needs basis
- Personalised follow-up.
- Psychosocial evaluation service.
- Psychiatric evaluation with request for referral from a doctor.
- Meetings with families to support loved ones.
- Group intervention.
- In line with current best clinical practices, group workshops are preferred for the following issues: Groupe GRANDIR (anxiety and depression), Groupe Corps et Esprit (reconnect with yourself), Groupe Équilibre (management of emotions and relational disorders).
- Consultancy services for our partners.
- Multidisciplinary spousal follow-up in complex situations.
- Clinical supervision and training.
- Community organisation: support to any community organisation or group of citizens.
How to receive adult mental health services
Adult Mental Health Access Point: any doctor, community organisation or health network worker can refer a client by using the referral form herein and faxing it to 514-639-9116.
- The Access Point liaison nurse will phone the client in the days following receipt of the referral. Based on all the requests received, an order of priority will be established. A re-evaluation may be advised if the user’s circumstances change during the waiting period.
- As soon as the Adult Mental Health Access Point liaison nurse contacts the client by phone, a phone interview or in-person interview can be scheduled to evaluate the request. Subsequently, the worker may:
- Provide self-treatment counselling.
- Propose participation to a group workshop.
- Provide information on the services offered by community organisations.
- Provide the name of the worker who manages the wait list and who can be reached Monday to Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Our local services network
Across the territory of Dorval-Lachine-LaSalle, the local network is composed of numerous partners with whom we collaborate who offer varied and complementary services:
- Mental health community organisations.
- Douglas Mental Health University Institute (a facility of the Montréal West Island Integrated University Health and Social Services Centre).
- Projet suivi communautaire.
- Perspective communautaire.
- Groupe d’entraide Lachine.
- Crisis centres.
- Medical clinics.
- Local general hospitals.
- Dorval GMF.
Reference to resources offered on this site.
It is possible for professionals and partners to have clinical discussions with our 2 on-call psychiatrists who can be reached on these days:
Between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
One-week rotation between the CLSC de LaSalle and the CLSC de Dorval-Lachine.
Between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the CLSC de LaSalle.
Between 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the CLSC de Dorval-Lachine.
To book an appointment, please contact our administrative agents at the following extensions:
CLSC de Dorval-Lachine: 514-639-0660, extension 80537
CLSC de LaSalle: 514-366-0981, extension 24700
Referral to the Adult Mental Health Access Portal
- Access Point Referral form– Form to be filled out electronically
- Access Point Referral form – Form to be filled out manually
- List of fax numbers for Montréal area Access Point
Fax number of the Adult Mental Health Access Point: 514-639-9116