MONTREAL, January 11, 2018 - Revivre is pleased to announce that its mental health self-management workshops will be offered in four additional regions of Quebec - Capitale-Nationale, Chaudière-Appalaches, Outaouais and Centre-du-Québec - through partnerships with fifteen community organizations operating in as many municipalities. This will increase the number of participants by 30%, bringing the total to 1,300 participants per year in more than 45 locations across Quebec.
“Every year, 600,000 people in Quebec struggle with anxiety, depression or bipolar disorder. Revivre’s workshops can really make a difference and help them feel better, so this is very good news,” said Revivre spokesman Stefie Shock.
3,000 participants to date: Expert-approved content and peer support in a unique group setting
Revivre’s “J’avance!” program consists of 10 to 12-week group workshops. More than 3,000 people have already taken part in one of the five types of workshops offered about anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, self-esteem and the workplace. With expert approved content and supported by university research, these workshops aim to help participants develop self-management behaviours by focusing on their individual strengths and on peer support in order to reclaim their health.
Several participants have spoken about their experience, which encourages others to seek help.
“To participate in the workshops, I had to travel more than 100 kilometres each week because they were not offered in my region. With the group support which helped mitigate issues, I developed tools to recognize the signs and symptoms, and also avoid relapses. I think doctors should prescribe these workshops!” said Catherine, a former workshop participant.
Coming together: Partnerships that make a difference
“It’s inspiring to see so many organizations work together to offer these workshops, especially since we know that having access to such groups will help many people regain hope, take an active stance on their mental health while benefiting from a significant social support,” explained Bruno Collard, Clinical Director at Revivre.
Revivre and its partners would like to thank the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund and the Fondation François Bourgeois for their financial support. To learn more about the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund and Bell Let’s Talk Day on January 31, please visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk.
To learn about the public health and community organizations that are partnering with Revivre to offer these workshops in thirteen regions (including the four new ones, visit javance.revivre.org/en or call 1‑866‑REVIVRE).
Revivre is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help those living with anxiety, depressive or bipolar disorders, and their loved ones. Revivre reaches 10,000 people per year through its helpline, support groups, self-management workshops, discussion forum, website and other services. Revivre has made a total of 315,000 interventions in over 26 years.
Information and support
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Stéphanie Fontaine, “J’avance!” Program Director
Telephone: 514-529-8866, Cell: 514-817-2809
Chantal Roby, “J’avance!” Partnership Coordinator