She was married, a mother of two, and working in a job that she loved. She owned a beautiful home, her dream car, and even a boat. Her friends and coworkers loved her for her outgoing personality and her cheerfulness.
When she started staying in bed until late afternoon her family figured that it was due to her busy schedule. After all, she seemed fine. She had everything she ever wanted in life. Then why did she feel awful inside? All she wanted to do was sleep and cry.
Every day was an effort to put on a happy face. When her coworkers thought she was concentrating on her work, she was really dreaming of ways of ending her life. Was she so weak that she couldn’t make herself feel better? What kind of person was she? Nobody, she believed, would understand her, so she didn’t say a word.
8 % of men and 20 % of women will have clinical depression at some point in their life. The average length of a first episode is 9 months if left untreated. Psychotherapy and medication are both effective treatments; the most effective is when there is a combination of the two.
Once depression is recognized, help can make a difference for 80% of people who are affected, allowing them to get back to their regular activities. – CMHA
- symptoms last 2 weeks or more
- sleep disturbances (too much or too little)
- changes in eating habits (weight loss or gain)
- loss of pleasure (in things that were previously pleasurable)
- anxiety, hopelessness
- negative thinking about oneself (e.g. I can’t do anything right. I’m not a good person)
Symptom that describes an inability to feel pleasure.
A milder, but chronic (long term) form of depression.
Certain clinics do accept clients that are not registered or do not have a family doctor. To find a clinic near you, click here.
Mental Health Estrie offers support groups for family and friends who have a loved one coping with a mental illness. For more information, click here.
Mental Health Estrie offers support groups for individuals coping with a lived experience of mental illness. For more information, click here.
Organizations and Resources Available
The following is a list of mental health resources in and outside of the Estrie region. Please call ahead to confirm the availability of bilingual services.
JEVI Centre de prevention du suicide – Estrie
120, 11e Avenue Nord, Sherbrooke QC, J1E 2T8
Line of Action: 1-866-APPELLE (277-3553)
Phone (Administrative): 819-564-7349
JEVI is a community organization whose aim is to prevent suicide and promote well-being in the Eastern Townships population. From 1986 to 2000, JEVI offered services to individuals under the age of 25, their parents and close friends and to the professionals working with youth.
Since June 2000, JEVI has been acknowledged as the Suicide Prevention Center for the Eastern Townships region by the Régie régionale de la santé et des services sociaux de l’Estrie. Consequently, services were adapted or developed in order to adequately respond to the needs of the general population of the Eastern Townships region (youth, adults and the elderly).
JEVI offers a complete line of services in promotion, prevention, intervention and postvention actions associated with suicide prevention.
PostpartumProgress.com is a blog that offers in-depth information, support and hope for all pregnant and new moms who have postpartum depression and all other mental illnesses related to pregnancy and childbirth, including postpartum anxiety, postpartum OCD, depression or anxiety during pregnancy, post-adoption depression, postpartum PTSD, depression after miscarriage or perinatal loss and postpartum psychosis.
This blog is a program of the nonprofit organization Postpartum Progress®, which raises awareness, fights stigma and provides peer support to women with maternal mental illness.
Mood Disorders Canada Online Discussion Forum
MDSC provides a safe, supportive virtual place to discuss mental illness in our online Discussion Forum. With over 29,000 posts and more than 1,900 discussion threads in operation, if you need somewhere to look for support and guidance this is a great first step! We encourage you to Visit our Forum.
CHUS (Centre hospitalier universitaire de Sherbrooke)
Address: 3001 12e Ave N, Sherbrooke, QC, J1H 5N4
Addictions/dependencies & mental disorders; help for consumers and family members; bilingual services.
HeretoHelp: Mental health and substance use information
HeretoHelp is a project of the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information.
We are a group of seven leading mental health and addictions non-profit agencies. Since 2003, we’ve been working together to help people live well and better prevent and manage mental health and substance use problems. You can learn more about our vision here.
BC Partners work is funded by BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority. We also receive some additional support from the Ministry of Children and Family Development. Thanks also to our corporate sponsors for helping to fund our translated resources.
Association des proches de personnes atteintes de maladie mentale de l’Estrie
Address: 574, rue King Est, Sherbrooke (Quebec), J1G 1B5
Phone: 819 563-1363
Mental illness is a complex field that is still full of prejudice. Yet, it can strike anyone, regardless of age, race and social status. In fact, one in five people will develop a mental illness at some point in their lives, rather it be depression, schizophrenia, mood disorders, etc…
Founded in 1981, l’Association des proches de personnes atteintes de maladie mentale de l’Estrie is a community resource with the goal of supporting and informing the loved ones of individuals suffering from mental illness. We also aim to educate and inform the general population about this problem.
Provincial suicide crisis line
Phone: 1-866-APPELLE (277-3553)
Quebec National Crisis Line
Our recommended websites
SHERBROOKE DATABASE OF COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS : http://www.ville.sherbrooke.qc.ca/fileadmin/fichiers/InfoSherbrookois/hiver2012/4-VieCommunautaireANG.pdf
THE CANADIAN MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION : http://www.cmha.ca/