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MONSTER ACADEMY MENTAL-HEALTH RESOURCE LIST FOR YOUTH (and older folks, too!) IN MONTREAL* 

*List adapted, with gratitude, from Project 10 and the Centre for Gender Advocacy

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List in perpetual progress – check back often for updates and corrections! We have done our best to include current, accurate information but please confirm rates, hours, etc with the organizations and private counselors listed here before accessing their services. If you see a mistake please email us at monsteracademymtl@gmail.com to let us know.

Public/Community Mental Health Services

  • Douglas Mental Health Institute/Hospital

Phone: 514-761-6131

Website: http://www.douglas.qc.ca/

Address: 6875 LaSalle Boulevard, Verdun QC

Language: Services in French/English with the possibility to request a translator for another language if needed.

Hours & cost: Open 24 hours per day for emergencies, call to make an appointment. Free.

Notes: Requires a doctor’s referral. Will see anyone of any age or location, even if they lack a healthcare card or a fixed address, etc. Specializes in mental health (does not include autism) including eating disorders, mental illness, mood problems etc. Some buildings are wheelchair accessible and some aren’t.

  • McGill University Health Centre – Mental Health

Phone: 514 934-4411 (MUHC directory – different extension for different mental health departments)

Website: https://muhc.ca/mental-health/profile/mental-health

Location: Services offered at different hospitals around Montreal.

Cost: Free, covered by RAMQ.

Language: Services in English and French

Description: External Services, In-Patient Services, Consultation-Liason Services, Psychiatric Emergency Services. Services include psychiatry, psychology, individual and group support. Special units for Mood Disorders, Personality Disorders, Addiction, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Anxiety Disorders, Early Psychosis and Schizophrenia Spectrum and more.

Notes: Different units have different referral criteria. Most often require referral from CLSC/CSSS/family doctor/emergency room but check on the specific program of interest for information.

  • Projet Suivi Communautaire

Phone: 514-366-0891

Website: http://projetsuivicommunautaire.com/

Address: 1751 Richardson #6.108, Montréal

Hours & cost: 9-4:30 pm Monday-Friday. Free.

Language: French/English.

Description: Services focus on people living in the southwest of Montreal. Psychosocial support services, housing integration for people living with mental illness.

Notes:  Access to general psychosocial support can be doctor, counsellor or self-referral. Housing integration support requires referral from Douglass or McGill hospital network.

  • Concordia Counselling and Development

Phone: 514-848-2424 extension 3575

Website: http://www.concordia.ca/students/counselling-life-skills.html

Address: Loyola Campus AD-103, SGW Campus H-440

Hour & cost: Monday-Thursday 9am – 5 pm. Friday 9am-1pm. Free for Concordia students.

Language: French/English

Notes: Available to Concordia students only with valid student ID and who are registered in classes. Services not available to those without a fixed address or valid healthcare card. Wheelchair accessible. Limited number of sessions over the course of a student’s degree. Some sensitivity training to LGBTQ issues and somewhat trans positive. You can see the list of current counsellors here: http://www.concordia.ca/students/counselling-life-skills/meet-counsellors.html

  • McGill Mental Health Services

Phone: 514-398-6094

Website: www.mcgill.ca/mentalhealth

Address: 3600 McTavish, Suite 5500

Hours & cost: Monday-Friday 9 am – 5 pm. Free unless cancellation happens less than in 24 hours in advance (20$), if someone does not show up (60$).

Language: French/English

Notes: Available only to full-time McGill students with a valid student ID and valid healthcare cards. Wheelchair accessible, including washrooms. Gender neutral washrooms available. Staff have training in LGBT sensitivity.

  • Chez Pops Day Centre

Phone: 514 526-7677 ext: 238, 1 888 520-7677 (toll free)

Website: http://www.danslarue.com/en/services/front-line-services/chez-pops

Language: French, English

Description: Free, non-judgemental services for street-involved youth aged 12-25, including counselling, education, mentorship, employment help and family services.

  • DESTA Black Youth Network

Phone: 514 932-7597
Address: 1950 St. Antoine West

Website: http://www.destabyn.org/

Description: Free services for marginalized youth, aged 18 to 25, primarily from the Black community in the Greater Montreal area. Education, health & personal development, and employment mentorship services, including individual support.

  • Native Friendship Centre of Montreal

Phone: 514 499-1854, 1 855 499-1854 (toll-free)

Website: http://nfcm.org/

Address: 2001 boul. St. Laurent

Language: French, English

Description: Free services for aboriginal youth and adults, including the Inter-Tribal Youth Centre, Day Centre and Street Patrol.  Medical, legal and social services, activities, food, listening and support, referrals.

  • AMI Quebec (Action on Mental Illness)

Website: www.amiquebec.org

Email: info@amiquebec.org

Phone: 514-486-1448, 1-877-303-0264 (toll free)

Address: 5800 Boul. Décarie

Language: English

Description: Services for family, friends and caregivers of people navigating mental illness. Short-term counselling & support groups, coping skills training, education for families, on-site support for caregivers of loved ones admitted to the ER of the Douglas Hospital.

Notes: No specific sensitivity training, but the staff are very familiar with LGBTQ folks. 

Medical Clinics

  • Clinique medicale l’alternative

Phone: 514 281-9848

Website: www.cliniquedelalternative.com

Address: 2034 Saint Hubert Street, Montreal QC H2L 3Z5

Language: French Only

Hours & cost: Monday-Thursday 8:30am-5pm, Friday 8:30am-4pm. All services are free for those with a Quebec Health Card.

Description: Offers gynaecology exams, contraceptives, STD information, testing, and treatment (including rapid HIV testing), and abortions days and evenings. Appointments are recommended, but not necessary in emergency cases.

Notes: Not wheelchair accessible.

  • Head and Hands

Phone: 514-481-0277

Website: www.headandhands.ca

Email: info@headandhands.ca

Address: 5833 Sherbrooke Ouest

Language: English, French

Hours: Drop-in medical clinic most Tuesday & Thursday evenings. Spaces are limited so you must arrive before 5pm on clinic nights. Free.

Notes: Services are limited to people 25 and under (but resources & referrals available to people above 25).  Other services include legal services, young parents’ program, youth drop-in centre, street workers, counselling, tutoring and more. The organization also has a wide variety of information available on sexuality and sexual health. Queer- and Trans-Friendly. Not wheelchair accessible.

  • L’Actuel Medical Clinic

Phone: 514-524-1001

Website: www.cliniquelactuel.com

Address: 1001 Maisonneuve Est #1130

Language: French, English

Description: Full medical clinic, including STD and HIV prevention, treatment, and information. Most services are free with Quebec Health Card, but call ahead to confirm. Medical treatment and psychosocial support available for HIV-positive patients.

Notes: Queer- and Trans-Friendly.

Private Therapists/Counsellors/Psychologists

  • The Argyle Institute

Phone: (514) 931-5629

Email: info@argyleinstitute.org

Website: http://argyleinstitute.org/

“Make an Appointment” online form: http://argyleinstitute.org/appointment/

Description: Non-profit organization with a large team of therapists who provide counselling at sliding scale rates for individuals, couples, families and groups dealing with a variety of life circumstances and mental health issues. 2 specialized teams – one made up of LGBT identified/friendly therapists (PRIDE Team) and another that specializes in anorexia and bulimia (Eating Disorder Team).

Cost: $40 processing fee to open a file ($30 if unemployed). $35-$100 sliding scale for 60 minute sessions, depending on income (you will be asked to show proof of income to determine eligibility for sliding scale rates).

Notes: Located in Westmount, near Atwater metro. Wheelchair accessible, though bathrooms have limited accessibility. Gendered bathrooms.

  • Alison Carpenter

Private Psycho-therapist, counseling.
Phone: 514-285-9155

Email: carpenteralison@hotmail.com

Website: http://alisoncarpentertherapy.org/

Language: Services in English and French

Hours & cost: Daytime hours. $90/hr, $130/90 mins for couples

Notes: Queer and trans positive, between 30-40% of clients are trans, and many queer folks, sex-worker + and polyamoury +. Coverage by some benefit plans, including Concordia’s health plan under naturopathy. Not wheelchair accessible, but willing to negotiate seeing someone at another location. Can access services without address, ID, healthcare card etc. Gender neutral bathrooms.

  • Nicole Marek

Private psychologist/counsellor
Phone: 514 686-248

Email: nnmarek@gmail.com

Website: www.nicolemarek.ca
Hours & cost: Available during the day and for evening appointments. Sliding scale – usual fee is $100 but a sliding scale fee is available, to be determined based on means.

Language: English, French

Notes: Great interest and knowledge in queer/trans-related issues Not wheelchair accessible. Gender neutral washrooms available. Services available to people without ID.

  • Dale Robinson

Concordia Counselling & Private Practice

Phone: Concordia: 514 848-2424 ext. 4389 Private: 514 293-0325

Language: English but will work with couples in French.

Hours & cost: Evenings. Concordia: Up to 10 free sessions, following which referrals are given
Private: $70 (some flexibility at times)
Description: Experience with anxiety, relationships (sometimes takes couples), young adults, depression, symptom reduction and understanding
causes.

Notes: Queer +, Trans +, BDSM +, has worked with many queer people and transitioning people. NDG near Vendome metro. Wheelchair accessible, but her office is very small, so that could be difficult, 6th floor. Gender neutral washrooms

  • Shawna Atkins

Psychologist

Phone: 514 715-4995

Website: http://wellnessinmind.ca/psychologist/shawna-atkins-ph-d/

Language: French, English

Cost: $125 – sliding scale has limited room, but is based on income (covered by some benefit plans)
Description: Focus on eating disorders, self-injury, survivors of abuse and trauma,
anxiety, depression, women’s issues. Works from feminist and multicultural
perspective. Is available for couples counseling

Notes: Is queer/LGB, trans and polyamory positive, though it’s not a
primary focus of her work.
Westmount area, not wheelchair accessible, no gender neutral washroom, no cards/address (health care, state issued ID) needed

  • Diane Mondor

Phone: 514-524-3339

Hours & cost: Evenings/weekends. $70, $60 for students (but confirm prices when booking appointment).

Language: English, French (Anglophone, speaks French)

Description: Feminist perspective, “you are your own best expert”. Also employs focusing techniques. No couples. Career counseling available. Familiar with community services.

Notes: Sex work +, queer +, BDSM+, Survivor+, Experience with trans and multicultural clients. Located near Fabre/Laurier. Not wheelchair accessible (2 tall sets of stairs). No ID (healthcare, fixed address, etc) needed. Gender neutral washrooms.

  • Nathalie Cohen

Psychotherapy, conflict mediation, workshops & facilitation

Phone: 514-447-4929

Website:  http://nathaliecohen.ca

Language: Services offered in English but can give referrals or more info about her services in both English & French. Able to work with English-to-French (or other languages) translators and ASL & LSQ interpreters.

Cost: Psychotherapy $45-$100 sliding scale for 50-minute session. Workshops/mediation/facilitation $60-$100 sliding scale per workshop/facilitation hour.

Description: Work with individuals, couples and families as well as people who have come together for reasons other than traditional family groupings such as friends, alternative family structures, roommates and work colleagues. Client-centred, collaborative, LGBTQ-friendly and anti-oppressive framework. Mostly cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) and emotion-focused therapy (EFT). Works mostly with people coming with difficulties in daily struggles, problems and relational issues rather than those coping with more severe mental health issues. Participation in queer, radical and anarchist communities – comfortable with their wide variety of ways of being, values and relationship styles. Able to write letters required for gender transition.

Notes: Sees clients at the Argyle Institute near Atwater metro. Building is wheelchair accessible but bathrooms have limited accessibility and are gender assigned.

  • Alexandra Di Paolo, M.S.W.

Phone: 514-560-2887

Email: alexandra.dipaolo@hotmail.com
Hours & cost: Daytime and some evenings. $100 per session. Some sliding scale spaces available.
Description: Queer and trans positive, alternative-relationship-structures positive.

Notes: Wheelchair accessible.

  • Parneet Chohan – Counselling Therapist

Email: mtlopencenter@gmail.com

Phone: (514) 397-9307

Address: Montreal Open Centre – 5165 Rue Sherbrooke West, #300

Language: English

Description: I believe in building community and social support as empowerment and resilience. I incorporate imagery, storytelling, meditation, and mindfulness in my therapeutic work. I specialize in working with anxiety, negative self talk, trauma and grief work and encourage clients to gain awareness of their own boundaries, needs and values.

  • Yael Glick

Email: yaelglick@yahoo.com

Cost: Sliding scale down to $40.

Langauge: Speaks English, Hebrew and Swedish and understands French.

Notes: Doesn’t do crisis-situation or one-time counseling. No wheelchair access. Very comfortable with trans clients. Healthcare cards are not necessary but an address would be good. Queen Mary close to Snowdon metro.

  • Hannah Harris-Sutro

Email: hannah@bodywitch.com

Cost: $40-100/hour sliding scale

Language: English

Description: Somatic counseling that guides folks to connect with the power and wisdom of their own bodies, using conversation, gesture, sensation, movement, mindfulness and narrative therapy tools. Low-touch or no-touch sessions are always available. Harm-reductive, anti-oppressive, consent-based, you are the expert on you. Office located near métro Lionel-Groulx.

Notes: If you don’t use other support services because they don’t get your body, your identity, or experience, I might be a good fit for you! Questions from clients or prospective clients about my background, training, experience, and/or approach are always encouraged. Please get in touch if you have questions about accessibility of the space.

  • Jason Phelps

Clinical Social Worker/Therapist

Phone: 514 600-0218

Website: www.jphelps.ca

Email: info@jphelps.ca

Address: Nicolet Psychotherapy Clinic – 2050 rue Nicolet

Language: English, French

Cost: $120 per session

  • Reida Real Reyes

Psychologist

Phone: 514-400-2517

Website: www.reidarealreyes.com

Email: reidareal@yahoo.com

Address: 360 Victoria Avenue, Suite 303

Language: English/French/Spanish

Cost: $80-$100/session, sliding scale available

Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault

  • S.O.S Violence conjugale

Phone: 514 873-9010, 1 800 363-9010 (toll free).

Website: www.sosviolenceconjugale.ca

Hours: 24/7

Description: Assistance for victims of domestic violence. Reception, support, guidance and referrals to specialized services through a confidential and anonymous phone service. Also has shelters for women victims and their children, victim accompaniment, follow-up care, outside counseling and a hotline.

  • Montreal Sexual Assault Centre

Phone: 514-934-4504

Website: http://cvasm.org/

Language: English, French

Description: Free bilingual support services for all victims of sexual assault, abuse, and/or incest, as well as for their family and friends. 24/7 crisis line for sexual assault victims. Free & confidential. Phoneline available to people of all ages, other services only available to those over 18. Other services include accompaniment for medical and legal appointments, short-term counseling for those who experienced sexual assault in the previous 12 months, as well as their family and friends.

Notes: Those who do not speak English or French are asked to come accompanied by someone who does. If this is not possible the centre will try to find an interpreter.

  • Sexual Assault Centre of the McGill Students’ Society

Phone: 514-398-8500

E-mail: main@sacomss.org

Website: http://sacomss.org/

Drop-in address: McGill University
Shatner Bldg. Basement
3480 McTavish, B-27

Language: English

Cost: All services are free and open to the public.

Description: The Sexual Assault Centre of the McGill Students’ Society (SACOMSS) is a volunteer-run organization committed to supporting survivors of sexual assault and their allies through direct support, advocacy, and outreach. Services include Drop-In and Line (DIAL), Support Groups, Advocacy, and Outreach. Additionally, we offer sexual assault sensitivity training to McGill and Montreal groups, provide information and referrals, and organize events to raise awareness about sexual assault.

Notes: SACOMSS is a pro-survivor, pro-feminist, anti-racist, anti-ableist, anti-classist, queer-positive, trans-positive and anti-oppressive organization.

Gender/Sexuality

  • Center for Gender Advocacy

Phone: 514-848-2424 ext.7431 Listening line: ext. 7880

Website: www.genderadvocacy.org

Address: 2110 Mackay, 1st floor

Language: French/English

Hours & cost: Peer-support dropin hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10-am-noon. Free.

Description: The Centre for Gender Advocacy (CGA) is an independent, student-funded, Concordia University organization, mandated to promoting gender equality and empowerment particularly as it relates to marginalized communities. This mandate is achieved through on-going programming, campaigns, resources, services, and advocacy. The organization has a wide variety of resources available and can make referrals. Services offered include peer-support & advocacy, listening line, binder (chest compression vest) exchange program, needle/gear-exchange, safer sex supplies.

Notes: Queer- and Trans-Friendly. Services are open to anyone, free and confidential. Centre is wheelchair accessible.

  • West Island LGBTQ Youth Centre

Phone: 514-794-5428

Website: www.lgbtqyouthcentre.ca

Email: info@lgbtqyouthcenter.ca

Address: Beconsfield United Church, 202 Woodside Road, Beaconsfield, QC H9W 2P1

Language: French/English

Hours & cost: Drop-in Tuesday and Wednesday from 4:30-8pm. Free.

Description: The Youth Center provides support and referrals to young people with questions about their sexuality or gender identity. Folks can call in to talk to someone, or to arrange a one-on-one meeting.

Notes: Services are confidential and anonymous.

  • Jeunesse Lambda

Phone: 514-528-7535

Website: www.jeunesselambda.org

Email: info@jeunesselambda.org

Address: l’Astérisk*, 1575 Amherst

Hours & cost: Drop-in, Fridays 6-9pm. Free

Language: French

Description: Jeunesse Lambda is a community organization created by and for lesbian, gay, and bisexual francophone youth aged 25 and under in Montreal. Many activities are geared towards assisting youth with questions about sexuality, coming-out, and acceptance.

  • Project 10

Phone: 514-989-0001 Listening Line: 514-989-4585

Website: http://p10.qc.ca

Email: questions@p10.qc.ca

Address: l’Astérisk*, 1575 Amherst

Language: English/French

Hours & cost: Drop in Thursdays from 6:30pm-8:30pm, Listening line from Monday-Thursday from 12-6pm. Free.

Description: Project 10 is a community organization that provides peer counselling, support, and referrals to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, two-spirited, intersex, queer and questioning youth aged 14-25. One-on-one in person meetings and accompaniments are available. Project 10 also conducts outreach activities, speaking in schools and giving presentations to health care professionals etc on queer and trans issues and realities and safer spaces.

  • (ASTT(e)Q) Action Santé Travesties et Transsexuelles du Québec

Phone: 514-847-0067 x207 (general information, support, referrals) // 514-847-0067 x216

Website: http://astteq.org/

Email: info@astteq.org

Fax: 514-847-0601

Address: 1300 Sanguinet, Montréal, QC H2X 3E7 // our office entrance is at 300 Ste-Catherine east, 2nd floor (between metros Berri-UQAM & St-Laurent)

Language: French/English

Description: ASTT(e)Q is a working group of CACTUS Montreal, that provides support and referrals specifically to Transvestite and Transexual persons in Quebec. ASST(e)Q can help trans folks get connected to a whole variety of services, and also provides a great community with weekly drop-in events etc.

  • Union for Gender Empowerment

Phone: 514-398-2569

Address: 3480 McTavish Street (Shatner University Centre), Room 413

Website: http://unionforgenderempowerment.org/

Email: unionforgenderempowerment@gmail.com

Language: English

Description: The Union for Gender Empowerment is a trans-positive feminist service of the Student Society of McGill University (SSMU). Alternative lending library (with over a thousand titles!); a co-op stocking pay-what-you-can ecologically responsible menstrual products, DIY sex toys, safer sex supplies, and gender empowerment items; and a zine library. The UGE also runs trans* 101/allyship and anti-oppression workshops for other organizations and projects, and has a resource binder with information about abortion services, counseling, and queer/trans*-friendly health services in Montreal.

Notes: Services open to anyone. Wheelchair-accessible safe(r) space for people of all genders.

Crisis Intervention & Suicide Prevention/Support

  • Crisis Centres of Montreal, Laval and the Laurentians
    Website: https://www.centredecrise.ca/listecentres (French only)

    Language: French. Many workers speak English but it may depend centre to centre.

    Hours & Cost: 24/7, Free

    Description: 9 crisis centres throughout Montreal, Laval and the Laurentians. Services generally offered include crisis phone line, on-call street team, temporary housing, accompaniment & support in clients’ home/community, consultations & references. Check out individual centres for other services

  • Association I.R.I.S

Phone: 514 388 9233

Fax: 514-388-8053

Email: rh@associationiris.ca

Website: http://www.associationiris.ca/index.htm

Address: 2430, boul. Henri-Bourassa Est, bureau 101

Language: French

Hours & cost: 24/7. Free

Description: Mandate is to offer help and social services to adults & youth experiencing severe mental health problems. Crisis intervention centre, out-patient program and in-patient program.

  • Suicide Action Montreal (SAM)

Phone: (514) 723-4000

Website: http://suicideactionmontreal.org

Hours & Costs: Free, 24/7.

Description: Confidential crisis phone line (suicide oriented).

Hotlines

  • Jeunesse J’écoute

Phone: 1-800-668-6868

Website: http://org.jeunessejecoute.ca/en/

Language: English/French

Hours & cost: 24/7. 365 days a year. Free. 

Description: Kids & teenagers Help Phone is a free, anonymous and confidential phone and online professional counselling service for youth. Big or small concerns.

  • Trans Lifeline

Phone: (877) 330-6366

Websitehttp://www.translifeline.org/

Language: English

Description: Phone support line for trans people, staffed by trans people. This line is primarily for transgender people experiencing a crisis. This includes people who may be struggling with their gender identity and are not sure that they are transgender. While our goal is to prevent self harm, we welcome the call of any transgender person in need. We will do our very best to connect them with services that can help them meet that need. If you are not sure whether you should call or not, then please call us.

Notes: You can also check out the list of phoneline volunteers & their schedules if you want to try to speak to someone specific. 

  • Gai Écoute

Phone: 514 866-0103 (Montreal), 1 888 505-1010 (toll-free)

Email: aide@gaiecoute.org

Website: http://www.gaiecoute.org

Language: French/English

Hours & cost: 8am-midnight, Eastern Time. Free.

Description: Canada-wide bilingual helpline and information centre for people concerned with questions related to sexual orientation and gender identity. Phone chat, online chat and email support options available.

Notes: Anonymous & confidential.

  • Depressed Anonymous

Phone: 514-278-2130

Website: http://www.depressedanon.com/

Hours & cost: 24/7. Free.

Description: Depressed Anonymous formed to provide therapeutic resources for depressed individuals of all ages. They work with chronically depressed people and those recently discharged from health facilities who were treated for depression.

  • Narcotics Anonymous

Phone: (514) 249-0555

Email: scraaana.coor@naquebec.org

Website: http://www.naquebec.org/

Language: French/English

Hours & cost: 24/7. Free.

Description: Helpline for people with drug addictions.

  • Alcoholics Anonymous

Phone: (514)376-9230

Website: www.aa87.org

Language: English/French

Hours & cost: 24/7. Free.

Description: Helpline for people struggling with alcohol dependence.

  • Centre de References du Grand Montreal

Phone: 514-527-1375

Fax: 514-527-9712

Website: http://www.info-reference.qc.ca/

Email: crgm@info-reference.qc.ca

Language: English/French

Description: Provide references about Montreal health & wellbeing resources.

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