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Don’t Just Get Loud, #GetReal About How to Help!

Don’t Just Get Loud, #GetReal About How to Help!

May 2 to 8 is #MentalHealthWeek, and it’s all about empathy!  #Empathy is something that we can all learn. It’s about choosing not to judge.  Seeing the world as others do. Tuning in to each other and actively listening. Understanding someone’s feelings. Empathy has the…

New Program for 4- and 5-Year-Old Kinders: Learning through Play, Names & Sounds of the Alphabet and Targeted Prevention Activities

New Program for 4- and 5-Year-Old Kinders: Learning through Play, Names & Sounds of the Alphabet and Targeted Prevention Activities

Children entering kindergarten this year will follow a new Preschool Program adopted by the Québec government.  Daily activities will continue to revolve around play, but there is now a new focus on learning the names and sounds of the alphabet, as well as the implementation of…

Books to Share with your Child about Starting School

Books to Share with your Child about Starting School

This list of books might help you and your child to talk about that very exciting and even scary first day of school. These stories can help you explain to your child what to expect that first day, answer their questions or concerns and reassure…

What Are You Up to this Weekend? | Visit to the New Donalda-Charron Library in the Plateau (Aylmer sector of Gatineau)

What Are You Up to this Weekend? | Visit to the New Donalda-Charron Library in the Plateau (Aylmer sector of Gatineau)

Nat and her family visited the new Donalda-Charron library located on the rue de Bruxelles in the Plateau area (Aylmer/Hull sector of Gatineau) in the Outaouais. “It was such a joy to visit!” said Natalie Filiou, Connexions Communications Coordinator. “The library was bright, airy and…

Downloadable Resources from Naître et Grandir

Downloadable Resources from Naître et Grandir

These cute and useful resources include information about toddlers, communication as a parent, sleep hygiene, healthy eating, helping your child respect the rules and emotional development. Feel free to download and print:  

List of Resources for Women Looking for Help | International Women’s Day

List of Resources for Women Looking for Help | International Women’s Day

We’ve put together a list of resources specific to women.  These include non-crisis and crisis supports, shelters for women, support groups, resources for immigrant women and special awareness celebrations dedicated to women.  

Getting Comfortable in Uncomfortable Situations | Caregivers’ Circle Workshop Recap 

Getting Comfortable in Uncomfortable Situations | Caregivers’ Circle Workshop Recap 

We welcomed special guest, Erica Ouimet, Developmental Service Worker and professional caregiver to our February 10th virtual Caregivers’ Circle. Erica discussed the common challenges that caregivers face while providing personal care such as toileting and bathing. “It’s important to talk about the awkwardness, to discuss…

Hooked on School Days: A Moment For Them | Feb 14 to 18, 2022

Hooked on School Days: A Moment For Them | Feb 14 to 18, 2022

February can be a tough month for kids in school- it marks the end of the second term, the half-mark for the end of year, and students can often feel like they’ve run out of steam, are sluggish and unmotivated.  Now, at the halfway point,…

This year, Suicide Prevention Week (Jan 30-Feb 5) Is All About: Speaking Out.

This year, Suicide Prevention Week (Jan 30-Feb 5) Is All About: Speaking Out.

The 32th edition of Suicide Prevention Week focuses on a critical component of prevention: speaking up. To reduce suicide rates, it is important to open up both a one‑on‑one and a collective dialogue on the topic. Since suicide already receives extensive media coverage and features…

Talking About Suicide Saves Lives – Suicide Prevention Week (Jan 30 – Feb 5) – Resources for Adults

Talking About Suicide Saves Lives – Suicide Prevention Week (Jan 30 – Feb 5) – Resources for Adults

January 30 to February 5 is Suicide Prevention Week in Québec  under the theme: “Talking about suicide saves lives.” In 2015, 1,128 Quebecers took their own lives (according to the province’s latest data from the Institut national de santé publique). This is 3 suicides per…

Talking About Suicide Saves Lives – Suicide Prevention Week (January 30 – February 5) – Resources for Youth

Talking About Suicide Saves Lives – Suicide Prevention Week (January 30 – February 5) – Resources for Youth

January 30 to February 5 is Suicide Prevention Week in Québec  under the theme: “Talking about suicide saves lives.” The tragedy of a young person dying because of overwhelming hopelessness or frustration is devastating to family, friends, and community. Parents, siblings, classmates, coaches, and neighbors…

#YouAsked: “I’ve Been Having a Really Difficult Time Coping with my Anxiety During this COVID-19 Pandemic. What Can I Do to Help Alleviate the Extra Stress?”

#YouAsked: “I’ve Been Having a Really Difficult Time Coping with my Anxiety During this COVID-19 Pandemic. What Can I Do to Help Alleviate the Extra Stress?”

Remember, it’s ok to not be ok. Feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, and worry can be tough to contain, especially if your usual coping skills are being affected by this virus. And taking care of your mental health is just as important now even when the…

Naloxone Kits Available for Free at Pharmacies or Public Health Units

Naloxone Kits Available for Free at Pharmacies or Public Health Units

  Naloxone is a life-saving medication that can stop or reverse an opioid overdose.  Within the scope of its national opioid overdose prevention and response strategy, the Québec government has implemented a program for free access to naloxone. An antidote to opioid overdose, naloxone is now available…

Youth and Opioids: What Do I Need to Know as a Parent?

Youth and Opioids: What Do I Need to Know as a Parent?

Did you know that…  87% of teenagers think their parents are credible sources of information about illegal drugs (Health Canada study)? As a parent, you can make a big difference as you are your child’s best defense against drug use. Here are some things to…