The following is not necessarily an exhaustive or up to date list of resources available. Should you have questions about any of the services or require additional information, please contact the organizations directly. These links are provided as a convenience and should not be construed as a endorsements of any of the organizations.
I do however, hope that you find the support that you need.
AGENCE OMETZ: 1 Cummings Square (5151 Cote Ste Catherine Rd.), Montreal, QC H3W 1M6, Telephone: (514) 342-0000
Agence Ometz is an integrated social service centre created from the merger of Jewish Family Services (JFS) Jewish Employment Montreal (JEM), and Jewish Immigrant Aid Services (JIAS). Agence Ometz offers a variety of services spanning the entire life cycle, designed to educate, support and help individuals and families both in the Jewish and community at large by offering a range of human services.
AMCAL FAMILY SERVICES: 7 St. Anne St, Pointe Claire, QC H9S 4P6, Telephone: (514) 694-3161, www.amcal.ca
AMCAL Family Services is a community based agency, located in the West Island, which provides accessible, innovative, professional services to help promote and preserve healthy family relationships. AMCAL offers family counseling to support parents, school based and group programs, a supervised visitation program for families dealing with foster care and a drop in social support group for young parents.
BARTIMAEUS INC.: 3551 St. Charles Boul., Kirkland, QC H9H 3C4, Telephone : 514-991-7432, www.bartimaeus.com
BATSHAW YOUTH AND FAMILY CENTRES: 5 Weredale Park, Westmount, QC H3Z 1Y5, Telephone: (514) 695-5251,
(514) 935-6196, www.batshaw.ca
Batshaw Youth and Family Center delivers services mandated by the Youth Protection, Youth Criminal Justice and Health and Social Services Acts. Most of the services are aimed at a population base of 117,000 English speaking youth living on the island of Montreal. The composition of the population base has a strong presence of racial, cultural, ethnic and religious minorities. The residential treatment services are accessible to English speaking youth from across the province. This adds to the population base of about 60,000 youth from 6- 17 years.
BIG BROTHERS AND BIG SISTERS OF WEST ISLAND: Telephone: (514) 694-6100, WWW.BBBSOFWI.ORG.
Service providing mentors for children & teens living in single parent families.
BRILLIANT BEGINNINGS INC. : 2840 St-Charles Suite 200, Kirkland, QC H9H 3B6, Telephone: (514) 708-5437, www.brilliant-beginnings.org
Servicing children affected with Autism, PDD, Language Delays. Treatment: ABA Therapy, Speech Therapy, Social Skills Groups, Daycare and Preschool Shadows Home and Treatment Center Based in West Island and Laval.
BRUNSWICK MEDICAL CENTER: 955 Boul. St Jean, Pointe-Claire, QC H9R 5K3, Telephone: (514) 426-6677
CCS Community Services: 1857 De Maisonneuve Blvd, Montreal, QC H3H 1J9, Telephone: (514) 937-5351
CENTRE DES JEUNES DE L’ILE BIZARD : Telephone: (514) 620-7355
CENTRE JEUNESSE DE MONTREAL: 1001 Boul. de Maisonneuve Est, Montreal, QC H2L 1Y4 , Telephone: (514) 896-3200, www.centrejeunessedemontreal.qc.ca
CLOVERDALE MULTI-RESSOURCES : Telephone: (514) 684-8228
CSSS DE L’OUEST DE L’ILE – CSSS WEST ISLAND Site CLSC LAC SAINT LOUIS, CLSC PIERREFONDS: 13800 Boul. Gouin, Pierrefonds, QC H8Z 3H6. Telephone: (514) 626-2572.
FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER: 4855 boul. des Sources, Pierrefonds QC H8Y 3C8, Telephone: (514) 685-5912. Website: www.familyresourcecenter.qc.ca, Director Carrie Goldberg
FEDERATION CJA: 1 Cumming Square, Montreal, QC, Telephone: (514) 735-3541
FEDERATION CJA WEST ISLAND : 96 Roger Pilon Blvd. Dollard des Ormeaux, QC H9B 2E1 (514) 624-5005 http://www.federationcja.org/
HEAD AND HANDS : Telephone: (514) 481-0277 www.headandhands.ca, Medical, legal & counselling services for 12 to 25 year olds.
MAB – MACKAY REHABILITATION CENTRE: Address: 7000 Sherbrooke St. W. Montreal, QC H4B 1R3 Telephone: (514) 482-0487
The Montreal Association for the Blind (MAB) and the Mackay Rehabilitation Centre have amalgamated to create the MAB- Rehabilitation Centre. The Centre provides social integration services to children with motor or language impairments and to persons of all ages who are blind or visually impaired and/or deaf or hard of hearing. While the MAB is committed to serving the English-speaking population of Quebec, its services are available in both English and French.
MAISON DES JEUNES A MA BAIE: Telephone: (514) 685-2989 www.membres.lycos.fr/amabaie
MAISON DES JEUNES DE PIERREFONDS : Telephone: (514) 683-4164
MAISON DES JEUNES L’ESCALIER DE LACHINE : Telephone: (514) 637-0934, www.colba.net
MUHC – MONTREAL CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL: 2300 Tupper, Montreal, QC H3H 1P3, Telephone: (514) 412-4455 (social service dept) The Montreal Children’s Hospital, part of the McGill University Hospital Centre (MUHC), specializes in children and adolescents from birth to 18 years old.
NURTURED HEART APPROACH Telephone: (514) 487-3533 e-mail: email@example.com contact: Linda Aber
PARENT CHILD RESOURCE CENTER: 2791 Cote Ste. Catherine, Montreal, QC, H3T 1B5, Telephone: (514) 733-4959
PROJET COMMUNAUTAIRES PIERREFONDS : Telephone: (514) 684-5995, 11 different programs for immigrant & low-income youth & families
WEST ISLAND ASSOICATION FOR THE INTELLECTUALLY HANDICAPPED (WIAIH): 111 Donegani, Pointe-Claire (Qc) H9R 2W3 Telephone : (514) 694-7090 Website : www.wiaih.qc.ca
WEST ISLAND CRISIS CENTRE (CRISIS CENTRE 18 AND OVER) : Telephone: 684-6160, Crisis intervention service & mobile unit as well as temporary shelter for adults having psychosocial difficulties
WEST ISLAND Y CENTRE : Telephone: (514) 694-9622 WWW.YQUEBEC.ORG
WEST ISLAND YMCA CENTRE: 230, boul. Brunswick Pointe Claire H9R 5N5 YMCA Phone: (514) 630-9864. Website: www.yquebec.org
The West Island Y provides many programs for youth including DE-Zone drop-in centre. This is a safe drug-free environment and drop-in space for youth to ‘hang-out’. The Y provides direct informal supportive counseling and referrals, encourages the implementation of youth initiated activities and includes new programming that includes Zone workshops, an arts program, an after-school homework program, an addictions prevention program, etc.
A free after school homework and tutoring support is provided with Education 360, an organization offering academic support with experienced teachers from the alternative school system. Normally this type of support is inaccessible because of the expense of high tutoring costs but will be free to youth attending De-Zone.
THE WEST MONTREAL READATATION CENTRE (CROM): Frank Vincelli. Telephone: (514) 363-3025 Address: 8000 Notre dame West, Lachine H8R 1H2. West Montreal Readaptation Centre (WMRC) provides readaptation, social integration participation and specialized services to individuals living with an intellectual disability and/or pervasive developmental disorder including autism,. WMRC provides lifespan services, offering services to children, adolescents and adults as well as support to their families.
WOMEN’S Y OF MONTREAL (YWCA): 1355 blvd. Rene Levesque ouest, Montreal, QC Telephone: (514) 866-9941. The Women’s Y provides programs specifically for women. The goal is to facilitate and encourage women in their personal development and capacity building. Leadership Services (Youth): Develops and delivers programming to promote and enhance the overall well being of girls. Groups are run in school and community centers. The program objectives are: to stimulate inquiry into identity, value systems and relationships; to cultivate leadership, social consciousness and solidarity; to inspire physical and creative expression.
WEST ISLAND YM-YWHA: 13101 Gouin Boulevard Ouest, Pierrefonds, Quebec. Telephone: (514) 624-6750
RECREATIONAL SERVICES: THE FOLLOWING ARE ACTIVITY CENTRES FOR 12 – 17 YEARS OLDS:
MAISON DES JEUNES À-MA-BAIE: Telephone: (514) 685-2989
MAISON DES JEUNES DE PIERREFONDS: (12-18 YRS): Telephone: (514) 683-4164
MAISON DES JEUNES L’ESCALIER DE LACHINE: Telephone: (514) 637-0934
ONROCK MINISTRIES DROP-IN CENTRE “THE VAULT”: Telephone: (514) 696-1905. WWW.ONROCK.ORG
CYBERBULLYING: www.cyberbullying.ca, information about cyberbullying
CYBERBULLYING PREVENTION: http://netbullies.com, preventing and handling cyberbullying and harassment
DEFINE THE LINE: www.definetheline.ca, information about cyberbullying launched by a McGill professor
MEDIA AWARENESS NETWORK: www.media-awareness.ca, tools to protect your children from cyberbullying
SAFE KIDS CANADA: www.safekids.com, site about safe cell phone use and internet safety
CAROUSEL- NOVA WEST ISLAND: Telephone: (514) 695-8335 ext. 210, Offers support to grieving children and youth who are coping with loss and change. Individual and group sessions.
CAPPINO PHYSIO AND WELLNESS CENTER: 2101 TransCanada Hwy, Dorval, QC Telephone:514-684-9073
Loss and Bereavement Counselling Services offered by Clinical Social Worker -Corrie Sirota MSW, PSW
CYBER PATROL: www.cyberpatrol.com, Software to filter certain kinds of information such as a child’s name, address, and phone number
CYBER SITTER: www.cybersitting.com, software to record children’s internet messages
NET LINGO: www.netlingo.com, a dictionary defining thousands of terms and acronyms used online
NO SLANG: www.noslang.com, provides translation of slang and acronyms used online
ON GUARD ONLINE: www.onguardonline.gov, a website sponsored by the U.S government that offers tips for safe internet surfing and social networking
SPECTORSOFT: www.spectorsoft.com, software to record children’s internet messages
SINGLE PARENT SUPPORT
ONE PARENTS FAMILIES ASSOCIATION: Telephone: (514) 685-2717, a group of single parents meet weekly. Children welcome.
SEPERATED FATHERS: (514) 254-6120, support group
SINGLE MOTHERS PROGRAM (MONTREAL YWCA): Telephone: (514) 866-9941 ext. 416, 19- week program designed to encourage integration into the workforce
SINGLE PARENTS ASSOCIATION: Telephone: (514) 366-8600, provides social services to single parents
AUBERGE SHALOM POUR FEMMES: Telephone: (514) 731-0833, www.aubergeshalom.org, support line for abused women. Available 24/7
EDUCATION COUP-DE-FIL: Telephone: (514) 525-2573, parent hotline manned by trained counsellors who offer support and refer callers to resources
KIDS HELP PHONE: Telephone: (800) 668-6868, www.kidshelpphone.ca, Telephone and web support for kids in distress
PARENTS HELP LINE: Telephone: (514) 288-5555
Offers listening and intervention assistance to parents 24/7
CANADIAN PEDIATRIC SOCIETY: www.caringforkids.cps.ca
Website with advice from Canada’s peditricians
HEALTH CANADA: www.hc-sc.gc.ca,Information about health, latest medical news and recalls
PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCY OF CANADA: www.phac-aspc.gc.ca, Protects the health and safety of Canadians through the prevention of chronic disease and injuries, public health emergencies and infectious disease
AGENCE OMETZ: Telephone: (514) 342-0000, www.ometz.ca, Individual marital and family counselling
ARGYLE INSTITUTE OF HUMAN RELATIONS: Telephone: (514) 931-5629
Non-profit organization providing counselling for couples, families, individuals
CAPPINO PHYSIO AND WELLNESS CENTER: 2101 TransCanada Hwy, Dorval, QC (514) 684-9073
Counselling Services offered by Clinical Social Worker – Corrie Sirota MSW, PSW
& Psychologist Dr. Laurie Betito
DM FAMILY AND SCHOOL SERVICES: 278 Lakeshore, Pointe-Claire, QC H9S 4K9 Telephone: (514) 483-9339,
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, website: www.dmfamilyschool.com
Meeting the need of families: Individual, couple & family therapy, social skills groups for youth, parent training programs, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), play therapy for young children, organization & study skills, blended families, as well as special education consultants provide in-school support (IEP/BIP)
MONTREAL CENTER FOR ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION: 955 Boul. St Jean, Suite 305, Pointe-Claire, Quebec H9R 5K3 Telephone: (514) 796-4357 E-mail: email@example.com website: www.helpforanxietydepression.com Contact information: Sandra Reich, M.Ed, CCC. Director of Clinic Montreal and West Island Offices
ORDER OF PSYCHOLOGISTS OF QUEBEC (800) 363-2644 (514) 738-1881 www.ordrepsy.qc.ca
Helps locate a psychologist in your area
PSYCHOTHERAPY ASSESSMENT TREATMENT AND REFERRAL SERVICE (514) 931-0770
Assessment, treatment and all referrals for people of all ages, individuals and couples
QUEBEC HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES (514) 644-4545 www.msss.gouv.qc.ca
Information on health and social services
SEDONA COUNSELING CENTER (514) 487-2828 www.centresdona.com
Couples, family, blended families, kids and adolescents, divorce, parenting, etc.
STEP BY STEP PHYSIOTHERAPY (514) 804-8925 www.physiostepbystep.ca (514) 963-7934
Pediatric motor development assessments
TINY TOTS MEDICAL CENTER Dollard-des-Ormeaux (514) 685-3531
Variety of diagnostic services for children
CANADA’S FOOD GUIDE www.hc-sc.gc.ca
Learn about healthy eating habits
CANADIAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION & DIETICIANS OF CANADA www.healthyeatinginstore.ca
Deciphering food labels
COLLEGE PEDIATRIC THERAPY 175 Frontenac, Pointe-Claire, QC (514) 461-3934 OR 4145 Sherbrooke St. W. #300
Westmount (514) 933-8255 www.collagetherapies.ca
THE MUMMIES LIST: www.mummieslist.com
MONTREAL MOM’S: www.montrealmom.com
CLINIQUE ENFANT-MEDIC (514) 685- 0880
TINY TOTS MEDICAL CENTRE, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC (514) 685-3531
COLLAGE PEDIATRIC THERAPY (514) 461-3934 (514) 933-8255 www.collagetherapies.ca
THE DONALD BERMAN YALDEI DEVELOPMENT CENTRE (514) 279-3666 www.yaldei.org
Suicide action Montreal – 1-866-277-3553
24/7 – suicidal ideation, someone you love is experiencing suicidal ideation, grief support
514-935-1101 for those needing a listening ear (abusive situations, couples in crises, emotional distress, dependence issues, strained relationships, loneliness, work stress, conjugal violence)
Listening services, referral center, and housing resources, groups to break social isolation
1-888-533-3845 – Cette ligne d’écoute sans frais s’adresse à toute personne vivant un deuil à la suite du décès d’un proche – accessible entre 10h et 22h – 365 jours/année. Les endeuillés peuvent y recevoir une écoute attentive, apportant soutien et réconfort, ainsi que des références
en suivi de deuil.
Our storefront is a drop-in center where people can come free of charge. Confidential help with problems in areas such as housing, welfare, pensions and family benefits.
They offer counselling and therapy for individuals, couples and families
Sliding scale options available
The Golden Sweater is a story about a little boy named Kai who, together with his mother, learns how to navigate a profound loss in their family. The book is dedicated to children and families who have experienced the death of a loved one, and strives to help them better understand, process, and communicate their grief.
Lifetimes is a moving book for children of all ages, even parents too. It lets us explain life and death in a sensitive, caring, beautiful way. Lifetimes tells us about beginnings. And about endings. And about living in between. With large, wonderful illustrations, it tells about plants. About animals. About people. It tells that dying is as much a part of living as being born. It helps us to remember. It helps us to understand.
Specifically written to address children’s fear of being apart from the ones they love, The Invisible String delivers a particularly compelling message in today’s uncertain times that though we may be separated from the ones we care for, whether through anger, or distance or even death, love is the unending connection that binds us all, and, by extension, ultimately binds every person on the planet to everyone else. Parents and children everywhere who are looking for reassurance and reaffirmation of the transcendent power of love, to bind, connect and comfort us through those inevitable times when life challenges us!
Written for children who may not survive their illness or for the children who know them, this tender and touching tale helps address feelings of disbelief, anger, and sadness, along with love and compassion. Amanda and Little Tree discover that their friend Gentle Willow isn’t feeling well. Amanda summons the Tree Wizards, who visit Gentle Willow and determine that they can’t fix her. Amanda is angry at first, but eventually she listens to the Tree Wizards as they explain that death is a transformation and journey into the unknown. They also counsel Amanda that the medicine she can give Gentle Willow is love. In a final act of love, Amanda comforts Gentle Willow, who is afraid, with a story about the caterpillar who transforms into a butterfly. A new “Note to Parents” addresses how to cope with death and dying.
Someone Died… Now What? is a GPS for grieving. Corrie Sirota provides Guidance, Perspective and Support to help you navigate your way through the grief process. Whether someone you love has died or someone you know is struggling with a loss, this book addresses many of the issues and questions that surface, providing concrete assistance on what to do immediately following a death, how to deal with feelings of sadness, anger and guilt, non-death losses and how to support grieving children. You will learn that grief is an ongoing process, and is as unique and individual as you are.
The classic guide for dealing with grief and loss
For those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, here are thoughtful words to strengthen, inspire and comfort.
Each year about eight million Americans suffer the death of someone close to them. Now, for those who face the challenges of sudden death, there is a hand to hold. Written by two women who have experienced sudden loss, this updated edition of the best-selling bereavement classic will touch, comfort, uplift and console. Authors Brook Noel and Pamela D. Blair, Ph.D., offer a comforting hand to hold for those who are grieving the sudden death of a loved one.
With It’s OK That You’re Not OK, Megan Devine offers a profound new approach to both the experience of grief and the way we help others who have endured tragedy. Having experienced grief from both sides – as both a therapist and as a woman who witnessed the accidental drowning of her beloved partner – Megan writes with deep insight about the unspoken truths of loss, love, and healing. She debunks the culturally prescribed goal of returning to a normal, “happy” life, replacing it with a far healthier middle path, one that invites us to build a life alongside grief rather than seeking to overcome it.
HANDS ON BEREAVEMENT RESOURCES:
Good Grief Workshop for Children and Adolescents: a biannual, free workshop for children and adolescents 5-19 years old who have experienced the death of someone close to them.
Carousel Program: a “circle of support” to children and youth who are in the midst of coping with loss and change, via one-to-one support and/or community workshops. Contact NOVA for more information.
Camp Carousel: a biannual weekend bereavement camp at Cap St. Jacques.
The West Island Palliative Care Residence Children and Adolescent Grief Group
A free one-day workshop, offered in English and French, for children and teens ages 6-15 who have experienced the death of someone close to them.
SLAP’D: Surviving Life After a Parent Dies
SLAP’D is an online community for teens who have lost a parent. It provides support and resources, as well as connections to bereavement professionals.
West Island Women’s Centre: Healing Together Group
Healing Together is a free monthly drop-in support group for women who have experienced miscarriage or stillbirth, facilitated by Corrie Sirota.
For more information, call 514-781-8529 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
West Island Palliative Care Residence Bereavement Group Sessions (for adults):
Adult groups run for 8 sessions, 3 times a year (Fall, Winter, Spring). Two English groups are offered (one evening, one day), which are currently nearly full for Fall, and one French group (day), which currently has some space.
For information/registration: please contact the bereavement support team at: 514 693-1718, ext. 231
Family Survivors of Suicide
Support group with monthly meetings for families affected by suicide.
Hope and Cope (Jewish General Hospital)
4635 Ch. de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine, Montreal, QC H3W 1M1
Bereavement Coordinator: 514-340-8222, ext. 25531.
Hope and Cope offers counselling services as well as bereavement programs including Mourning Cafes, Mourning Walks and volunteer peer support.
Address: 5151 Chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine, Montreal, Quebec H4W 1M6
Quebec Art Therapy Association
Music Therapy Association
Drama Therapy Association
Sand Play Association