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Mental health week

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The Radius of sharing in mental health organization has a showcase at 67 di Desbiens, in Amqui.

As part of Mental Health Week 2022, which will take place from 2 to 8 May, we spoke with the director of the organization “Rayon desharing en santé santé mente”, an alternative resource for mental health in La Matapédia.

Not surprisingly, epidemiological studies conducted by the National Institute of Public Health of Quebec (INSPQ) confirm a deterioration in the mental health and well-being of the population since the beginning of the pandemic. These negative repercussions, exacerbated in particular by social isolation and pandemic stress, have affected all age groups, including people living with an emerging or pre-existing mental disorder. According to a survey conducted by Statistics Canada, mental health-related incapacity for work increased by 2.3 percentage points between the year 2019 (6.4%) and 2021 (8.7%), particularly between women between the ages of 16 and 24 showing the highest increase among Canadian demographic groups.

As everywhere in the country, Rayon de Parting has observed an increase in the rate of psychological distress among its clientele. However, the director of Rayon de Partage, Nanny Gaudet, explains how the organization has managed to adapt to health constraints by demonstrating ingenuity in its interventions. Like the one that the whims of the pandemic will have brought positive.

At the Radius of sharing in mental health, the increase in telephone interventions has proved beneficial for some during episodes of confinement. The workers, in fact, would have noticed in their customers a greater ease of confidence, strengthening the bond of trust between professional and customer. “Since the arrival of COVID-19, we have turned more to telephone interventions. We have also dedicated a resource to telephone intervention. We make sure to follow people on time. I would also say it encouraged a number of people to confide more, “suggests the woman at the helm of the organization, adding the arrival of new educational video chronicles with Jackie Castonguay.

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During this interview, Ms. Gaudet recalled that everyone has mental health, just like physical health, which can fail at any moment. “We often take the time to consult about a plague, but we don’t take the time to stop when it comes to our mental health. Anything we experience as a test can bring us mental health problems. Pregnancy, as beautiful as it may seem, can bring us hormonal changes that can trigger mental health problems. You have to listen to yourself and others … “

Many people also use alternative resource services to better support loved ones suffering from mental health problems. Whether it is to better understand anxiety disorders, depression, psychotic disorders or addictive behaviors, Rayon Desharing is there to offer the support you need. The nanny reminds us that there is no shame in seeking professional help, if only to confide in someone you trust. “There are so many people who have come for help and are doing better today. The word hope, I want to say it loud and clear. When your anxiety or problems take over your life, you need to talk about it. Talking about it is opening a door to well-being. As we speak, we realize that we are not the only ones. It is important to knock on the right doors. “

It should be noted that it is possible to reach the workers of Rayon de Part at 418 629 5197. 811 also allows you to quickly reach a professional in psychosocial intervention in the event of a psychosocial problem. The service is offered 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. “We have to keep talking about mental health, to demystify it. There are many solutions to allow us to find what makes us feel good on a daily basis. Is it physical activity, going on a trip, recharging the batteries alone or in a group? We need to find what makes us feel good personally. Stress and anxiety aren’t just bad. It is normal to experience stress, you just have to be equipped to cope well ”, concludes Nanny Gaudet.

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