Wednesday, November 29, 2023

3 free conferences on mental health this week in Laval

On the occasion of Mental Illness Awareness Week which will take place from October 1 to 7, ALPABEM offers 3 free conferences.

ALPABEM, a non-profit organization located in Pont-Viau, has the mission of supporting members of the environment of a person affected by a mental health problem.

That is why the trio of conferences aims to understand, support and offer advice to the loved ones of these people with different realities.

“There is a tendency to invest in the youth component, that is, in all activities that will affect the prevention of the emergence of mental health problems among young people and, among other things, in the level of support from parents,” explains Patrice Machabée, general. director of ALPABEM.

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It is possible to attend the lectures in person at 645 boulevard des Laurentides in Pont-Viau or online via webcast.

Compulsive hoarding problems

On Tuesday, October 3, starting at 7 p.m., retired general practitioner Pierre Rondeau will address a little-known health disorder: compulsive hoarding disorder (CAD).

2.6% of Quebecers live with this disorder, including 6% of seniors and 22% of homeless people.

During this conference, Thérèse will testify to her reality, Mr. Rondeau will help attendees understand the disorder and Anne-Julie Roy, director of external services at La Maison grise de Montréal, trainer on compulsive hoarding disorder and co- CATAC coordinator, will explain the possible interventions.

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Borderline personality disorder in adolescence

What do you do when your teenager, in addition to experiencing the daily difficulties linked to this period of intense changes, is also facing borderline personality disorder?

The ALPABEM conference that will take place on Wednesday, October 4 at 7 p.m. will focus on this issue.

The event will be presented by Caroline Lafond, social worker and co-author of the book. Living with an impulsive, intense and unstable loved one.

Vaping among young people

Vaping nicotine and cannabis carries many risks. The conference on Thursday, October 5 at 7 p.m. is aimed at all relatives of young people who practice vaping in order to inform them about these risks and suggest avenues for debate.

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Vijay Pillay, trainer and clinical advisor at Maison Jean Lapointe, associate professor of practical training at the Faculty of Educational Sciences at the University of Montreal and educator at the Center Jeunesse de Laval; and criminologist and director of the youth program at the Laval Integrated Center for Social and Health Services, Charlotte Titley, will lead the event.


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