Partners for Life workshop

Helping reverse depression among high school students

Partners for Life workshop

Helping reverse depression among high school students

Our Partners for Life workshop is on hiatus! We are working hard to offer it to next year and we are closely monitoring Public Health directives related to COVID-19

Mental Health Basics workshop

Why the need for such a program?

For more than 20 years, our flagship Partners for Life workshop has been raising awareness of teen depression at school to young people aged 14 to 18, as well as to parents, teachers and professionals in the field. Available free of charge in English and in French throughout Quebec and the Ottawa area, the workshop reaches out to nearly 45,500 adults and teens each year.

A workshop developed with a committee of experts

A workshop developed with a committee of experts

Created by a committee of renowned social workers and experts, including Dr. Patricia Garel and Dr. François Maranda, child psychiatrists at the CHU Sainte-Justine, the workshop delivers support for teenagers by communicating thorough content.

What will teens learn?

The workshop helps teens learn about:

  • The importance of being in good mental health
  • The difference between having the blues and being depressed
  • The signs and symptoms of depression
  • Available resources for getting help for themselves or for someone else

Adapted to the reality of today’s teens, these tools help young people demystify depression and better understand how to act when signs of it appear.

A program validated and recognized by the scientific community

A program validated and recognized by the scientific community

Two studies conducted in 2000 by Dr. Richard Boyer of the Centre de Recherche de L’institut Universitaire en Santé Mentale de Montréal demonstrated that the program helped significantly increase young people’s knowledge about depression and allowed them to be more open to seeking help.

Free workshops for parents and school staff

Free workshops for parents and school staff

To maximize the program’s impact, our workshop is offered for free to parents and school staff. See what online support tools we have put in place for adults and parents of a depressed teenager.

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A free turnkey workshop

A free turnkey workshop

Our workshop is easy to set up and can fit seamlessly into your class schedule. It will be available again at the beginning of the school year 2021-2022.

To register, all you need is to:
1/ Indicate a contact person for your institution
2/ Fill out the online form or download the pdf and email it to us
3/ Wait for our reply containing a confirmation of the dates
4/ Provide a detailed schedule for the workshops (1 to 3 per day) and determine where they will be held

A team of professional and dedicated facilitators

A team of professional and dedicated facilitators

Our team of facilitators is made up of passionate individuals who undergo 140 hours of training.

Want to join the Foundation and help teens?

We’re always on the lookout for professional, empathetic, effective communicators who are eager to go out and meet Quebec’s teens. Learn more about our job opportunities.

Job opportunities