We’ve been around since 1991, and we’ve undergone many changes since our founding thirty years ago. Some we chose, others we accepted.
Over the years, we’ve expanded our offer to help as many people as possible. We’ve integrated the self-management approach into all of our services and developed five workshops. We've changed our name, not just once, but five times, and our team of mental health workers has grown.
Last year was especially pivotal for many reasons. The pandemic had a lot to do with that, of course, since it shone a spotlight on the already significant mental health needs and greatly increased them.
the impact of COVID-19 on mental health
For some time, not a week has gone by that articles about mental health haven’t appeared. This was an issue of deep concern before the pandemic, but today it’s a hot topic in both the media and political circles.
COVID-19 isolates us; it depresses us; and it stresses us. Its impact is felt even more strongly by people who were already living with anxiety, depression, and bipolarity.
In the words of Jean-Rémy Provost, our executive director, “if the pandemic was an earthquake, the increased mental health problems are a tsunami that we’re now having to deal with.”
At Relief, we’ve already felt its impact. In 2019, we carried out 16,000 interventions, and that number has already jumped by 30%.
To meet this surging demand, our team of mental health workers must also grow.
beyond the pandemic: planned growth
This growth is not just the result of the pandemic.
It was planned long before COVID-19, along with the virtualization of services.
But the pandemic has forced us to accelerate the changes we had already planned as part of our growth strategy: a new brand image, a new website, now territories served, and new services.
We’re renewing ourselves. We’re adapting. And we’re growing.
All with the ultimate objective of acquiring the means to do more. Because behind this increased demand for mental health support are human beings who are suffering and who need help learning how to live with anxiety, depression, and bipolarity.
That’s what motivates us to keep moving forward. Every day.