Mental Health Mission

One in five of us will experience mental illness in our lifetime.

The problem is not only pervasive, but prejudice and fear still prevent many people from seeking help. The effects can be catastrophic on families and friends. But there is hope for recovery.

Our mission is to provide the highest levels of patient care, to undertake research on potential new treatments for the most severe and persistent psychiatric illnesses and to educate the next generation of healers.

The Mental Health Mission comprises the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology working together to offer secondary and tertiary level services for patients suffering from complex mental conditions and illnesses.

  • 45,000 Out-Patients visits/year
  • 500 In-Patient admissions
  • An average of close to 3000 psychiatric consults in the Emergency Department.
  • Trainees include 35 psychiatric residents, 35 psychology interns and others from various disciplines
A few years ago I suffered from severe anxiety and realized how vital mental health is and the importance to raise awareness around it. I proudly give my support to the CODE LiFE campaign for the Mental Health Mission.
Caroline Neron, Singer, Actress, Entrepreneur, CODE LiFE Campaign Spokesperson

Our most urgent priority to grow the impact of our patient care is the relocation of all services at the Allan Memorial to the Montreal General Hospital. 

This massive undertaking will allow the MGH to serve our community under one roof, helping our patients with easier transitions between different programs and levels of care, speeding recovery, offering hope to those suffering with the burden of mental illness and their families.

Currently at the MGH

Jacqueline Angus Psychiatric Emergency Department and Brief Intervention Unit – 24 hour Psychiatric Emergency Services, 6 stretchers for psychiatric patients, 8 beds for Brief Intervention Unit and 2 seclusion rooms.

In-Patient Services – 40 acute-care beds, with an interactive program and healing environment that helps patients return to their daily lives as soon as possible.

Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Service – Inter professional team providing bedside consultations and follow-ups to all patients hospitalized on medical-surgical wards at the MGH, including Traumatic Brain Injury and Orthopedics.  Our service provides liaison in areas such as Traumatic Brain Injury and the Pain Clinic.

Specialized programs

Addictions Program – Provides a continuum of care for adults with alcohol/drug addictions and mental health disorders. This is the only English-language service of its kind in the Province of Quebec.

McGill University Sexual Identity Centre (MUSIC) – Provides specialized care to individuals, couples and families with sexual orientation or gender issues. MUSIC also works to enhance the health of the larger community through research, education, outreach and advocacy around the deleterious effects of homophobia and transphobia.

Music TherapyImproving mental health through creative expression, song writing and playing instruments

We have the leadership and the expertise but we need your help. Our Code Life Campaign will support the consolidation of our Mental Health Mission at the MGH. From here we will be able to offer a whole range of vital services under one roof to the patients who need us most, helping more people recover faster from the devastating impact of mental illness.
Dr. Nadia Szkrumelak, Psychiatrist-in-Chief of the Mental Health Mission

Coming to the MGH but currently at the Allan Memorial Hospital

Anxiety Disorders Program  – Provides specialized treatment for those with severe, longstanding or complex anxiety disorders, such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and phobias.

Clinical Psychopharmacology and Therapeutics Unit (CPTU) – Provides consultations to patients to help optimize their treatment. The unit is actively engaged in research, consisting of clinical trials of new medications to treat severe and persistent mental illness.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – CBT is one of the most effective, evidence- based psychotherapies in the treatment of emotional distress, anxiety, depression, simple phobias, panic disorder, social anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. This Unit are currently involved in research in the treatment of phobias with virtual reality.

First Episode Psychosis Program (PEPP) – provides early intervention, specialized care and rehabilitation for individuals with first-episode psychotic disorders. We are focusing on first-episode psychosis (PEPP), as research indicates that the best outcomes stem from early interventions.

Mood Disorders Program – Provides specialized care to people with mood disorders, such as depression and bipolar disorder with a focus on complex, treatment-resistant patients.

Personality Disorders Program – Offers treatment for a variety of personality disorders, including Borderline Personality Disorder, by a specialized team with expertise in this challenging field. Our team includes world-renowned experts in this field.

Neuromodulation Unit– Using Repetitive Transmagnetic Stimulation (rTMS), this non-invasive procedure treats patients with various psychiatric and neurological disorders including depression which does not respond to conventional treatment (treatment-resistant).

Recovery Transition ProgramTrains patients to become peer mentors, providing them with a sense of dignity and purpose as well as giving them the tools to mentor patients through the recovery process.