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Le Comité détresse psychologique et santé mentale de Rosemont: When a Community Mobilizes Around its Most Fragile Members

The Comité détresse psychologique et santé mentale de Rosemont (CDPSMR) [Rosemont psychological distress and mental health committee]  is composed of local community actors (community groups, CSSS, neighbourhood police, OMHM [Montreal municipal housing office]) seeking to gain a better understanding of, and respond to the complex problems of specific psychologically distressed clienteles. The aim of the CDPSMR is to come up with the means to better assist psychologically distressed individuals and those with mental health issues who are living in the community. By mobilizing resources around these individuals, it becomes more possible to ensure continuity of interventions and mutual adjustments among the partners. The obstacles are numerous, however, and the recurring problems of certain clienteles are such that solutions are largely temporary and unsatisfactory. Despite their efforts, CDPSMR members note that they are "hitting a brick wall." The CDPSMR wishes to expand and increase the effectiveness of their collaboration, and thereby increase their grasp and mastery of the levers that may enhance their capacity to assist those suffering from psychological distress. The project is giving the CDPSMR an opportunity to enrich this reflexive process, employing a clinical sociological method and analysis of the network actors involved.


  • Provoke changes in the relationships between practitioners and institutions in the Rosemont neighbourhood
  • Perpetuate effective collaboration practices to facilitate access to services for psychologically distressed clienteles 
  • Export new effective collaboration practices to other regions


Lead researcher : 
Deena White, Département de sociologie, Université de Montréal
Collaborators :
Jo-Anne Laforge, CIUSSS de l'Est-de-l'Île-de-Montréal
Stéphanie Béliveau, CIUSSS de l'Est-de-l'Île-de-Montréal
Hélène Dagenais, Carrefour communautaire de Rosemont l'Entre-Gens 
Anne-Julie Roy, La Maison grise de Montréal
Line Chainey, Service de police de la Ville de Montréal