Psychosocial workers meeting the population

In the coming days, six mobile teams made up of two psychosocial workers from the Mauricie-et-du-Center-du-Québec Integrated University Health and Social Services Center (CIUSSS MCQ) will travel across the territory.

They will visit parks, the banks of waterways, public places, shops and town centers to meet people in order to do scouting and psychosocial interventions in the community.

“Considering the anticipated psychosocial impacts of the pandemic, it appears necessary to take a further step and reach out to the community to reach a part of the population who does not come forward to our current services to obtain support and services required, ”says Dave Fillion, director of the adult mental health and addiction program.

The primary objective of the interveners is to listen and direct the person towards the services of the CIUSSS MCQ. She will then be contacted within 24 to 48 hours after meeting with the stakeholders.

Spot them and talk to them

Clearly identified with a white bib, the mobile teams will travel throughout the Mauricie and Center-du-Québec territories. The workers will be present during the day, in the evening and even on weekends, depending on the activities and places frequented by the population, at the rate of 35 hours per week each. They will also ensure part of the follow-up of the target clientele within general psychosocial services, for example for issues related to bereavement, marital difficulties and adjustment difficulties.

The current context, isolation, loss of employment and income, limitation of social contacts, family and marital tensions and the cognitive and psychological deterioration linked to isolation are risk factors for the deterioration of well-being. be emotional about people.

The CIUSSS MCQ also invites people to speak with psychosocial workers. “It’s not always easy to take the first step and ask for help. By being present on site, the stakeholders wish to facilitate this first contact, ”adds Mr. Fillion.

Other entry points to get support

At any time, the population can communicate with the Info-Social service by dialing 811 for an immediate psychosocial support response. It is also possible to go in person to the CLSC closest to your home or to reach it by phone, in order to submit a request for support. A psychosocial intervention professional will be available to offer help or refer to the appropriate services as needed.

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