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23 March 2021

The JCCM launches a mental health program for young business people


Montreal, March 23, 2021 - The Junior Chamber of Commerce of Montreal (JCCM) is proud to announce the launch of a mental health support program for the next generation of business leaders. Developed in collaboration with Bell, the Canadian Mental Health Association, Montreal Branch, the Argyle Institute and Relief (formerly Revivre), this program aims to de-stigmatize mental health in the workplace, and to provide ongoing coaching and support to JCCM members who are experiencing difficulties.

A program to meet the needs

While COVID-19 has completely transformed our daily lives, the social consequences of the health measures should not be underestimated. Indeed, 60% of young people aged 15 to 34 have noticed a deterioration in their mental health since the beginning of the pandemic and 37% of 18-24 year olds were experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression before the beginning of the second wave. These proportions reported by Statistics Canada and the University of Sherbrooke are worrisome and show that the need for help and support in mental health is very present.

With the support of Bell, a major partner of the JCCM for several years, a service offering aimed at demystifying, raising awareness and destigmatizing mental health issues has been developed. The pilot project of this new program is deployed mainly around three axes:

  • Mental Health Demystified, an interactive webinar offered in collaboration with Association canadienne en santé mentale, Montreal;
  • Living with a better balance at work, self-management support workshops in collaboration with Relief;
  • A bank of individual consultation hours with mental health professionals in collaboration with Institut Argyle.

Two of these services will be offered today, exclusively to JCCM members. Complete information is available on the JCCM website.

Mental health is one of the major issues of concern to our members. The last few months have been particularly difficult for the young professionals, entrepreneurs and students who make up our network, both personally and professionally. Developing and supporting the next generation of business people is a priority for the JCCM and this includes maintaining good mental health.

Déborah Cherenfant, présidente de la JCCM.

About the Junior Chamber of Commerce of Montreal

The Junior Chamber of commerce of Montreal (JCCM) is a group of young executives, professionals, entrepreneurs and self-employed workers aged between 18 and 40. Founded in 1931, the organization has nearly 1,600 members and about 150 volunteers. It is one of the largest networks of young business people in the world. With its wide variety of events each year, the JCCM is a must for the development of the next generation of business people in Montreal. The JCCM has the support of its four major partners: BMO Financial Group, Bell, Énergir and the City of Montreal.

For any information:

Camille Benoit, Responsable des partenariats et événements

Jeune Chambre de commerce de Montréal