Post-Partum Mental Health Support Group
Parenting is challenging at the best of times, without other compounding elements such as having to adjust to another culture, climate and society. This support group offers participants an opportunity to speak and share as much or as little as they wish per session. The group opens with a check in, and unfolds into a sharing circle, with moments to offer feedback and support. Some tools to help manage challenging situations may be shared. A check-in email is sent mid-week to allow participants the chance to reflect on how things are going, and share anything that is on their mind. Each session, we have snacks and warm drinks.
This group is a judgement free zone to come and share your experiences in early parenting. ALL of you is welcome in the group!
Can I join? How do I do that?
Our support group is for parents of children ages 0 - 5 years old, who are in need of support in early parenting. If you feel overwhelmed, isolated, lonely, anxious, depressed, and are in need of community, you are welcome. You don't need any diagnosis to be eligible.
When and Where can I find it?
The support group meets every Friday morning from 9:30 am to 11:30 am in the Walkley Centre, located at 6650 Chemin de la Côte Saint Luc.
Access via public transit
The 66 bus stops near Guy-Concordia metro station on the green line, and stops at Walkley / Cote-Saint-Luc, in front of the Centre.
The 104 bus leaves from Atwater metro station on the green line, passes by Vendome metro station on the orange line, and stops at Cavendish / Côte-Saint-Luc, which is a 4-minute walk from the Centre.
The 138 bus leaves from Atwater metro station on the green line, and stops at Cavendish / Côte-Saint-Luc, which is a 4-minute walk from the Centre.
The 103 bus leaves from Villa Maria metro station on the orange line, and stops at Côte-saint-Luc / Walkley, across the street from the Centre.
The 51 bus leaves from Snowdon metro station on the orange line, and stops at Fielding / Walkley, which is a 7-minute walk from the Centre. Turn right on Rue Walkley and go straight until you see the Centre on your right.
The 420 express bus passes near Guy-Concordia metro station on the green line and Vendome metro station on the orange line, and stops at Côte-Saint-Luc / Cumberland, which is a 3-minute walk from the Centre. This bus has a limited schedule.
Access via car
The Walkley Centre has free parking in front of the building on Rue Walkley.
Meet the Facilitator
Millie Tresierra is a community advocate, birth/postpartum doula, and the cofounder of The Family Care Collective. She has been involved in perinatal support and advocacy (education, hands-on support, mental health) for over a decade. She is passionate about creating spaces in which women can come together and find support, mentorship, community and kinship. She has also experienced post-partum depression in her own life, giving her a personal connection to the importance of mental health support. Her motto in life is, "Community is the medicine."
Meet the Childcare Supervisor
Desrean McFarlane is a longtime teacher and team member of Mother Goose in Montreal. She helps parents to build confidence by helping them bond with their children through the magic of stories and songs. She is also a professional early childhood educator with experience running her own daycare business. We are so grateful to have her as our childcare supervisor for the Post-Partum Mental Health Support Group, so our participants and their little ones can benefit from her vast experience, her warmth, and her positive attitude.
During this time of increase hospitalization because of COVID, Cold and seasonal flu, we strongly recommend masks to all activities and we encourage anyone experiencing COVID symptoms to stay home.
All activities are free unless otherwise stated.
Registration is encouraged for all activities. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request your participation.