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Community Mental Health

Community Mental Health

This program is designed to enhance the quality of life of older adults who cope with mental illness by promoting strength and recovery. Social workers provide ongoing support and individual interventions that include integration to courses, social groups and volunteer opportunities. Members of this program celebrate Jewish holidays together and publish a bi-yearly newsletter that reflects their perceptions and creativity. For more information, call our Intake Department 514.342.1234 or visit the Cummings Centre, 5700 Westbury Ave., Montreal.

Montreal Walks for Mental Health

MONTREAL WALKS for mental health is an annual 5 kilometre walk organized by the MONTREAL WALKS for Mental Health Foundation. On Sunday October 16 at 11 am at Phillips Square, walkers will take to the streets of downtown Montreal to help increase public awareness about mental health and eliminate stigma and discrimination towards people living with mental illness. Plus, the walk is an opportunity to raise funds for organizations providing mental health services.
To join the Cummings Centre team call Rosanna Magnone 514.734.1738. For more information, click on Montreal Walks.

Cooking up a storm in the Mental Health Program!
Every week, seniors get together and prepare a nutritious and delicious meal with the help of staff and volunteers. The seniors learn about the benefits of eating healthy, work as team and master new skills in the kitchen. This fun activity increases socialization and brings up many memories and stories from the past. Seniors eat their meal together and are happy to take the recipes with them to share with family and friends. Here is an example of a delicious recipe.

Funding for the Cooking Therapy Program is provided by the Bina and Leonard Ellen Family Foundation

“Mental Health Glee Club” performs in front of the Day Program members
The members of the Glee Club, comprised of 10 people, members of Ometz and Cummings Mental Health Programs, performed eight songs together with Victoria our music therapist.  They were excited and honoured to receive this invitation. The staff who watched from the side witnessed this empowering and emotional experience where people who usually receive services  give of themselves and where  members of the day program warmly except and participate in a stimulating and fun activity. 

For more information, check our a recent article in The Montreal Gazette, September 10, 2016 entitled Finding their voices through the healing power of music.

New Weekly Mental Health Program


Through the generosity of Allan Levitt, on behalf of the Rona and Irving Levitt Family Foundation, a generous donation was made to the Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors Foundation that has enabled the Social Services Department at Cummings Centre to launch a weekly program that provides a therapeutic and structured environment to older adults living with mental illness helping them enhance their life skills and break isolation.

The  structured two day a week program (5 hours each day) includes exercise, nutrition,  art, drama and music. Among the goals are to provide a safe place for members of the mental health program to go to during the week, to break isolation and provide stimulation and socialization. The program also provides a nutritional lunch to low income seniors.

Seniors who live with depression, bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia and anxiety will benefit from the program.

National Mental Health Week

Empowerment. Strength and Recovery are the cornerstones of the Cummings Centre Community Mental Health Program – To kick off the week, participants speak from the heart!

“Before I became a member at the Cummings Centre, my family and other people surrounding me always referred to me as a mentally ill person. I believe firmly in recovery and getting chances. I have the Cummings Centre and my worker to thanks for my good fortune.  I moved from a group home into my own apartment and my dreams became a reality”. (Deena)

“I started coming to the Cummings Centre about nine years ago. I find it very beneficial . For me, the people make me feel alive. They are so polite and friendly. “ (Garry)

“ I experienced a great deal of depression recently. It was my tremendous luck and maybe by the grace of G-d that I started to attend some groups at the Cummings Centre. I learned to be very grateful for what I have, what I had and not feel so depressed about what I don’t have.  (Jack)

Learn about some of our program members through their powerful stories: Alain's Story, Deena's Story.

For more information, call our Intake Department 514.342.1234 or visit the Cummings Centre, 5700 Westbury Ave., Montreal.

Services funded in part by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.



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