In March 2013, the Community Network Table organised a forum on Mental Health: Enhancing Resiliency to Overcome the Challenges of Work and Personal Stress. The forum aimed to continue the dialogue started in October 2011 among community organisations on methods of supporting vulnerable members of the community. Participants explored resiliency approaches and tools for targeted action to turn strengths into strategies to restore and maintain health for themselves and for the people they serve. Dr. Robert Savage of McGill University presented an evaluation of the Friends for Life pilot done in Laval in partnership with AGAPE. Catherine Austin and AnnMarie Churchill of Austin Resilience Development Inc. presented resiliency strategies for adults. Read the report at right:
REISA is also supporting the Community Network Table in addressing the needs of the South Asian population. In March 2013, REISA organised an initial meeting with 12 leaders from the English-speaking South Asian communities of Greater Montreal and the CHSSN. Joanne Pocock presented data from the Socio-economic profile of the English speaking visible minority produced by the CHSSN in 2012. Data included: low-income cut-off, labour force activity, education levels. Discussions shed light on health and social services issues these communities deal with.