Men's health and well-being

Welcome to the page dedicated to men!

Responding to the needs of men’s health and well-being is a concern for the CISSS des Laurentides. If you or one of your loved ones (spouse, brother, father, friend, etc.) is going through a difficult period, please consult this section.

After certain life events, it’s normal to experience some difficult moments. After one or multiple events, you may experience signs of psychological or physical distress, such as tension and stress characterized by anxiety or depression, irritability, a sense of worthlessness or social disengagement.

How to recognize the signs

Stress and anxiety

Are you feeling tense?

Are you feeling overwhelmed?
Stress can present differently, depending on the person.

For example, you may experience:

  • Difficulty sleeping,
  • Physical discomfort, headaches, muscular tension,
  • Lower energy or agitation,
  • Appetite loss or gain,
  • Irritability, aggressiveness, crying,
  • Increased drug or alcohol consumption,
  • Feelings of sadness, anger or powerlessness,
  • Difficulty concentrating.



Are you feeling very tired?

Are you feeling discouraged, at the end of your tether?

Depression can present differently, depending on the person. For example, you may:

  • Feel depressed,
  • Have difficulty concentrating,
  • Feel physical pain, fatigue or lack of energy,
  • Experience disrupted sleep and appetite,
  • Lose interest in daily activities (leisure, sports, work),
  • Increase your drug or alcohol consumption,
  • Withdraw socially, tend to isolate yourself or, to the contrary, engage in excessive social activity,
  • Experience suicidal thoughts, or plan or attempt suicide.


Distress and suicidal thoughts

Are you feeling powerless?

Are you feeling desperate?

Do you feel like life has lost its meaning?

  • Suicidal thoughts,
  • Planning or attempting suicide,
  • Feeling depressed,
  • Anxiety,
  • Accumulation of stress or greater difficulty dealing with it,
  • Feeling exhausted, empty, hopeless and worthless,
  • Self-destructive behaviours (e.g., high-risk physical activities, thrill-seeking),
  • Excessive drug or alcohol consumption,
  • Irritability,
  • Onset or increase of angry outbursts, sometimes coupled with aggressive behaviour (towards objects, yourself or loved ones).

What to do?

When we receive bad news, we can feel shocked, angry or numb. It’s normal to need a bit of time to deal with the shock.

However, if these signs and symptoms last for more than two weeks, are negatively affecting your daily life or are preventing you from functioning, consult the available tools and don’t hesitate to ask for help to prevent the situation from deteriorating.


Tools for men

We’ve all had to recover from a hard blow. 

But how do we do it? Here are a few tools that can help:

How to get better?

Are you worried about a man in your life who’s going through a particularly difficult time?

Help and referrals

It’s important to draw on your strengths to get through difficult times. But sometimes, if you focus too much on your problems, you can forget that you have those strengths. That’s when some outside assistance can help you regain perspective.

Emergency services

Urgence Santé

Centre de prévention du suicide du Québec (Suicide prevention helpline)

Centre de prévention du suicide le Faubourg (Suicide prevention centre)

Poison Control Centre

Director of Youth Protection

Crisis centre

  • Telephone help and referral: 1-866-277-3553
  • Centre de crise Soleil Levant Sainte-Thérèse: 450-430-4647

General help service

Info-Social et Info-Santé 811

Social and community resources 211

Information on community, public and parapublic services


Tel jeunes
514-600-1002 (texting)

The Mistreatment Helpline

Parents Helpline

Interligne (in French only)
Helpline for people who are concerned about sexual orientation and gender identity. LGBTQ+

Telephone and text support 1-888-505-1010

Écoute agricole des Laurentides (Farmer wellness helpline)

Specific services for men

Regroupement des Maisons Oxygène (Housing resources) (in French only)

Maison Oxygène Laurentides (Housing resources) (in French only)

Hommes Québec (Men’s support group) (in French only)

Helpline for men with prostate cancer and their loved ones.


Comité paternité des Laurentides (in French only)
Activities for fathers
450-565-0015 poste 32

Comité paternité Laurentides pamphlet (in French only)

Separated Fathers
Legal support and discussion groups

Community resources in the Laurentides – Father-child activities (in French only)

Domestic violence

SOS Violence conjugale

À cœur d’homme (in French only)
Men’s help network for a society free of violence

Offers an anger management program for male adults and teenagers

PAIX (in French only)
Helps men control their impulsiveness, manage their anger and negative emotions, in order to stop the cycle of domestic abuse.

Sexual Assault

Provincial Sexual Violenve Helpline

Centre d'évaluation et de traitement des agressions sexuelles (CETAS) (Sexual assault assessment and treatment centre) (in French only)

Male sexual assault victims
Website with resources and references 


Drugs: Help and Referral

Gambling: Help and Referral
1-800 -61-0140

Directory of addiction resources (in French only)