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9 February 2011 No Comment




– Through learning art production skills, creative work becomes a source of pride and self empowerment.


Founded in 1971, L’ATELIER was created to meet the growing needs associated with rising unemployment and increasing poverty in downtown Montreal.

From the outset, the founders recognized that problems experienced by clients were accompanied by difficulties related to their mental health. So, very early in its history the workshop developed expertise in the field of social intervention. The idea was that, through learning art production skills, creative work becomes a source of pride and self empowerment.

L’ATELIER promotes social inclusion of people with mental health problems.

In a warm and reassuring environment, L’ATELIER has welcomed thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds. L’ATELIER has carved for itself a place among the alternative resources in mental health services provided by institutional settings and by the community groups.


On a personal level, we believe that:

• creating with one’s hands helps maintain health;

• learning new skills helps develop self-confidence and self-esteem;

• seeking professional quality production encourages discipline and critical thinking;

• developing a support network can address the difficulties experienced in daily life;

• accessing alternative mental health resources contributes to reducing the need for hospitalization.

In terms of social inclusion, we believe that:

• breaking isolation and engaging in various social contexts are factors for successful social integration;

• working in groups can improve interpersonal relationships;

L’ATELIER engages in activities that help increase the feeling of belonging while developing a sense of responsibility;

• increasing individual autonomy facilitates social integration and job searching.

To learn more about L’ATELIER, visit their website:

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