The work done at UP House includes social action efforts aimed at improving the lives of people living with a mental illness or with financial hardships in the greater community. UP House’s social action endeavours include:
- Contributing to the organization and running of the Au Contraire Film Festival on Mental Illness to further its mission of fostering greater awareness, understanding of and support for mental-illness issues;
- Supplying affordable refurbished computers to people in UP House’s greater community who are living in poverty with a physical or psychiatric disability (see our The Computer Refurbishing Project);
- Donating knitted and crocheted goods fabricated at UP House to the Welcome Hall Mission to help Montreal’s homeless;
- Having a strong annual presence at the Montréal Walks for Mental Health; UP House has also boosted its festive nature with its flash-mob dance troupe (see video!);
- Developing and maintaining close relations with local hospitals’ in-patient psychiatric units, making UP House a familiar and easily accessed resource for patients transitioning back to the community;
- Publishing members’ perspectives on mental illness on Radio UP, reducing stigma by helping the public better understand the realities and nuanced challenges of mental illness; and,
- Members volunteering at the Jewish General Hospital’s Resource and Information Centre, providing people living with mental illness in the greater community with information on the services and resources available to them.