In Quebec, crisis centres were developed in response to the deinstitutionalization of psychiatry, which resulted in creating a range of services that could meet the needs of a varied and diverse clientele.

Crisis intervention centres often serve as an alternative to hospitalization or to the medicalization of suffering and provide support services in addition to those provided by the first- and second-line public health and social services network. Caplan’s crisis intervention theory (1964) was what spawned the development of the first crisis centres.

“[Crisis is] a relatively short period of psychological imbalance in a person dealing with a destabilizing experience that poses a significant problem for them and which they cannot escape nor resolve with their usual problem-solving mechanisms” (Caplan, 1964)


Le Transit crisis centre offers specialized front-line crisis response services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our services target any adult person experiencing a crisis and their relatives.

Our interventions are designed to support the person through the crisis so that they can restore balance by exploring alternative ways to achieve a fulfilling level of autonomy, self-confidence and well-being.

Our goal is to mitigate suffering for the person seeking help, to resolve the crisis to help them get back to their usual pattern of functioning, and make improvements if possible.

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Centre-Est-de-l’Île-de-Montréal area:

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  • Plateau Mont-Royal

  • Petite-Patrie

  • Villeray

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