The global pandemic that emerged in the spring of 2020 has been particularly onerous on our children and adolescents. Every one of us knows youngsters and families who are helplessly trying to cope during these difficult times. The number of people in such circumstances is steadily growing and we must take action immediately.
That is why we are launching our emergency campaign on mental health in support of research seeking to quickly mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 on the growing number of youth suffering from anxiety, stress, depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Available data points to a worrisome spike in the number of youth thus affected since the onset of the pandemic.
Like you, researchers from major pediatric centres are extremely concerned by the impacts on COVID-19 on the health of our children and adolescents. According to a Université de Sherbrooke study on the psychological health of youth, close to one out of every two people between the ages of 12 and 25 claimed to experience symptoms similar to those of a generalized anxiety disorder or a major depression. We also learned that in the Québec City region, entire floors in health institutions are filled with young patients afflicted with psychological problems that are having negative impacts on themselves and their family. And this is but one example of how our youth are suffering.
Our goal is to raise $150,000 to enable our researchers to start the 4 collaborative projects related to child and youth mental health.
To learn more, check out the research projects!