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2021-22 : On mental health

Your support of research into adolescent mental illnesses

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!

Our research projects

Project #1 The effects of the global confinement on the family unit

Our researchers: Dr. Lily Hechtman (MD, FRCP, Psychiatrist, Full Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University), in collaboration with CHU Ste-Justine: Dr. Lila Amirali Head of the Department of Psychiatry, Associate Professor, University of Montreal and Associate Professor, McGill University Drs. Philippe Hwang, Lara Ipekian and Nikhil Jaiswal

Project #1

Project #2 The Health of High school children suffering from ADHD : COMPASS study in Québec.

Our researchers: Dr. Richard Bélanger and Dr. Slim Haddad of the Centre de recherche du CHU de Québec, in collaboration with Université de Montréal: Marie-Pierre Sylvestre, Waterloo University: Scott Leatherdale, Brock University: Karen Patte, and regional public health professionals in collaboration with schools and educational centres.

Project #2

Projet #3 Approaches that will promote better mental health in children of elementary school-aged children at Covid-19 time.

Our researchers: Pre Catherine Malboeuf-Hurtubise (Psychologist, Department of Psychology at Bishop's University and CRCHUS), in collaboration with University of Sherbrooke and CRCHUS: Chantal Camden, Sainte-Justine UHC: Nicholas Chadi, University of Quebec in Montreal: Catherine Herba and Geneviève Taylor, University of Montreal: Geneviève Mageau, Mireille Joussemet and Marc-André Éthier, University of Sherbrooke: Mathieu Gagnon, University of Quebec in Outaouais: David Lefrançois.

Project #3

Projet #4 Therapeutic approach to eating disorders.

Our researchers: Dr. Nicholas Chadi from the CHU Sainte–Justine, in collaboration with CITCA, a centre dedicated to eating disorders.

Project #4

Projet #5 The how and why of problematic dietary attitudes and behaviour in children

Our reseachers: Prof. Isabelle Thibault, Ph.D. in Clinical sciences, Professor at the Faculty of Education and Psychoeducation, Centre de recherche de l’Université de Sherbrooke in collaboration with Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Sherbrooke: Dr. Caroline Pesant and Dr. Marie-Claude Roy, Pediatricians Université de Montréal: Prof. Dominique Meilleur (Psychology) Université de Sherbrooke: Anne-Marie Tougas and Catherine Laurier (Psychoeducation) Université Laval: Catherine Bégin (Psychology) Université de Trois-Rivières: Marie-Pierre Gagnon Girouard (Psychology)
Group of Québec scientists conducting studies on eating disorders. Other partnerships are planned with stakeholders in different regions, among them researchers from the Douglas Institute.

Project #5

Follow our Campaign

To follow the progress of the campaign and stay informed about of the various projects of our researchers, visit our Facebook page.

Thank you for your support witch will allow us to help and act now !