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Improvement in the accessibility of psychotherapy in Quebec

The RQSHA applauds the recent announcement of an improvement in accessibility of psychotherapy in the province.  This improvement will impact suicide prevention, as the majority of people who die by suicide suffered from a mental disorder, while a majority do not receive treatment for their disease.  

REFLECT 2017: A Collaborative Forum in Suicide Prevention

REFLECT 2017: A Collaborative Forum in Suicide Prevention

Please join Simon Denegri, Chair of the National Institute for Health Research’s INVOLVE advisory group as he kicks off REFLECT 2017 on October 1st, 2017. This event will be co-hosted by Dr. Simon Hatcher, Vice-Chair of Research for the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa, and Dr. Marnin Heisel, Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Epidemiology & Bio-Statistics.

ACFAS Symposium: Thank you!

We wish to thank all the participants in our ACFAS Symposium, Colloque 103 : L’exploitation des banques de données administratives pour de meilleurs services en santé mentale, en dépendances et en prévention du suicide, which took place May 12 during the 85th annual meeting of the ACFAS.  

It was a great pleasure to welcome you, and we had rich exchanges with students, researchers and representatives from Quebec public institutions.  We hope you gained from your participation.

$26,5 M additional investment of the Government of Québec for the implementation of the Mental Health Action Plan 2015-2020

The Réseau de recherche sur le suicide et les troubles associés (RQSHA) applauds the recent announcement of $26.5M in additional investments by the government of Québec to accelerate the Action Plan for Mental Health 2015-2020.  The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Gaétan Barrette, announced these investment on April 28th.  The funding aims to consolidate the community support teams for adults and youth suffering from serious mental illness.  

According to the Government of Québec press release (translation by the RQSHA):

Recent editorial in CMAJ calling for a national suicide prevention strategy by RQSHA

A recent editorial calling for a national suicide prevention strategy, recommended to “plan the broader infrastructure that is required to address properly what has become a national public health crisis.” The Quebec Network on Suicide, Mood Disorders and Related Disorders has proposed several actions based on the Public Health Agency of Canada’s (PHAC) engagement with surveillance infrastructures and mental health literacy.

Read this article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal: 

Identifying Gaps in Suicide Research - a publication by the RQSHA neuroethics working group

We invite you to read a review written by the RQSHA neuroethics working group, which includes Victoria Saigle, Monique Séguin and Eric Racine, on the identification of gaps in suicide research.

First France-Quebec « Mental Health and Pain » days will take place May 26 & 27 2017.

(This program is only available in French)

Le programme est construit pour offrir aux différents spécialistes qui œuvrent en santé mentale un congrès qui leur permettra de prendre conscience de l’ampleur des problèmes de la douleur en santé mentale, mais aussi leur offrir des solutions pour la mesure et le traitement de ces douleurs.

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