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Update on suicide in Quebec by the Institut national de la santé publique

The National Institute for Public Health published recently an update on the portrait of suicide in Québec, in time for the Suicide prevention week, which will take place February 4 to 10th 2018. 

Congratulations to Arnaud Tanti, 1st prize winner of the 2017 Leo and Rachel Hendlisz awards

Lauren Reynolds, Guido Powell,  Arnaud Tanti, Jacques Hendlisz

Congratulations to Arnaud Tanti, from Naguib Mechawar's laboratory, who won the first prize for best publication by trainees at the Douglas Hospital research Centre.  He received this prize for his publication:

"Suicide Risk Assessment Guide - Support from the scientific literature for inclusion of criteria" - now available online

Read the Suicide Risk Assessment Guide, by Charles-Édouard Notredame, Sylvanne Daniels, Émilie Rancourt, Gustavo Turecki, and Stéphane Richard-Devantoy.  This guide, written by the 
Réseau québécois sur le suicide, les troubles de l’humeur et troubles associés (RQSHA) and the McGill Group for Suicide Studies (MGSS) for the Direction des programmes en santé mentale et en dépendances and the Direction des soins infirmiers (DSI) of the CIUSSS-Ouest-de-l’île-de-Montréal (CIUSSS-ODIM).

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):

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