How is Que­bec far­ing in terms of men­tal health?

Stanstead Journal - - LEN OXVILLE NEWS - Len­noxville Sher­brooke

Bishop’sUni­ver­sity is host­ing the 34th edi­tion of the So­ciété québé­coise pour la recherche en psy­cholo­gie (SQRP) con­fer­ence from March 23-25 at the Delta Ho­tel in Sher­brooke. Over 300 psy­chol­ogy re­searchers are ex­pected.

The main event of this con­fer­ence is the open­ing sym­po­sium on “the state of men­tal health in Que­bec”, sched­uled to be­gin at 17:45 on March 23rd. This in­ter- sec­to­rial sym­po­sium mod­er­ated by Que­bec Chief Sci­en­tist, Rémi Quirion, will in­clude pan­elists rep­re­sent­ing var­i­ous stake­holder per­spec­tives and drawn from the gov­ern­men­tal, aca­demic, public, and com­mu­nity sec­tors.

“We aimed at bring­ing to­gether pan­elists that don’t of­ten have the chance to dis­cuss this topic face to face while giv­ing voice to those with lived ex­pe­ri­ence of men­tal ill­ness and re­cov­ery”, says Claude Char­p­en­tier, Bishop’s psy­chol­ogy pro­fes­sor and pres­i­dent of the con­fer­ence’s or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee. “Is Que­bec a ‘dis­tinct so­ci­ety’ when it comes to the state of men­tal health of its pop­u­la­tion? Are we proac­tive about men­tal health and well-be­ing in Que­bec? Does men­tal health re­search have prag­matic value by truly ad­dress­ing Que­be­cers’ needs? Where are we headed and what is at stake? We are hop­ing to an­swer some of these ques­tions and to iden­tify promis­ing re­search leads.”

Psy­cho­log­i­cal Health and Well-be­ing is one of the four re­search pri­or­i­ties re­cently es­tab­lished by Bishop’s Univer­sity. The re­search clus­ter’s di­rec­tor, Canada Re­search Chair Fuschia Sirois adds: “when most peo­ple think of men­tal health, they are in fact think­ing of dis­ease. We need to take a larger view of what men­tal health is and to stop defin­ing it as the ab­sence of psy­chosis or de­pres­sion. In the same vein, we need to de­velop a much more pre­ven­tive ap­proach that starts by look­ing at the life choices we make.”

The sym­po­sium will be fol­lowed by a wel­come cock­tail for all del­e­gates.

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