There is a need for more mental health resources to prevent crises before they arise, and turn to the drama, support specialists.
“It is necessary to give quick access [to services to vulnerable people], and that this is not the 12 labors of Hercules to get help,” says Christine Grou, president of the Ordre des psychologues du Québec.
If it turns out that mental health is indeed at the origin of the drama which played out Thursday in Montreal, it may be that the distress has been accentuated by the COVID-19.
Many are more fragile in this moment, in particular due to the stress of confinement, adaptation, and losses arising from the pandemic.
“Mental health in Quebec, it is a bit the poor relation of the health. Already, the resources were inadequate and could not meet the needs. People are waiting too long, ” she continued.
Ms. Grou believes that it is necessary to focus more on prevention, by improving the access to and quality of mental health services, while informing the population.
“We always talk about never enough resources,” adds the psychiatrist Gilles Chamberland. To be able to confide in, to know that we have someone who will be there to help us, it is important. People more isolated, this factor of protection, they have not. “