Mental health: psychologists want a dialogue with the public

The Association des psychologues du Quebec (QPA) is launching a vast awareness campaign among the public and political decision-makers as part of National Mental Health Week. The goal: to talk about taboos, and to make mental illness a collective issue.
The 2018 edition of this increasingly popular national week will take place under a single theme, that of acting to give meaning to its existence.

The QPA campaign will focus at the same time on making a fuss over the services we want, as a society, on mental health.

A perspective that APQ President Charles Roy very favorably sees in the context where the goal of his association is notably to document the resources and to make the state of the glaring needs in the health system. Quebec.

“Above all, we want the quality of the services we all want in mental health to really become a social issue,” explains the president. We talk, we raise awareness, we make announcements, of course, but what are we really offering in terms of mental health services? ”

The real question, according to the spokesperson, is what do we “want as public services” in the province, especially – and this week – in the treatment of mental illness.

Political questionnaire and public dialogue

In order to support the population and help them to get their head dirty, Quebec psychologists will soon send a questionnaire to the Liberal Party, Coalition Avenir Québec, the Parti Québécois and Québec solidaire, so that they “Officially Position” and Straight on a Range of Mental Health Issues.

On his personal initiative, Mr. Roy starts Monday a blog online, via the platform HuffingtonPost Quebec , “to lift the veil on the reality of current mental health services,” says the principal.

“We want to challenge the population, receive their comments, their suggestions. For example, have you tried to access a psychologist in the public services recently? Have you succeeded? If so, how much waiting time did you have to tolerate? “Asks the president of the QPA, speaking directly to the citizens.

The latter wants to provoke a great dialogue between his professional association, the population and political decision-makers, in order to finally break down the barriers of taboo and misunderstanding.

“When the public gets a head on what they want, it sends a powerful message to policy makers,” he concludes.

MSQ behind

From May 7th to 13th, the Mental Health Movement Quebec (MSQ), organization behind the theme week program, invites the public to several activities, panels and conferences.

“When a person feels that he is the instigator of his actions and that they are connected to his values, when he can make choices to achieve his goals, that she feels that she is making progress and that “We recognize its value, that it loves, feels loved and integrated, it has many ingredients to promote its mental health,” says Renée Ouimet, the director of the Movement Mental Health Quebec, curtain of the week.

In Quebec, one-third of insurance claims are a direct result of a mental health problem.

Data collection in the Americas, Europe and Asia already confirms that the need for autonomy, competence and social affiliation is universal, and that their satisfaction leads to beneficial consequences in the workplace, according to the professor. organization and human resources of UQAM, Jacques Forest.

“Meeting these needs and investing $ 1 in the workplace to care for employees would save organizations $ 3.19 and subscribe to a happier, less stressful life.”

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