Student's Psychological Health

Innovative project to promote psychological health among the student community in the Estrie region


Université de Sherbrooke, Cégep de Sherbrooke, Bishop’s University, Champlain College Lennoxville, Collégial du Séminaire de Sherbrooke, Cégep de Chicoutimi, and the Centre RBC d’expertise universitaire en santé mentale


In Quebec, youths 15 to 24 years old make up the age group with the highest rates of psychological distress. According to a study conducted in eight of the province’s college institutions, more than one third of students report suffering from very high anxiety. The number of help requests for mental health problems continues to rise in colleges and universities. Recent years have seen a proliferation of mental health studies focusing on the Quebec student population, and the findings are converging on the importance of properly understanding the risk factors associated with individuals and their academic context in order to be able to take effective, concerted action.

This innovative project is aimed at establishing a global approach across the institutions involved. The project leverages multiple proven initiatives in order to address this community’s needs and realities, and to act on acknowledged risk factors and boost protection factors associated with mental health and psychological issues.

Project leaders

Julie Lane, Professor at the UdeS Faculty of Education and Director of the Centre RBC d’expertise universitaire en santé mentale, addressed to children, teens and young adults.

This project has received $50,000 in financial support from PRESE under its winter 2019 funding competition. An extra 50 000 $ was awarded by the PRESE in January 2020 to support the implementation of the actions in the five participating institutions.