Final report on aftermath of Dawson College shooting released

September 9, 2010

Yesterday researchers released the results of their 3-year study, a world first, into the 2006 Dawson College shooting. Nearly 1,000 students and staff attending or working at Dawson at the time of the incident participated in the study. 30% of respondents experienced a psychological disorder, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, major depression, alcohol dependence, and social phobia. Those with pre-existing mental disorders experienced difficulty up to 18 months following the shooting. Overall, 13% of the college's population sought professional help following the incident, while another 14% accessed mental health information online. Researchers also released detailed reports that review the medical response; make recommendations to educational institutions, hospitals, social services, and the government; and propose a multimodal intervention program to be implemented should a similar incident occur in the future. MUHC News Release